Deniz Öncü finishes intense #ThaiGP in 5th, Jose Antonio Rueda 16th

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The Thailand Grand Prix saw an intense Moto3 race, with a fight for the win decided only on the closing laps. Deniz Öncü, who started from pole, finished in fifth position, whilst his teammate Jose Antonio Rueda was sixteenth.

Öncü was in pole position for the third time this season. The Turkish rider made a good start, although on the opening corners he lost some positions, albeit remaining in the front group at all times and recovering to take third position on Lap 2. Öncü continued in the fight and snatched the lead with 9 laps remaining. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider tried to increase the gap and stretch the group, although unfortunately he dropped down to fifth position. In the latter stages he remained in the Top 5, looking for the right moment to try to regain places, and he eventually crossed the finish line in fifth position. He now has 191 points in the overall standings, which keeps him fifth.

Rueda had a good feeling throughout the weekend. The Moto3 rookie, who started from the third row of the grid, focused on staying in the group from the get-go. However, he also pushed to enter the Top 10. The high temperatures affected his riding and tyre management, and he readjusted to try to hold onto a spot in the points, but he took the chequered flag in sixteenth. He is eighth in the Moto3 standings with 111 points.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo will face the next event after a week off. The Malaysian Grand Prix will take place from November 10th-12th.


We’ve finished the GP in Thailand and, honestly, we were really strong during the whole weekend. In the race there were some factors that also played a part in this class, like weight and height, especially at this circuit. I did my best to fight for the victory and I was also leading the way for some laps, but I lacked something on the straights. It’s really hard sometimes but we are confident and we are focused on winning the next GP.


The race was a little more difficult than I expected. Many riders passed me on the straight and we continued to have the same problem we had suffered throughout the weekend. As the laps went on it was more difficult to overtake due to the tyre wear and high temperatures. We were close to breaking into the points, but we will continue to work hard to arrive for Malaysia ready. I know it is a tricky circuit but I really want to continue improving in this second part of the season.

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