Pedro Acosta stays down to earth: “I see the fisherman, real life”

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Pedro Acosta: “Every week, I return home and encounter the fishermen… I witness the authenticity of life.”

Pedro Acosta remains steadfast in his assurance that he won’t be swept away by the meteoric rise of his MotoGP career. Within a span of just three seasons, he clinched Moto3 and Moto2 world championships, and in his debut MotoGP race in Qatar, he set the fastest lap.

Following up with podium finishes in third and second places at Portimao and COTA respectively, where he emerged as the top KTM rider, Acosta’s anticipation mounts for his first Spanish MotoGP at Jerez.

Despite his burgeoning success, Acosta, hailing from a lineage of fishermen, finds solace in the grounded reality of his roots.

“Returning home every week, witnessing the toil of fishermen, grounds me in the essence of real life,” remarks the 19-year-old, whose father’s fishing vessel inspires his shark logo.

Though Acosta’s performances draw effusive praise from GASGAS/KTM management, including team boss Herve Poncharal who heralds his “magic,” Acosta deflects the acclaim.

“Herve might be delighted now! But let’s wait till he starts frowning!” jests Acosta, who recently led a MotoGP race for the first time at COTA. “Yet, we’re just part of the KTM family, learning from the likes of Jack and Brad, who boast immeasurable experience. I’m a sponge, absorbing their expertise, seeking to refine my craft every day.”

“While it’s true we’re currently enjoying a favorable period, it’s equally true that fortunes can change in an instant. That’s why it’s imperative to stay grounded and not dwell too much on our current success.”

Seated alongside Acosta on Thursday, Ducati’s reigning double world champion, Francesco Bagnaia, was queried about the distinctive approach #31 brings to the bike.

“He’s introducing a novel technique in corner entries, with greater entry speed,” Bagnaia elucidated. “His prowess lies in this aspect, particularly noticeable in the initial phase of cornering, rather than solely on the straights. He maintains this pace without overly concerning himself with tire degradation, granting him a notable advantage. His success stems from skill, not merely chance.”

Reflecting on Acosta’s Moto3 days, characterized by adept front-wheel sliding under braking, the question arises: can this technique be replicated on the RC16?

“Much has changed since then. The tires are broader, and the bike itself is vastly different. Yet, the essence remains; ultimately, it’s a Pierer Mobility machine cloaked in red.

They possess the know-how to construct swift bikes,” Acosta affirmed. “Indeed, my riding style mirrors those Moto3 days, emphasizing braking slides and early corner entry, rendering us competitive in braking.”

However, challenges persist, notably in improving corner exits, which Acosta perceives as a current weakness. “It’s an aspect we’re actively addressing. Currently, it’s my Achilles’ heel, hindering my ability to tail closely and capitalize on slipstreams,” he admitted.

Regarding the forthcoming weekend’s prospects, where KTM riders like Brad Binder, Jack Miller, and Dani Pedrosa showcased their prowess last season, Acosta remains cautiously optimistic.

“While last year witnessed impressive performances from Brad, Jack, and Dani, we confront numerous uncertainties. America showcased our potential, but Jerez presents a different challenge.

Regardless, we approach it methodically, maintaining composure and eschewing undue expectations,” Acosta remarked.

As the Spanish MotoGP beckons, the journey unfolds, with the opening practice slated for Friday morning.

Stay tuned with We4GP for more news.

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