Fantastic second position for Can Öncü in Albacete14/10/2018
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider achieves his best result of the season with a second place in Albacete, whilst brother Deniz finishes the race outside the points.
Can Öncü took his second podium of the season in the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship this weekend at Albacete, finishing the only race of the day in second place. Twin brother, Deniz Öncü, was 32nd after a difficult weekend.
Can Öncü, who took off from fourth, had to fight back from a difficult start to the race. The mixed track conditions due to rain before the contest began caused the young Turkish rider to drop to eleventh place. However, from Lap 6 he began to climb up the order and improved his lap times consistently. With five laps to go, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider hunted down the group that was fighting for second place to achieve his second podium of the season, and his best result in the FIM CEV so far.
Deniz Öncu was hindered by the results of a tricky qualifying session the day before, leaving him on the ninth row of the grid. The mixed conditions meant improvement was difficult to come by, and despite his hard work and commitment in the race, Deniz eventually placed 32nd.
Can Öncü is now 8th in the overall standings with a total of 69 points, while Deniz Öncü is 13th with 39 points. The last round of the season will see two races for the Moto3 class, and will be held on November 24th and 25th at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia.
1. Raul Fernandez (KTM) 32:49.097
2. Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +2.213
3. Yuki Kunii (Honda) +3.349
4. Apiwath Wongthananon (KTM) +6.774
5. Thomas Booth-Amos (Honda) +10.200
32. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +1:44.228
Moto3 Junior World Championship Standing
1. Raul Fernandez (KTM) 180 points
2. Manuel Pagliani (Honda) 131
3. Yuki Kunii (Honda) 114 points
4. Jeremy Alcoba (Honda) 101 points
5. Sergio Garcia (Honda) 96 points
8. Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 69 points
13. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 39 points
53 DENIZ ÖNCÜ
“All in all, it has been a very difficult weekend. I didin’t have enough confidence, wich meant I couldn’t set good times. In adition, in the race there were mixed conditions: First the track was wet and then after a couple of laps it began to dry out. We couldn’t claim points today, but at Valencia I’ll give my all to get a better result.”
61 CAN ÖNCÜ
“This second position is perfect. We didn’t get a great start, because the track was still a little wet and we had some problems with the bike. Even so, I continued fighting and, when I saw that the track was starting to dry out, I took advantage to impose my pace. Lap after lap I was gaining positions; First I overtook the group that was fighting for fifth position and, after passing them, I gave my all to reach the group that was battling for second position. Finally I got there and I passed them with five laps to go. The next round in Valencia will be the last of the season, so our goal will be to get onto the podium in the two races we will contest there.”