By winning the Algarve Grand Prix in Portimao, KTM-Ajo driver Pedro Acosta secured the Moto3 world title ahead of schedule. The Spaniard fought his way through the field from the fifth row on the grid and dueled with World Championship rival Dennis Foggia (Honda), who led the race for a long time and was eliminated on the last lap due to an involuntary fall. Darryn Binder (Honda) knocked Dennis Foggia out of the race and was then disqualified.
“I don’t even know what to say,” remarked the new Moto3 world champion after his victory in Portugal. “I just cried on the last lap. Many thanks to the whole team, to Aki [Ajo], to KTM and to Red Bull. They gave me a family throughout the season and always believed in me, just like my own family. Thank you all! This world title is for them. “
Honda rider Andrea Migno inherited second place due to the chaos on the last lap. “First of all, congratulations to Pedro on winning the World Cup. I’m sorry for Foggia that he crashed innocently,” said Migno. “I’m very satisfied myself, because I came from 16th on the grid. I had problems with the grip all weekend. In the race, however, the conditions suited me. It was fun and I’m happy.”
Niccolo Antonelli was another beneficiary of the chaotic final lap and finished third on the podium. “It was crazy, as always. In the end I was no longer in the fight for the podium because there was a contact beforehand. I then just tried to finish the last lap. From that point of view, I’m happy,” he said Italian.
Not a perfect starting position for Pedro Acosta
Sergio Garcia (GasGas) started the race from pole and shared the front row with John McPhee (Honda) and Adrian Fernandez (Husqvarna). World Championship leader Pedro Acosta was in position 14 in row five. World Championship rival Dennis Foggia started the race from fourth on the grid.
At the start, Sergio Garcia held his own at the top. When the field turned onto the home straight, the order was mixed up. Dennis Foggia stormed to the top. The Italian tried to escape the field and was able to pull away easily.
Pedro Acosta doesn’t want Dennis Foggia to escape
Pedro Acosta realized that his World Cup challenger was trying to break away and fought his way through the chasing group with determined maneuvers. After four laps, Acosta was already in fourth position. The KTM rider only had Honda riders Dennis Foggia, Xavier Artigas and Darryn Binder in front of him. Without a slipstream, Dennis Foggia could not escape the field and was caught again.
On lap nine, Pedro Acosta took second position and only had Dennis Foggia in front of him, who continued to lead the race. At the start of lap ten, Acosta braked past Foggia in turn 1, but could not hold the line and was passed through to third position. A little later, however, the World Cup leader moved back to second position.
Jaume Masia ousted Dennis Foggia from the top
After twelve laps, Jaume Masia braked past team-mate Pedro Acosta and took the lead two corners later. When Jaume Masia tried to overtake Dennis Foggia was pushed off the line and slipped back to third position.
Pedro Acosta realized that it was the right time to attack and slipped past Jaume Masia on lap 13. But in lap 14, the world championship leader lost a number of positions because he looked back. Acosta slipped back to sixth position. Jaume Masia led the race from Sergio Garcia and Dennis Foggia.
The race became much more hectic in the final third. The positions almost changed from curve to curve. The top 13 were within 1.6 seconds. Dennis Foggia held his own at the top in the closing stages. Pedro Acosta took the lead again three laps before the end of the race. Jaume Masia dropped out after an incident with Andrea Migno and Darryn Binder.
Darryn Binder knocks the World Cup contender out of the race
In the penultimate lap, Dennis Foggia took the lead again and went into the final lap as the leader. Pedro Acosta slowed past Turn 3. Dennis Foggia was brought down by Darryn Binder. That decided the championship. Sergio Garcia was also a victim of Darryn Binder’s maneuvers.
Pedro Acosta took the win ahead of Andrea Migno and Niccolo Antonelli. Darryn Binder finished fourth ahead of Jeremy Alcoba. Izan Guevara, Ayumu Sasaki, Romano Fenati, Xavier Artigas and Tatsuki Suzuki completed the top 10.
After the race, Darryn Binder tried to apologize to Dennis Foggia in the Leopard box, but was sent away by the team members. The race management decided after the race to disqualify Binder. As a result, Jeremy Alcoba moved up to fourth position. The following drivers climbed one position each in the ranking. Filip Salac (Honda) slipped into the top 10.
The Moto3 season finale will take place next weekend in Valencia.