Can Öncü returns to action in Japan


The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will be back on track at Twin Ring Motegi after taking time off to recover from his broken collarbone.

Can Öncü is back in the Red Bull KTM Ajo pit box, following his recovery process from an unfortunate left collarbone injury sustained at the San Marino Grand Prix in September. The Turkish youngster, who missed the Misano, Aragon and Buriram contests as he recuperated, returns to racing this weekend at Twin Ring Motegi for the Japanese GP, the 16th round of the season.

Can Öncü undertook his rehabilitation in Turkey and goes into the final phase of the 2019 with the aim of continuing to accumulate experience in his first full year in the World Championship. This weekend, the 16-year-old arrives at a circuit where he competed in the Asia Talent Cup, racing at Motegi in 2016 and 2017, with a fifth position being his best result.

Sunday’s 20-lap Japanese GP race will start at 12 pm local time. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team have a good track record at the Twin Ring Motegi, as they scored a victory there with Danny Kent in 2012 and have been on the podium for the last four seasons in a row. Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Niccolo Antonelli were second in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively, with Darryn Binder third in 2018.


Circuit information – Twin Ring Motegi
Length: 4.801 m / 2.983 miles
Width: 15 m / 49.21 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 762 m / 0.473 miles
Constructed: 1997
Modified: 1997



“I’m very happy to be returning to action at the Japanese GP. My physical condition has improved a lot compared with the last few weeks. I will try to do my best in Japan, as always. Obviously, my left collarbone is not quite at 100% yet, but I will push to the maximum and give it my all to enjoy the remaining races of the season.”