Xabi Zurutuza joins Jose Antonio Rueda in 2024 Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team


Rueda will compete in his second year with the team while Zurutuza will debut in the Moto3 World Championship.

A combination of youth and talent will form the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team next season. Jose Antonio Rueda will compete in his second year with the team and Xabi Zurutuza will complete the structure in his first experience of the Moto3 World Championship.

Rueda will begin his second year with Red Bull KTM Ajo in 2024. The young Spanish rider is making great progress in his rookie season. After the great start to the campaign back in March, where he achieved an outstanding fourth position in the first race of the year in Portimao, Rueda has continued to show his quality. In the Catalan Grand Prix, he achieved his first World Championship podium and is immersed in the fight for the Rookie of the Year honour. Next season, Rueda will seek to consolidate all the knowledge he has acquired and become one of the standout riders in the class.

Zurutuza will be the new addition to the team. The 17-year-old rider currently competes in JuniorGP, in his second year in the series. With two rounds remaining this season, Zurutuza occupies fifth position in the standings and has put in excellent performances, including two victories. The Spanish rider is noted for his determination and talent, qualities that will undoubtedly help his progression in the Moto3 World Championship.

Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“This year in Moto3 has been really enjoyable for us so far, as we have a combination of Deniz’s extensive experience in the class and Jose Antonio as a rookie rider. They are working really well, both the riders and the whole team in general. I feel that we have really improved all the time during the season. Of course, for us it is always important to develop our riders for the next step and it’s part of the job as well. We are really happy to have this pair of riders for next season, as they are part of a young generation with a lot of enthusiasm and good results in smaller categories. Jose Antonio Rueda and Xabi Zurutuza will be a dynamic duo for the 2024 season.”

Jose Antonio Rueda – Rider
“I am very happy to continue on the team next year. This year we are making a lot of progress and I have adapted well to the team and Aki’s working methodology. We are very motivated to continue doing well and to move a little further forward, fighting more for good results. Our goal is to be at the front and consolidate all the progress we are making this year.”

Xabi Zurutuza – Rider
“I am very happy to be part of this great family, since Red Bull KTM Ajo is a team that I have followed since I was little. Making my debut in the World Championship is every rider’s dream and I have the opportunity to do it with KTM and Aki Ajo’s team. I can’t wait to start working, improve and have a good feeling with the team. The goal is to go race by race and enjoy myself, which is the important thing.”