Pedro Acosta: “When they open the garage, you'll see!"

Just 2 years and 8 months after his grand prix debut, Pedro Acosta will ride his first MotoGP laps at Tuesday’s Valencia test.
Pedro Acosta, Valencia MotoGP, 23 November
Pedro Acosta, Valencia MotoGP, 23 November

Acosta’s MotoGP future has arguably been a question of ‘when’ not ‘if’ ever since he won in only his second Moto3 appearance, from a pitlane start, in Qatar 2021.

The Spaniard went on to clinch the Moto3 title in his rookie season, then took three victories during an injury-interrupted Moto2 campaign before romping to this year’s crown with two rounds to spare.

The 19-year-old has been placed by KTM at the GASGAS Tech3 team for his MotoGP debut.

"It's going to be difficult to manage all the emotions [this weekend],” Acosta admitted.

“I'm trying to focus on enjoying my last Moto2 race, with the fans and with the [Ajo] team.

“But I'm more focused on Monday, not Tuesday, to understand how a MotoGP team works.

“I just want to understand how to ride this bike fast,” Acosta added.

“I know KTM put a lot of guys from the factory at Tech3 and I think that will help a lot to have a fast way to understand how to ride."

With 2024 team-mate Augusto Fernandez running the same #37 currently used by Acosta, the teenager will need to pick a new number for MotoGP.

"You'll see it on Tuesday morning! When they open the garage, you'll see!" he teased.

Acosta ran the #51 while team-mate to Fernandez in Moto2.

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