Carlos Tataya's Paradox - GP Inside

Carlos Tataya’s Paradox – GP Inside

In 2022, Carlos Tatai is already having his best season in Moto3. However, the CFMOTO Racing PrustelGP rider seems to have stagnated after three full years in the category, one who once embodied the hopes of Spanish speed.

Can we put Carlos Tataya in the box of fallen hopes already? In 2018, the motorcycle world discovered the Spaniard in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup. At 15, he won his second championship race. The following year, the Valencia native made a splash: with nine podiums in ten races, Carlos Tatay won the title ahead of a certain… Pedro Acosta. Hopes that he will make a good career have come true.

He then took good care of his Moto3 debut, finishing twelfth at the 2019 Catalunya Grand Prix, where he entered as a wildcard. A result he would achieve again at the end of the season at Motorland Aragon in his second World Championship weekend. Founded in 2020 by Avintia Esponsorama Racing, Carlos Tatay has had a typical rookie season with ups and downs. The six-time points-scorer finished 22nd in the championship with 26 points and the sixth-best finish in Valencia. Resuming with the same team in 2021, this campaign should have been a confirmation, but the Spanish hope did not live up to expectations, finishing 21st in the championship with 40 points.

Carlos Tatay has joined the CFMOTO Racing PrustelGP team in 2022. After finishing third in the second round in Indonesia, he scored eight points and is currently on 64, seven points better than his teammate Javi Artigas. But he is not at the level of men who are fighting for the podium, let alone the title – he lags behind the leader Sergio Garcia by 118 points. The comparison with his then opponent in the previous Grand Prix, Pedro Acosta, is even more painful. The latter is the reigning Moto3 champion, shines in Moto2 and hopes to move up to MotoGP with KTM in the coming years.

In the short term, Carlos Tatai needs to quickly return to the front to hope to attract the attention of some Moto2 teams. Or at least carve out a place in Moto3 to challenge for minor category medals. The first win could be the trigger. Perhaps this is what he needs to regain the spirit of youth.

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