Moto3 rising star and title leader Pedro Acosta has been ruled out of the Dutch Grand Prix after injuries sustained in his FP3 crash.
A massive accident at the end of the third practice session for Moto3’s Dutch Grand Prix has marred proceedings on qualifying day in Assen. Title leader Acosta went down out of the Geert Timmer Chicane and was then run over by another rider, with Stefano Nepa, Ricardo Rossi, and Ryusei Yamanaka involved in the incident too.
Acosta, Nepa, and Rossi were all attended to on track by the medical team, and all thankfully got up and walked away, albeit very gingerly. Nepa and Acosta were taken to hospital for further examination, where the KTM rider has been declared unfit due to an upper back injury.
Despite not racing this weekend, Acosta will be the title leader coming out of Assen, as he holds a 55 point lead in the title, though the lead could shrink to 20 if Sergio Garcia wins. Acosta has said he feels “OK” and will try and get medical clearance to race tomorrow.
It is the latest in a string of serious accidents in Moto3, with questions being raised over the safety of the category. Ayumu Sasaki has yet to return after being injured in the Catalan Grand Prix, and Jason Dupasquier passed away after a crash in Mugello.
ASN extends its well wishes to Acosta, and hope he recovers as quickly as possible.