Öncü familiarises himself with Silverstone track on Friday23/08/2019
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider participated in the first two free practice sessions of the British Grand Prix.
Can Öncü once again carried out one of his main tasks this season on Friday, as he adapted to another new circuit. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider took part in FP1 and FP2 at the British Grand Prix, gaining valuable experience at Silverstone, the longest track on the calendar.
Over the 40 minutes of FP1, the Turkish youngster made solid progress, gradually improving his pace. On his 11th lap of a total of 14, Can dropped three seconds off his previous personal best, setting his fastest time of the session, 2:15.277, which provisionally placed him amongst the riders going directly to Q2. Finally, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rookie concluded the practice in 26th place.
In the afternoon, Öncü continued adapting to the Silverstone Circuit, managing to beat his morning time by more than a second. The 16-year-old ended the session in 26th position, stopping the clock at 2:14.027 on his 11th lap of a total of 15. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider finished the day in 27th place on the combined timesheets.
Tomorrow, Can Öncü has one last free practice in the morning to continue improving his times before qualifying, which will start at 12:35 pm (Q1) and at 1:00 pm (Q2), local time.
Combined practice times (FP1 – FP2)
1. Tony Arbolino (Honda) 2:12.008
2. Albert Arenas (KTM) 2:12.224 +0.216
3. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Honda) 2:12.252 +0.244
4. Darryn Binder (KTM) 2:12.287 +0.279
5. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 2:12.415 +0.407
27. Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:14.027 +2.019
61 CAN ÖNCÜ
“Today I rode at Silverstone for the first time and I can say that it’s a circuit I like, although it is very difficult. After the two free practice sessions, I started to understand the track better as every time I went out, it was a little easier for me. We worked hard and we took a big step from FP1 to FP2. I think if we keep moving forward tomorrow in FP3, we have a chance of getting into Q2. I feel better than at the last race and I’m ready for Saturday.”