Acosta makes history at Spanish GP with third consecutive Moto3 victory02/05/2021
The Spaniard also becomes the first rider ever to achieve four podium finishes in his first four Grand Prix races. Masia places 21st despite a last-lap crash.
Red Bull KTM Ajo and Acosta made history again this Sunday, winning their third consecutive race at the Spanish GP. The rookie is the youngest to earn a trio of back-to-back victories, and also becomes the first rider to achieve four podium finishes in his first four World Championship starts. With this result, he extends his lead in the Moto3 standings. Teammate Masia had a tough day, as when fighting at the front another competitor knocked him to the ground. He would remount to finish 21st.
Acosta made a great start from the fifth row, in 13th place, gaining two spots on the opening lap. The Spaniard had to avoid an incident in front of him, which broke up the leading group. However, he catched them back up, and the rookie began to overtake several rivals with his strong pace. By Lap 5, he was up into the podium positions. After a highly contested final stage of the race, Acosta made a magnificent last lap pass, overcoming two other riders at the same time, to take the chequered flag first.
The Spanish GP started well for Masia, who managed to hold his position, 15th, when the lights went out. During the first half of the contest, the Spaniard was at the back of the leading group, staying calm and conserving his energy. After the halfway point of the race, he upped his pace and made a climb up the order, reaching the podium spots. On the last lap, when fighting for victory, a collision from another competitor saw both crash, with the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider getting back up to place 21st.
Acosta remains Moto3 World Championship leader with 95 points. Masia is 5th with 39. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo will now enjoy a week off before traveling to Le Mans, where the French GP will take place from May 14-16th.
Results (Moto3 Race)
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 39:22.266
2. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) +0.417
3. Jeremy Alcoba (Honda) +0.527
4. Andrea Migno (Honda) +0.548
5. Ayumu Sasaki (KTM) +0.971
21. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +19.439
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 95 points
2. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 44 points
3. Andrea Migno (Honda) 42 points
4. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) 40 points
5. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 39 points
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“We are very happy with the performance by our riders today in Moto3; they both did a great job. However, at the end of the race we had mixed emotions. Pedro [Acosta] was incredible again; he made a small mistake, but he managed to recover in an amazing way to get the victory again. He continues to surprise us, weekend after weekend. As for Jaume [Masia], he had a positive Grand Prix. He rode a very smart round and we are disappointed about the crash he suffered on the last lap as a result of contact from another rider. However, the season is long and we have to stay focused. Our team are one hundred percent motivated to continue progressing.”
5 JAUME MASIA
“I want to thank the team for the great job they have done throughout the weekend. There was nothing that we could do to avoid the crash. Now it’s time to reset and focus on the next race at Le Mans, where we will try again.”
37 PEDRO ACOSTA
“It was a tough race. We suffered, but in the end, we managed to win at our home round. In general, it was a difficult weekend compared to the previous three, since at this Grand Prix we were trying things out right up until the warm-up. This result is for the team, who did an exceptional job to get the bike ready. I also want to dedicate it to my family and my coach, Paco.”