Can Öncü concludes successful Jerez tests


The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider completes five days of intense work at the Jerez Circuit – Angel Nieto, in preparation for his rookie season in Moto3.


After two days of private testing and three of the first Official Test of the 2019 preseason for the Moto3 class, Can Öncü leaves the Jerez Circuit – Angel Nieto on schedule to be ready for the first race. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider made steady progress this week, gaining experience ahead of his full-time debut in Grand Prix racing.

The 15 year-old rookie was one of the Moto3 riders to put in the most laps on Friday, continuing to get familiar with his KTM and adapt to the pace of the World Championship. Today he clocked his best time of the Official Test, a 1:47.014 that placed him 22nd of the day, 23rd in the overall standings.

Öncü has gained confidence with both his new KTM and team for the 2019 campaign, and will be back in action from March 1st-3rd for the final Official Test, held at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.


Combined standings Moto3 – Jerez test
1. Jaume Masia (KTM) 1:45.241
2. Romano Fenati (Honda) 1:45.921 + 0.680
3. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Honda) 1:45.936 +0.695
4. Tony Arbolino (Honda) 1:46.051 +0.810
5. Andrea Migno (KTM) 1:46.084 +0.843
23. Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:47.014 +1.773


“We leave the test in Jerez with a great base and a good setup for the KTM. My team and I understand each other and work together better with every day that goes by. There is trust between us and we feel good, so I am very happy about that. Overall, the week has been positive. We have three more days left in which to further adapt to the bike. Right now I consider that I have a practically perfect bike, besides some small changes that we have to make. We are ready for the race in Qatar and to try to fight for a good result.”