#QatarGP - March 10, 2024

What an opening weekend at the Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar it has been for Red Bull GASGAS Tech3, suddenly propelled into the media spotlight thanks to the performances of our new recruit and rookie sensation Pedro Acosta. The two-time World Champion of nineteen years old just lived his MotoGP™ dream at his fullest, after he completed his first-ever race in the main category. However, he did not ‘just complete it’, he was unbelievable and fought like he had been there for a few seasons already. Acosta claimed a brilliant P9 on Sunday in Doha after his eighth position in yesterday’s Tissot Sprint, while teammate Augusto Fernandez could not negotiate more than a P17, although small steps were made.

PEDRO ACOSTA. The hype is real. After an impressive pre-season, we knew that it would come down to the first race weekend of the season, but the boy did not disappoint at all. Qualified directly to Q2 on Saturday, P8 on the grid, P8 in the Tissot Sprint, Acosta went for more on Sunday as he lit up the MotoGP™ grid, fearless, fighting for the top positions against the big guns, and keeping us all on our toes. Where was he going to stop? When the lights went out at 20:00 (GMT+3) for the first time of the season, he lost a couple of positions to P10 after being a bit shaken by Jack Miller forcing his way, but he regained positions within two laps as he overtook Aleix Espargaro and Fabio Di Giannantonio. He rode a 1’52.657 on lap 2, his fastest lap, and the fastest of the race. Incredible. The next lap, he took on Ducati Factory rider Enea Bastianini to find his spot behind Alex Marquez. He was P6 on lap 3. But Acosta was not going to stop the fun there, right? Next was Alex Marquez, who he brilliantly picked off on lap 4. Next, the brother, Marc Marquez. The Shark was lapping faster than the eight-time world champion and progressively caught up with the #93, until he dived underneath the Gresini rider on lap 11. Fearless. He was P4 halfway through the race. He was caught back by the two brothers a few laps later, as his pace started to decelerate slightly. Bastianini, Di Giannantonio and Espargaro eventually caught back on the rookie who struggled a bit more within the final five laps, and he took the checkered flag in P9 after an incredible race. We already can't wait to see the next one.

On his side, Augusto Fernandez’ struggles continued to haunt him, after a pre-season far from ideal. He was starting from P18 again today following a tricky qualifying. When the lights went out, he managed a decent start to P16 within two laps, until P15 in lap 6 behind Alex Rins. The next lap was his fastest, 1’53.214, 0.557 seconds from the fastest race lap. He held his point-scoring position for a while, but eventually Marco Bezzecchi increased the pace and took over. A few laps before the end, Augusto’s rhythm dropped a bit more and he lost one more position to Miguel Oliveira. He finished P17, outside of the points, a disappointing result for Fernandez, but he came out with positives from today’s race, positives that he will bring to Portimao in two weeks, as Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 heads back to Europe for the Portuguese Grand Prix, on March 22-24, 2024.

Position: 9th
Championship: 9th
Points: 9
"This first weekend was a dream for me, from the start to the end. Being on the grid, getting my first start, doing my first overtakes, keeping the pace with the big boys, doing many laps, getting a good feeling… Everything was unreal. The bike was working really well, I felt really confident and we enjoyed it a lot. Let’s keep working, because we are on the way!

Position: 17th
Championship: 17th
Points: 0
"We weren’t able to be in the points today, we are still far, but our feeling was slightly better and we have to be happy with it at the moment. The team is working very hard to give me the bike I need, and I am also giving everything to adapt to it as much as I can and need to be faster. Let’s take the positives, because it is the best day on the bike I’ve had since the pre-season, we have a good basis, so let’s continue working in Portugal.

"It has been an emotional opening round for the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 team. When Pedro Acosta qualified directly to Q2 on Saturday before finishing in P8 at the Tissot Sprint, it was already a successful weekend for us, but today’s race was MotoGP at its climax! Pedro rode an unbelievable race for his first one in MotoGP, he managed to go up to the fourth place before dropping a little bit, but it is unbelievable for a rookie. He fought with big names of MotoGP, and it is a huge achievement for which we can only say congratulations to him. He was quite pleased with his bike today, so we can only highlight the job made by Pierer Mobility and the team this weekend and over the winter, because we have a bike to fight for the front. Finally, thanks to Pedro for his work, he has a bright future ahead of him, and we are just at the beginning. On the other side of the garage, we saw some small steps being made by Augusto Fernandez. He felt a bit better today, but we are still too far, and we still want more. The only way at the moment is to take it step by step to try being at the level we are targeting. Congratulations to the whole team for this opening round, and let’s move on to the next round in Portugal.


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