Epic victory for Öncü at #AustrianGP, Rueda 11th

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The Moto3 Austrian Grand Prix provided an intense battle for victory, won out by Deniz Öncü at the Red Bull Ring by just thousandths of a second. Jose Antonio Rueda fought in the group and earned points after placing eleventh.

Öncü started the race from the first row and focused on keeping his podium chances alive. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider maintained a great pace along with the rest of the riders in the front group and was able to analyse the situation well, waiting for the right moment to attack. With an intelligent overtaking move in the final stretch, he earned his second win of the season by thousandths of a second, in the process giving a 100th victory for KTM in the smaller cylinder class. Thanks to these results, Öncü climbed positions in the overall standings and is third with 124 points.

Rueda faced Sunday in Austria with determination after starting from fifth position on the grid. The young Red Bull KTM Ajo rider lost a few positions off the line, but remained in the group and climbed up to eighth. Although pushing hard on every lap, he was not as comfortable as he had been on Saturday and the high temperatures made the race difficult for the series rookie. Rueda finally crossed the finish line in eleventh position, picking up points. He is eighth in the World Championship with 65 points and second in the fight for Rookie of the Year.

The next event for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will be the Catalan Grand Prix, from September 1st-3rd.


This victory is very important for me and it’s even more special to win here in Austria. It means that all the hard work we are doing is paying off. We still have more races to go, the season is long and it’s very important to not make mistakes and be consistent. I’m happy to put a smile on everybody’s faces because it was a hard weekend for me at this circuit. I tried to be clever and prepared every corner to get the best opportunity to pass. The team worked so hard and I’m so happy for them too.


It was a bit of a strange day. We started well but I had a little scare on the first corner and I lost some positions. The group started to push very hard and I fell behind. That made me slow down a bit and I couldn’t catch up with those at the front. It wasn’t my best day but we will continue working so that the next GPs go much better. The good thing is that we know what we were missing and we will solve that for the next race.

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