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Pedro Acosta joins the UCAM sports family

The MotoGP rider, reigning Moto2 World Champion and one of Spain's current top athletes, was at the Olympic Committee headquarters yesterday, Wednesday, for an event organised with new athletes from the University

Pedro Acosta, MotoGP rider, joins the UCAM-COE family
Pedro Acosta, MotoGP rider, joins the UCAM-COE family

The Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM) has added Pedro Acosta, one of the biggest stars of the MotoGP World Championship, to its ranks. Known as the 'Shark of Mazarrón', Acosta, the current Moto 2 World Champion , has made the jump to the premier class this season and is happy with this step: ‘It is an honour to be part of the UCAM family, an emblematic organisation that has always been committed to sports. I am confident that this will be a lasting partnership and that together we will achieve great success. It is always a pleasure to wear the colours of entities that belong to our region, Murcia’.

This Murcian alliance between one of Spain's top sportsmen and women and the University of Sports marks a significant milestone, as UCAM gains from Acosta, whose talent and dedication inspire a whole generation of young athletes.

Pedro Acosta, one of the most outstanding drivers on the current sporting scene, is making his mark on the world circuit. He did so from his beginnings in local competitions to his current international recognition. His on-track riding style, technical skills and determination have earned him two World Championships (Moto3 in 2021 and Moto2 in 2023), achieving his dream of earning a place on the MotoGP grid in 2024. 

His first act as a UCAM athlete, at the COE

Yesterday, Wednesday 13 March, at noon, at the headquarters of the Spanish Olympic Committee in Madrid, the official presentation of the new athletes joining the UCAM-COE alliance took place, many of them already with a place for the Olympic Games in ParisElia Canales (archery), Adrián del Río (canoeing), Laura Heredia (modern pentathlon), Manuel Bargues (fencing), Víctor Ruiz (athletics), Patricia Álvarez and Constanza Amundson (hockey), Alejandro Puebla (open water swimming), María de Valdés (swimming) and Laura Fuertes (boxing). Pedro Acosta from Mazarrón will join all of them. 

The event was attended by the presidents of both UCAM and the Spanish Olympic Committee, María Dolores García and Alejandro Blanco, and some athletes with long-standing links to UCAM, such as canoeists David Cal (winner of five Olympic medals) and Marcus Cooper (two Olympic medals), Adriana Cerezo (Olympic runner-up in taekwondo), Lydia Valentín (triple Olympic medallist in weightlifting), Damián Quintero (Olympic runner-up in karate), Alberto Fernández (Olympic champion in shooting) and María Pérez (European and world champion in race walking).