Jose Antonio Rueda finishes 5th in the #SpanishGP, Deniz Öncü 9th
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders rode in the Spanish Grand Prix race this Sunday. After an intense battle in the group, Jose Antonio Rueda placed fifth at his home round, whilst Deniz Öncü started from pole position and finished ninth position after failing to feel fully comfortable in Jerez on race day.
Öncü was on pole for the first time this season, having been the pacesetter throughout the weekend. Taking the holeshot, the Turkish rider tried to open a gap, and fought to maintain a consistent pace despite not having the best feeling on Sunday. After dropping back, he managed to rejoin the leading group on the last few laps, although in the final stretch of the race he received a long lap penalty. Unable to complete the sanction due to a lack of time, he finished the Spanish Grand Prix in ninth position. With this result, Öncü is tenth in the overall standing with 23 points.
Rueda made a good start that allowed him to maintain his grid position of ninth. After the opening lap, the Moto3 rookie began to move up the order and tried to remain in the group, running a good race pace that included matching the leaders’ lap times. After latching onto the front group in the last few laps, Rueda continued to advance before crossing the finish line in an outstanding fifth position. He remains the best rookie in the class, in eighth place with 30 points.
The next round of the Moto3 World Championship will be the French Grand Prix at Le Mans from May 11th-13th.
JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA
It’s been a good race that we worked hard on all weekend. Racing at Jerez is always very special and we were confident that we would have a good race. Fifth place here is very positive, and even more so after a closely fought race in the group. We leave very happy and now it’s time to think about the next race at Le Mans, to continue progressing.
After the Spanish Grand Prix, we feel good and have drawn some very positive conclusions. We have seen how far we can go and how strong we are. In the race I expected a great result but in the end it didn’t turn out as expected. I didn’t feel comfortable with the front tyre as it had no grip. I have tried to gain places but in the end we were ninth. We have earned points and that is always positive. It’s time to reset and focus on the next race at Le Mans.