Misfortune for Can Öncü at Catalan Grand Prix


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider was up in 12th position, but a crash on Lap 4 prevented him from finishing the race.

After a weekend of constant progress, a crash in the initial part of the race left Can Öncü empty handed at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. Despite the final result, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider was performing well, after making a good start, and he was pushing towards the Top 10.

Can Öncü had gained four grid positions because of penalties to other riders, which meant he was placedn in 16th. The young Turk got away well, overtaking four rivals and joining the leading group. Unfortunately, the great work of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rookie was cut short when he crashed out on Lap 4, the unfavourable move involved some of the racers in his proximity and marked the end to Grand Prix at Montmelo for Can.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team and Öncü will remain in Barcelona for a test next week at the same track, where they will look to continue making progress. The eighth round of the World Championship takes place at the Assen circuit, venue for the Dutch Grand Prix, from 28th to 30th June.


Results (Moto3 Race)
1. Marcos Ramirez (Honda) 38:36.156
2. Aron Canet (KTM) +0.119
3. Celestino Vietti (KTM) +0.146
4. Alonso Lopez (Honda) +0.235
5. Dennis Foggia (KTM) +0.947
DNF. Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2019
1. Aron Canet (KTM) 103 points
2. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Honda) 80 points
3. Niccolo Antonelli (Honda) 75 points
4. Celestino Vietti (KTM) 68 points
5. Jaume Masia (KTM) 65 points
29. Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 0 points


Aki Ajo – Team manager
“It was a positive weekend for Can [Öncü] and we have to keep working like that. From Mugello onwards the rider himself and the team have found the way forward. They are doing a great job and I’ve really seen a great progression on their part. Unfortunately, he made a mistake during the race and could not finish. We feel sorry for the rest of the riders involved in the incident.”



“The beginning of the race went quite well, we made a great start. I’m happy because we were quick and we had a good pace. I was also really pleased, since we started 16th and we reached the top 10. However, I made a mistake and I crashed; I want to apologize to the other riders involved in the incident. For the next Grand Prix we will have to ride more carefully in the first laps; we’ll work hard at the Barcelona test next week.”