Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 motivated to face Americas GP12/04/2023
Deniz Öncü and Jose Antonio Rueda will contest the third round of the season in Austin.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 arrives in the United States for another weekend of competition. The Circuit of the Americas hosts the third round of the Moto3 World Championship this weekend and, after a tough race in Argentina last time out, Deniz Öncü and Jose Antonio Rueda face this Grand Prix with optimism and motivation.
Öncü’s chances of winning the Argentina Grand Prix ended prematurely after he crashed when leading the race. Despite rejoining the race, he crossed the line 24th after battling with tricky conditions. The Turkish rider has yet to get on the podium at the American circuit, where he was fifth in 2021 and 2022. Öncü feels confident ahead of the Grand Prix of the Americas and wants to fight for the top positions. With 6 points, he is sixteenth in the overall standings.
Rueda had a difficult Sunday in Termas de Rio Hondo. The Moto3 rookie did not have a good feeling on his bike in the race, in which the track conditions made riding even tougher for him. Despite this, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider continues to learn and take steps forward in adapting to the team and the Moto3 class. Rueda will visit the Circuit of the Americas for the first time focused on completing a good weekend that will allow him to continue progressing and growing in the category. With 13 points, he is ninth in the standings.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 are seventh in the Team World Championship, with 19 points. They have a previous win at COTA, where Jaume Masia was victorious last season. The Moto3 Grand Prix of The Americas race will take place on Sunday, April 16th, at 11 AM local time.
Circuit information – Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
Length: 5.513 m / 3.426 miles
Width: 15 metres / 49.21 ft.
Left corners: 11
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.200 m / 3937.01 ft.
#53 DENIZ ÖNCÜ
“The Argentinian GP was very positive overall, because I felt quite good on the bike and we did a good job during the weekend. We improved the setup and the feeling, getting second on the grid. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in the race and crashed, and I’m really sorry about that. I had a good pace and I tried to push until the end. I think that we can get a good result in Austin and it is a favourable circuit for me. The team are working well, we just need good results to come, so I’ll try to be more intelligent to get the best from the race. Realistically, I think that we can fight for the podium or win the race.”
#99 JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA
“COTA is a new circuit for me, but I will give 100%. I am looking forward to getting to Texas and seeing what the track is like. Our goal is to continue with the same working method that we have been using since Portimao and try to achieve the best possible result. We are working well and I feel better with the team and with the bike all the time. We are going to enjoy it and give our all at this Grand Prix.”