First time for Öncu at one of the most spectacular circuits: Phillip Island23/10/2019
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider is ready for his first experience of the rapid Australian track, host venue of the 17th round of the 2019 season.
Following a successful Japanese Grand Prix, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team travel from Tokyo to Melbourne this week for the Australian GP. The 17th round of the 2019 season provides an added challenge for Can Öncü, as it will be the first time that the Turkish youngster competes at the famous Phillip Island Circuit.
After a month off his bike due to a collarbone injury, Can Öncü returned to action last weekend at the Twin Ring Motegi, finishing the race 18th and battling for a point-scoring position for several laps. The 16-year-old rider now arrives in Australia feeling motivated to keep up his hard work with the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team, with the objective of adapting to and familiarising himself with the Australian track as quickly as possible.
The 23-lap race will start on Sunday 27th October at 12 midday local time. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team have an excellent record at the Australian Grand Prix, winning there with Sandro Cortese in 2012, with Jack Miller in 2014, with Miguel Oliveira in 2015 and with Brad Binder in 2016.
Circuit information – Phillip Island Circuit
Length: 4.448 m / 2.764 miles
Width: 13 m / 42.65 ft.
Left corners: 7
Right corners: 5
Longest straight: 900 m / 0.559 miles
61 CAN ÖNCÜ
“I’m really looking forward to the Australian Grand Prix getting started. I think Phillip Island is a circuit I can do well at, because it has really fast corners, which I like a lot. I’ve never raced at this track, but I’m ready for the challenge. This weekend we will keep working really hard with the team and even though the time off since the last race has been short, I know we can perform well here. We won’t let up and we’ll fight for a good result.”