Argentina Grand Prix: new challenge for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto329/03/2023
Deniz Öncü and Jose Antonio Rueda will contest the second round of 2023 this weekend.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 move on to Argentina after a good start to the season. Deniz Öncü is targeting a podium finish and Jose Antonio Rueda will try to learn a new circuit for him in his rookie year.
Öncü had a bittersweet Portuguese Grand Prix after starting from Pit Lane. The Turkish rider made a great comeback to finish in tenth position and maintained a high pace that included the fastest lap of the race. Öncü made all his intentions for this season clear at the first round and in Argentina he will work to be in the front positions from the start. It will be the second time the rider visits Termas de Rio Hondo, so the experience gained in 2022 will be a plus point to face the weekend. With 6 points, he is in tenth position in the overall standings.
Rueda is coming into his first race outside of Europe at the Argentina Grand Prix but was impressive in his debut race last weekend. The fourth place in Portimao and his fight for the podium until the final stretch were proof of the rapid adaptation made by the Moto3 rookie to the KTM and the team. He already has 13 points to his name, in fourth position overall.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 were on the podium in Argentina in 2014 with Jack Miller and in 2016 with Brad Binder, both earning third place. The Moto3 team have 19 points and hold third in the Team standings. The Moto3 Argentina Grand Prix race takes place on Sunday, April 2nd, at 11 AM local time.
Circuit information – Termas de Rio Hondo
Length: 4,806 m / 2,986 miles
Width: 16 metres / 52.49 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.076 m / 0.669 miles
#53 DENIZ ÖNCÜ
“I really like Argentina, it’s a nice circuit. After this past weekend, when I was very strong during the race, I’m even more motivated for this GP. I know that we can be fast and we can achieve good results, we just need to keep working. We will do our best and we’ll see how it goes.”
#99 JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA
“I am approaching this race with calm because it is a completely new circuit for me. It is important to get a good feeling from the beginning to feel comfortable and be able to achieve good results. The objective is to continue working and learning with the team; we are doing very well and it is important to progress every weekend.”