Öncü and Rueda battle hard at French Grand Prix


Deniz Öncü completes the race in sixth position, and his teammate Jose Antonio Rueda in ninth.

The Moto3 race of the French Grand Prix took place on Sunday at Le Mans and the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders fought intensely from start to finish. Deniz Öncü was in the podium positions for most of the race, finally finishing sixth. Jose Antonio Rueda crossed the line in ninth place, again finishing in the Top 10.

Öncü started from the second row of the grid, which allowed him to quickly move into the Top 3. The Turkish rider remained there for a large part of the contest and with a consistent pace, trying to prevent his rivals from increasing their gap. With 4 laps to go, he dropped down to fifth position. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider eventually took the chequered flag in sixth, earning him points and putting him tenth in the overall standings with 33 points.

Rueda lost several places after starting from the fourth row of the grid, although he quickly started to move up the order and set his sights on the front group. After the midway point of the race, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was tussling for eighth place after the leading group broke away. Rueda looked for solidity and a comfortable feeling and earned another Top 10 finish, placing ninth. Rueda also occupies ninth in the standings, with 37 points.

The next race will be held in three weeks’ time, as the Italian Grand Prix takes place from June 8-11th at Mugello.

Results (Race)
1. Daniel Holgado (KTM) 34:07.176
2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +0.150
3. Jaume Masia (Honda) +0.946
4. Ivan Ortola (KTM) +1.113
5. Ryusei Yamanaka (GasGas) +2.409
6. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +2.521
9. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +11.930

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2023
1. Daniel Holgado (KTM) 84 points
2. Ivan Ortola (KTM) 63 points
3. Jaume Masia (Honda) 63 points
4. Diogo Moreira (KTM) 55 points
5. Xavier Artigas (CFMoto) 50 points
9. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 37 points
10. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 33 points

Moto3 Teams World Championship Standing 2023
1. Leopard Racing 101 points
2. Angeluss MTA Team 89 points
3. Red Bull KTM Tech3 86 points
4. Red Bull KTM Ajo 70 points
5. Gaviota GASGAS Aspar M3 63 points

Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“Moto3 had a positive today, which was that both riders were in the Top 10. We need to be happy when we collect points although, if we are honest, our target was to earn a few more. In the last few races we saw that both Öncü and Rueda had good speed and a good pace. We are really confident for the next three races that are coming up, and think that we can  make good progress.”


“I tried to remain fast at all times, but this circuit is hard because of my physical conditions and riding style. I was struggling a lot on the straight but I tried my best and I accept how the weekend went. We were fighting for the top positions but in the end I had less speed and I finished sixth. I will try to improve the results in the next race at Mugello.”


“I made a very good start and I was able to get to the front. Afterwards I clipped another rider, went a little wide and lost some positions. I started to push but the group in front had already gotten away a bit, although halfway through the race I almost caught up with them. We worked very well during the weekend, the setup of the bike was good, but something was missing. I’m happy because we had a good race and we have taken more points.”