Öncü fights back for progress in French Grand Prix


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider finishes the race in eighteenth place.

The French Grand Prix concluded this Sunday for Red Bull KTM Ajo, with Deniz Öncü climbing positions and completing a positive weekend at Le Mans. The Turkish driver crossed the finish line in eighteenth position.

Öncü began the French Grand Prix race somewhat far down the order, after failing to qualify for Q2. Off the line, he fell back to 26th place. After the initial laps, he maintained a good pace, although tyre management affected his race and prevented him from pushing to reach the points. He claimed eighteenth, gaining more experience in the class ahead of the coming rounds.

The next event will be the Catalan Grand Prix, from May 24-26th, where Celestino Vietti is also expected to participate after his collarbone injury.


Results Race
1. Sergio Garcia (Boscoscuro) 35:20.709
2. Ai Ogura (Boscoscuro) +3.174
3. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) +3.704
4. Joe Roberts (Kalex) +3.764
5. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) +3.935
18. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +30.633

Moto2 World Championship Standing 2024
1. Sergio Garcia (Boscoscuro) 89 points
2. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 82 points
3. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 63 points
4. Ai Ogura (Boscoscuro) 63 points
5. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 54 points
11. Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 29 points
21. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 3 points

Moto2 Teams World Championship Standing 2024
1. MT Helmets MSI – 152 points
2. Folladore Speedup – 117 points
3. Onlyfans American Racing Team – 111 points
4. QJMotor Gresini Moto2 – 84 points
5. Fantic Racing – 48 points
7. Red Bull KTM Ajo – 32 points


Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“Deniz continues with his learning process and worked well throughout the weekend. He had a consistent pace, but we can’t be 100% happy because we were not in the positions we would have liked. We are following a set path and we hope that at Montmelo we will continue to make progress, especially at a circuit where he has been strong in previous years. Celestino Vietti unfortunately could not race here, but we believe he will be back at Montmelo.”


“We have finished the weekend in Le Mans and I have learned a lot of things about the bike and above all about the front tyre wear. In the race I could have fought for the Top 15, but after a bad start I struggled with tyre management and I lost some positions from the start. From there, I tried to ride at my own pace, but it was difficult to improve. We need to learn from this weekend and keep pushing and improving in Barcelona.”