Moto3 : Rookie Pedro Acosta Looks to Continue Form and Storm Jerez
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Pedro Acosta will be looking to carry on his run of spectacular form, this weekend on the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto in Andalucía, Spain.
The perfect motorcycle racing track with fast sweeping bends, tight technical flip-flops, a fast back straight and a final corner that always spells drama – this is the scene for this weekend’s white-knuckle ride of Moto3. The weather looks to be fine all weekend, so we are in for a cracking race on Sunday, but as last year proved – in MotoGP in particular – the build-up through the practices and qualifying will also be fascinating viewing.
Last year in Moto3, we had two brilliant races here with the eventual champion, Albert Arenas, winning the first race and – rather violently – crashing out of the second with Tasuki Suzuki being the victor on that day.
Pedro Acosta will be looking to replicate Tatsuki Suzuki with a win this weekend. The Spaniard is on impeccable form moving into Round 4, after a run of great results in the opening three rounds. His Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate, Jaume Masia has been on the end of some bad luck this year, and will be looking to close his colleague down with a good result this weekend.
Petronas Sprinta Racing rider John McPhee will be looking to get some points on the board this weekend. The Brit showed plenty of promise last year, and finished 2nd in Race 2 by a tiny 0.064 second margin. But he got himself in all sorts of bother in Race 1, on the exit of the final corner on the final lap, falling from 4th position after being nerfed by Tony Arbolino. McPhee has had a very bad start to this season, so will be looking for a turn of fortune this week. His teammate Darryn Binder will want a better race this year, after falling in the first race and achieving P4 in the second. He’s had a promising start to the year and has the ability to carve through the field if his qualifying doesn’t go so well.
Leopard Racing always have really quick bikes in a straight line which is quite handy down the back section here. Dennis Foggia finished 2nd last time out in Portugal, by 0.051 seconds, and goes well at this circuit. He was rammed last year into the first turn by Carlos Tatay, so will be looking to stay out of his way on Sunday morning. He has good speed at Jerez, and so is definitely in with a shout of the win. His rookie teammate Xavier Artigas has made plenty of mistakes this year, but there is no doubting his unbelievable talent. He is coming to a track where he has experience from the Junior World Championship, so hopefully we will see the true flair of the young Spaniard this time out.
Rivacold Snipers Team rider Andrea Migno had a good weekend last time out in Portugal and will be looking to fight at the front again this week onboard his Honda. He proved he can race, but consistency has been his downfall over the last few years, so with a bit of luck he can start a good run of results for the season.
Solunion GASGAS Aspar Team riders Izan Guevara and Sergio Garcia have also shown promise this year with a couple of strong results between them. They both look incredibly racy and hopefully can put up a fight on Sunday.
The aforementioned Tatsuki Suzuki has history here, winning one of the races last year, but he’s been off the pace in 2021. He’ll be out to show what he’s made of this time to get his season back on track. Avintia Esponsorama Moto3 rider Niccolo Antonelli had a strong run last time out, so he may be up the sharp end on a track he has a wealth of experience on. He seems to have gotten the crashing out of his system this year also, so he will be eager to get a strong result come Sunday.
Gabriel Rodrigo, Ayumu Sasaki and Romano Fenati also looked strong in the previous round so they will be mixing it up at the front as well.
It’s always a thriller at Jerez. A leading group into the last lap into the final corner gives us excitement lap-on-lap, with the final lap always being one you can’t take your eyes off.
We’re excited. Are you? It all starts with FP1 tomorrow, at 09:00am Local Time (GMT +2).
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