Vietti earns another Top 10 at the Circuit of the Americas


The Italian finishes the Americas GP in tenth position, with Deniz Öncü 22nd.

The Moto2 Grand Prix of the Americas saw a hard-fought battle between the riders in the intermediate category. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 pair both faced a very challenging and physically demanding race. Celestino Vietti climbed up positions to cross the finish line in tenth place, while Deniz Öncü did not have the best sensations and finished twenty-second.

Vietti started the Moto2 race from the fifth row of the grid. Aware of the need to move up the order quickly, the Italian got off the line well and moved into the fight in the main group. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider has tried to progressively overtake rivals, although the demanding race pace did not make things easy. Vietti made his moves at the right time, reaching the Top 10. After dropping back in the final laps, he recovered tenth place before the end.

Öncü faced a challenging contest in Austin. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider did not have the best feeling in Sunday’s race and tried to make up positions to reach the points. The North American track was taxing for the Turkish rider, although he gave his all and, in the second half of the race, increased his pace. He took the chequered flag in 22nd place and, whilst the result was not what he had aimed for, he continues to gain experience in the Moto2 class.

The next event on the calendar is the Spanish Grand Prix from April 26-28th.


Results Race
1. Sergio Garcia (Boscoscuro) 34:25.954
2. Joe Roberts (Kalex) +0.492
3. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) +3.292
4. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro)  +6.967
5. Marcos Ramirez (Kalex) +7.102
10. Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +12.751
22. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +33.210

Moto2 World Championship Standing 2024
1. Sergio Garcia (Boscoscuro) 51 points
2. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 49 points
3. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 38 points
4. Aron Canet (Kalex) 38 points
5. Ai Ogura (Boscoscuro) 33 points
10. Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 22 points
21. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1 point

Moto2 Teams World Championship Standing 2024
1. MT Helmets MSI – 84 points
2. OnlyFans American Racing Team – 77 points
3. Beta Tools SpeedUp – 67 points
4. QJMotor Gresini Moto2 – 50 points
5. Fantic Racing – 38 points
7. Red Bull KTM Ajo – 23 points


Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“It has not been an easy start to the season, with the new tyres and new parts, as we are still collecting data and understanding everything. Saturday in particular was a positive day for us, where Vietti was fast despite his crash in Q2. Deniz didn’t have a good feeling, but he is gaining more and more experience. Today we had some issues with a loss of grip and some chatter but, as I said, it is still only the beginning. We are collecting important information about the new package and we are confident for the coming races.”


“Our grid position definitely didn’t help us to do what we had wanted. We recovered some positions, we battled hard and we tried until the end to place as high up as possible. We have to continue to work like that to improve in every session, every weekend, and continue to move forward, getting closer to the riders at the front. At Jerez we will try to continue doing a good job, because it is a track that I like. I want to thank the team for all the work they did during the weekend. We have improved a lot at a circuit where I have always struggled a lot. I am quite happy but I want more, so we will try to do that in the coming races.”


“It wasn’t the easiest weekend for me, but we take away the positives and we will continue learning and improving our riding style and the feeling with the bike. At the next race in Jerez we will try to do better than we did here. We are optimistic and we will keep on working.”