Jose Antonio Rueda 10th in demanding #IndianGP, Deniz Öncü 14th
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 competed in the Indian Grand Prix race this Sunday. Deniz Öncü and Jose Antonio Rueda went from strength to strength in an intense race in which they managed to enter the points, with Öncü in fourteenth position and Rueda tenth.
Öncü was forced to start the race from last position on the grid due to a penalty. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider made a good start and completed the long lap on the first opportunity in order to lose as little time as possible. From that moment on, he increased the pace and began to climb up the order throughout the 16 laps. Öncü had shown his ability to adapt during the weekend and gained 14 positions in the race, to finish in a creditable fourteenth position. With this result he occupies fifth in the overall standings with 146 points.
Rueda started from sixteenth place, on the sixth row of the grid. Despite losing some places when the lights went out, the Spanish rider managed to recover and tried to ensure that the front group did not escape. Rueda fought against demanding conditions and continued closing the gap with each lap. After the first half of the race, The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider reached the Top 10, and held tenth position at the chequered flag. He is eighth in the series with 94 points.
The team now travel to Motegi to compete in the Japanese Grand Prix, from September 29th to October 1st.
JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA
Throughout the whole weekend we have been doing well. In the race we started a little far back, and on the second lap there was a crash in front of me that made me lose the front group. It was a bit of a strange day and I didn’t have a good feeling since the rear was stepping out. It was a race to learn a lot and make progress for the next few races. A top 10 is not a bad result, we know what to work on to improve and move further ahead. Now it’s time to focus on Japan, another new circuit for me and where we will work to adapt well.
India has been a circuit where I have really enjoyed riding. We had one of our hardest weekends of the season because I struggled to adapt to the circuit at the beginning and then I had the penalty. I did my best during the race and I tried to get as many points as I could, although I didn’t have the pace that I had hoped for. Next week we will travel to Japan and we need to fight again.