Italian GP kicks off European triple-header for Öncü and Rueda


The Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello welcomes the Red Bull KTM Ajo team this weekend.

After three weeks away, the Moto3 World Championship returns to action this weekend with the Italian Grand Prix. Deniz Öncü and Jose Antonio Rueda have worked hard during the break to be in top shape for an intense month of June. With both riders having placed in the Top 10 at the French Grand Prix, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will once again battle for good results at Mugello.

Öncü faces the Italian Grand Prix with optimism after finishing tenth at Le Mans. The Turkish rider is ready for the first of three consecutive races before the summer break, and took pole position at Mugello last season. This time around he has set himself the goal of improving the race results he has achieved to date at the Italian track. With 33 points he occupies tenth place in the Moto3 standings.

Rueda has been making steady progress since the start of the season. The Moto3 debutant finished ninth at the French Grand Prix, scoring points that keep him in the fight to be the top rookie of 2023. Rueda competed at Mugello last year in his season in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, where he placed eleventh and sixth in the two races held there. On this occasion, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will seek to go one step further and continue to claim good results in the class, where he is ninth overall with 37 points.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo team have been on the podium at Mugello in 2021 with a second place for Jaume Masia. After five rounds, the team are fourth in the Team standings, with 70 points. The 17-lap Italian GP Moto3 race will start on Sunday at 11 AM local time.

Circuit information – Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello
Length: 5.245 m / 3.259 miles
Width: 14 m / 45.93 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.141 m / 0.709 miles
Constructed: 1974

“I’m very optimistic for the upcoming race. After some nice days training with the team in Spain I’m really happy, and I also kept training in Turkey as we had many days since the last race. These three races in a row will be very interesting for everybody, but I’m feeling really strong and I think that we can achieve good results there. We’ll try to enjoy it and give it our best.”

“After these 3 weeks off, I am really looking forward to getting back riding. Mugello is a circuit that I really liked when I was there last year with the Red Bull Rookies Cup, so I’m very excited to go back there. We have good expectations after the French Grand Prix de France, although we know that it is a difficult circuit to go fast at. We feel good and we know where to improve to be closer to the podium.”