Vietti and Deniz Öncü eager to improve at Mugello


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo will contest the second round of a double-header this weekend.

The Italian Grand Prix is up next for Celestino Vietti and Deniz Öncü. After a bittersweet Catalan Grand Prix, both riders want to make up for the results of the last race, which did not reflect the progress achieved throughout the weekend.

Following a collarbone operation, Vietti made a successful return to action at the Catalan Grand Prix, including earning a spot on the front row of the grid for the first time this season. The Italian was having a solid race, running great pace and being one of the fastest riders at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, but a crash prevented him from achieving his best result so far this season when he was fighting for the Top 5. Vietti moves on to Mugello to compete in his home GP, which is also his 100th World Championship appearance. With 29 points, he is twelfth in the overall standings.

Öncü also did not have the desired end to the Grand Prix, finishing in nineteenth after fighting for the points for much of the race. The Turkish rider, however, was very consistent during the weekend, notably improving his feeling and enjoying his riding. Öncü was second at Mugello last season in Moto3, and has plenty of confidence and motivation to continue growing in the coming rounds of his rookie season. With 3 points, he occupies 24th position in the standings.

Red Bull KTM Ajo are ninth in the Team standings with 32 points. In previous years, Pedro Acosta took victory for the team in 2022 and 2023, while in 2021 Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez were first and second, respectively. The Moto2 Italian Grand Prix will be held on Sunday from 12:15 pm 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 am really excited about Mugello, which is both my home GP and my 100th event. It is always special for a rider to ride at home, because there are a lot of people who come along to see us, both from Italy and all over Europe. I really like the circuit and the noise there. We hope to have a good race and will try to enjoy it, as well as getting the best possible result.”


“After Barcelona, we have a second GP weekend at Mugello. After learning some things in Barcelona, we are ready to take a step forward. We are aiming for a better performance here, as well as better results in every session. We want to be more competitive and also be closer to the front, so I am motivated and we’ll go for it!”