Öncü twins to race together again at Red Bull KTM Ajo’s home GP07/08/2019
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team travel to the Red Bull Ring for the eleventh and most special race of the season for them – the Austrian GP.
This weekend the picturesque Red Bull Ring will be the setting for the most highly anticipated round of the season for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team, their home race at the Austrian GP. The eleventh date on the 2019 World Championship calendar will see Can and Deniz Öncü united once more, just seven days after they became the first twins in Grand Prix history to participate in the same race.
Can Öncü arrives in Austria on good form after getting into the points for the second consecutive round at the Czech GP. There he finished 14th having battled with the front group for much of the race. Now the 16-year-old rider returns to a track he knows well from his Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup days. The Turkish youngster achieved three podiums on his two visits to the Austrian track in 2017 and 2018.
Deniz Öncü goes into his second World Championship race as a wildcard in Austria, after making a creditable debut in 18th place at Brno last week. The young Turk completed the Czech Grand Prix without any mistakes and accumulated valuable kilometres on track during a weekend which was affected by changeable weather conditions. Deniz also built up his knowledge of the Red Bull Ring in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2017 and 2018, with two fourth places being his best results there.
The 23-lap Moto3 race at the Austrian GP commences at 11am on Sunday 11th August. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team have Moto3 podium credentials at the Spielberg, with Brad Binder having finished second there in 2016.
Circuit information – Red Bull Ring
Length: 4.318 m / 2.683 miles
Width: 13 metres
Left corners: 3
Right corners: 7
Longest straight: 626 m / 0.389 miles
61 CAN ÖNCÜ
“We started the second half of the season well, by scoring points for the second consecutive race. Now we need to keep working and learning, so that we can take further steps forward. We have to improve the final part of the contests, so we have to push to be more competitive in the last laps. I know the Red Bull Ring from my time in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and I’ve managed to get three podiums there. The goal for Austria is to do my best and to try to be in the top positions again.”
53 DENIZ ÖNCÜ
“The goal for this race in Austria is to keep improving and learning. We have to work on my lap times if we want to be in a higher position. The Red Bull Ring is a track that I like and I know from my two years as a Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup rider. We will definitely be working very hard at this second race in the Moto3 World Championship as a wildcard.”