MotoGP 2023: KTM reasons why it has not put Pedro Acosta in the official team

Pedro Acosta He has achieved a couple of world titles in the three years he has been competing in the motorcycle World Championship. The first one was achieved in Moto3 in 2021. Then he made the leap and had a difficult year in his debut in the intermediate class. But on the second attempt they also won with great brilliance in Moto2 in this 2023 who is in agony.

The numbers of the Tiburn of Mazarrn show very eloquently that we are facing the greatest young talent to emerge in the competition since the emergence of Marc Mrquez. The two-time champion from Murcia already has in his palmares 16 victories, 27 podiums and 5 pole positions. And that has been done in the 56 races that has been disputed to date.

On satellite with Augusto Fernndez

Therefore, many thought that Acosta should have had a place in the factory team. But KTM He claims that it is enough that he managed to get him into the satellite box. Those of Mattighofen They managed to displace Pol Espargar and so they sneaked into the GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 to the competitor of 19 at. Pedro will be the partner of Augusto Fernndez in the coming course. exercise of rookie in a year in which he will try to gain experience so that next year he will make the jump to the official team, where right now the starting lineup is made up of Brad Binder y Jack Miller.

Acosta, during the preseason test held in Valencia.RED BULL

The truth is that Acosta was able to enter through Jackass perfectly. The Australian offered an excellent performance in the campaign that ended last November in Valencia. He finished eleventh with 163 pointsvery far from his garage neighbor (Binder concluded the contest in fourth position with 293).

Miller’s poor performance

This being the case, it is logical that KTM have been forced to justify the decision to have someone as promising as Acosta in the satellite squad. The corresponding explanation has been carried out by Pit Beirer. The boss of the Austrian structure has not beaten around the bush in an interview granted to Speedweek. First of all, it reveals Miller.

It was a disappointment for us that Jack could only show his spring results again in the last seven Grands Prix.. At the same time, Brad Binder He became increasingly stronger in races outside the European continent in the fall… Sometimes, Jack could not return in any way to his old performance. But then, for example, he did a good job all weekend at Sepang. Unfortunately, in the race he once again fell short of expectations, with eighth place. Obviously, we were not happy with that result,” he says.

And then comes the most interesting: “We always had the plan to race with Binder and Miller again in the official KTM team in 2024, and that initial idea was never altered. At all times we were convinced that the alignment with the two Moto2 world champions, Augusto Fernndez and Pedro Acosta, in GASGAS, it made sense. It seemed equally sensible to us to keep Binder and Miller, since they both have a lot of experience. “They always test new parts from the beginning and help find the right direction.”

Leave Acosta alone

Finally, the KTM director explains the reasons for not giving him the motorcycle black paw to Acosta. “Pedro must work calmly in his debut in the queen class. If he had to enter the KTM pit in his first season in MotoGP, he would feel some pressure on him.. That’s why we believe that this is the right way for Pedro to make his debut in the elite. I will do it in the team Herv Poncharal, who has a lot of experience. Then we will decide the direction to take for the future,” concludes Beirer.


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