‘In my first motorcycle race I cried’, remembers Pedro Acosta

On the other end of the phone, the leader of the Moto3 World Championship Pedro Acosta, rider of the Red Bull KTM Ajo of Moto3, is funny and serious at the same time, the young man from Murcia is very Gemini, who was left without plan B because he was not a very good student although he could not combine studies and careers well either. Asphalt bikes did not throw him much and it was always, and still is, more than motocross, where he continues to have more fun.

Is it true that in the first race you ran you started crying?

Yes Yes. I went to my first race two months after I started riding a motorcycle, that race was in a league that had inter-schools and there were two groups, A for the fast and B for the slow and I was the last of the slow ones. . I saw myself there and the reaction that came out of my body was to start crying. In the second I was still one of the last of the slow ones, but I already enjoyed it and at the end of the year I ended up being one of the fast ones ”.

Like Maverick Viñales, Acosta comes from a family of fishermen, and his father’s love for motorcycles was also the instigator. “My father is a fisherman, but he has always been very fond of motorcycles. I had a motorcycle to go on Sunday to ride at the Cartagena circuit, let’s say it’s Sunday. My father gave me a Chinese motocross motorcycle for my fourth birthday and I would go on weekends to a soccer field behind my house to ride. I did not like asphalt motorcycles and the clear example is that today I only dedicate myself to riding motorcycles, where I have the best time is doing motocross. The same day that I was accompanying my father Paco (Marmol), my coach, he opened a school and I saw that there were so many children that I got the urge to try it ”.

As a child I did not like asphalt motorcycles and the clear example is that today I only dedicate myself to riding motorcycles, where I have the best time is doing motocross

Being their working-class origins, the way to open the doors without costing them a fortune or not being able to face it directly depended on the results: “I have never been asked for results, but when you are young and you are starting out, it is affordable for parents. Thanks to the results that I took to the Spanish championship, it allowed me to do my first year of FIM CEV without having to put money in, in the Rookies Cup you only have to pay for the trips, the championships that I have gone have helped me a lot because I If it had to be based on my father’s pocket, I would be at home fishing ”,

As for his studies, he left them after repeating the 3rd year of ESP. “In the first year of the Rookies I repeated a year, but I did 12 weekends away from home and I would go on Wednesday mornings and on Monday I would come. I repeated third, I took it out the following year and when I received the offers for the world championship, I already dedicated myself 100% to motorcycles. In the end, if you want to be one thing, you have to be 100% focused on that thing. I understand that people have to have a plan B, this was a bet and if you don’t bet everything, don’t bet anything “

The election of ’37 was a fluke. “I always wore 34 for Kevin Schwantz, but one year another pilot took it and the only one that remained was 37 and I took it because there was no other number and it was left to me, pure discard,

He says he likes the nickname of Tiburon de Mazarrón. “Yes, it is something funny that they showed on television, in the end it represents me because my father comes from the sea, Mazarrón is where I live and I think it is something funny.”

My networks are carried by one person, but I have never liked all that and I see it as a waste of time

And they call him Kevin, after Schwantz, his father’s idol, only in motorcycle school. “As I was wearing 34 in motorcycle school, they started taking me Kevin and there I am still Kevin, but at home and at races I am Pedro”, And the social networks, he says, does not go with him although he has profiles that take him: “I have never liked them. In Qatar my cell phone broke because of so many messages that came in and now my networks are carried by one person, but I have never liked all of that and I see it as a waste of time ”.