A long chat with much-hyped MotoGP rookie Pedro Acosta headlines the first off-season episode of The Race MotoGP Podcast.
Temporary host Valentin Khorounzhiy is joined by Simon Patterson, who spoke to Acosta as well as MotoGP champion Pecco Bagnaia and Moto3 title winner Jaume Masia during the FIM prize gala in Liverpool.
In an extensive conversation, Acosta reflects on his first taste of KTM machinery - which he is now very bullish will be a "nightmare" for its rivals in the not-too-distant future - in the premier class.
The Moto2 champion also shares his infectious enthusiasm for MotoGP rivalries of old and gives his take on being talked about as 'the new Marc Marquez' in a paddock where "the guy who smiles at you isn't your friend sometimes".
Meanwhile, Bagnaia looks back at the title decider he prevailed in - and sets the stage for 2024 after what he believes was a very encouraging post-season test.
Finally, Masia talks about his swift-looking Moto2 adaptation and the erosion of the 'middle class' of riders in grand prix racing - while the podcast pair also discuss Masia's much-debated Moto3 title triumph.
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