#CatalanGP - May 26, 2024

The stage was set for a great Sunday of racing at the circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with 176,684 fans having come to watch the action of the Catalan Grand Prix. Third of the Tissot Sprint on his twentieth birthday, Pedro Acosta did an incredible start in today's race, but got caught by the tricky Catalan layout, and his dreams of winning his maiden premier class race went to dust when he crashed. Still, he managed to score points and settled with a thirteenth place after rejoining the race. It was not Augusto Fernandez’ day when he crashed after five laps, despite making a good start today.

Now aged of twenty-years old and one day, we are, without taking it too seriously, starting to count the days left for Pedro Acosta to become the youngest premier class winner, and to take the record of Marc Marquez (twenty years old and sixty-three days). Stats aside, the rookie had delivered an impressive weekend so far in Catalunya, being constantly amongst the fastest in all sessions, and even gifting himself with a third place in yesterday’s sprint, on his birthday. As lights went out at 14:00 local time today under the Catalan sun, Acosta did just like yesterday, meaning taking a rocket start from P5 to P2 at the first braking in turn 1, behind Francesco Bagnaia, with Jorge Martin in his back wheel. Second in the first few laps, he tried overtaking Bagnaia but got himself a little scare, having to save a potential crash. He eased things down a bit, in third, on the chase for the world champion and his runner up. There are worse things. Eventually, Martin and himself made their way to the front over Bagnaia. Acosta was getting the hot laps in, and a 1'39.664 in lap 7 (which is the new record in race), allowed him to grow his gap with Pecco to 0.76 seconds. The chase for the first win was truly on, and the rookie was providing us with a solid and smart performance, working hard on tyres management. Unfortunately, the dream faded away when he crashed in the tenth lap, falling off winning contention while battling with Jorge Martin. Not giving up, the rookie rejoined and made it all the way from P20 at the back to P13 at the checkered flag, to score a few points. A small reward after what had been an incredible weekend for the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 rider, and it is with no doubt that the shark will head to the next round eager to do better on Sunday!

On Augusto Fernandez’ side, we were looking forward to Sunday’s race after the disappointment of Saturday’s sprint. The pace had been pretty competitive for the #37 since the start of the weekend, constantly less than one second from the fastest laps of the timesheets. Starting from P19 again today, the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 rider took a rather decent start to P16 to exit lap 1 behind Marco Bezzecchi. He managed to overtake the VR46 rider the next lap, and with Jack Miller’s crash at the front, he was in P14 after three laps. The feeling appeared to be good for Augusto, but unfortunately his hopes of a top 10 result died when he crashed in the fifth lap. Luckily, there is already another chance coming our way as we are now heading directly to Mugello in Italy for the Italian Grand Prix.

Position: 13th
Championship: 6th
Points: 83
"It was the first weekend during which we were constantly competitive, which is a great thing for us. We were doing a really good start to the race, but I made a small mistake, on a tricky track. The positive point for us is that we have been able to be competitive and at the front on a track that is not necessarily our best, so all we can do now is focusing on Mugello next week, and I am sure that we are going to have a good one in Italy!"

Postion: DNF
Championship: 17th
Points: 13
"It is a shame to crash early in the race, but I did a good start and was feeling like I could fight for something close to the top 10, which would have been a top step for us. It is a bit tough, but let’s head to Mugello with positivity, because we were a bit more competitive this weekend.

Team Manager
"It is difficult to hide our disappointment after today’s race! In yesterday’s sprint, Pedro Acosta learnt a lot after struggling with the front end of his bike, so today he rode very smartly. He took a small risk on the tyres choice, not the most popular, but he was confident to go with a medium at the front and a soft at the rear, and we could see that he was really fast. It is quite easy to crash on this track, which he did, but we have to be positive because he crashed while fighting for the win. I would like to thank him for his never give-up attitude, because he rejoined the race to finish P13 and pick up a few points, a small reward after such a great weekend from his end. Augusto Fernandez was also having a decent pace early into the race, but he also crashed. Great shame, but we are moving to Italy with a lot of positives for the next round in Mugello.


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