Malaysia: A happy hunting ground for Can Öncü


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider is all set for the last weekend of the flyaway triple header, the 18th round of the 2019 Moto3 World Championship.

After two weeks of back-to-back work, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team now head to Sepang for the last contest of the flyaway triple header. Can Öncü approaches the Grand Prix – which is sure to feature high temperatures and changeable weather – seeking to continue his progress from the last two races, after returning from a left collarbone injury.

Öncü made his Phillip Island debut last weekend with a positive 16th place, testing skills against the most experienced riders in the lightweight class, riding with the lead group at the start of the contest. Now the Turkish youngster checks in at the Sepang International Circuit, a track he knows very well, having won all four races at the Malaysian track in the 2017 Asia Talent Cup.

The penultimate Moto3 World Championship contest of 2019 will start at 12 midday local time, with the riders set to do battle over a total of 17 laps. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 have great memories from previous editions of the Malaysian Grand Prix, having clinched the first of their two Moto3 World Championship titles there with a victory in 2012, courtesy of Sandro Cortese. In addition, the team also took victories at the Sepang International Circuit with Jack Miller in 2014 and Miguel Oliveira in 2015.


Circuit information – Sepang International Circuit
Length: 5.543 m / 3.444 miles
Width: 16 m / 42.65 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 920 m / 0.572 miles
Constructed: 1998
Modified: 2016



“We are going into the weekend in a positive way. After coming through two solid Grands Prix in Japan and Australia, I really want to keep improving in Malaysia and it’s a track that I have fond memories of. I feel very motivated. I hope that the weather is better here than at Phillip Island, as I prefer riding at this circuit in dry conditions. Sepang is my favourite track, it’s fantastic and it has good grip. I’m looking forward to the action.”