14th May 2024



The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider finishes the race in eighteenth place.

The French Grand Prix concluded this Sunday for Red Bull KTM Ajo, with Deniz Öncü climbing positions and completing a positive weekend at Le Mans. The Turkish driver crossed the finish line in eighteenth position.

Öncü began the French Grand Prix race somewhat far down the order, after failing to qualify for Q2. Off the line, he fell back to 26th place. After the initial laps, he maintained a good pace, although tyre management affected his race and prevented him from pushing to reach the points. He claimed eighteenth, gaining more experience in the class ahead of the coming rounds.

The next event will be the Catalan Grand Prix, from May 24-26th, where Celestino Vietti is also expected to participate after his collarbone injury.

Aki Ajo – Team Manager

“Deniz continues with his learning process and worked well throughout the weekend. He had a consistent pace, but we can’t be 100% happy because we were not in the positions we would have liked. We are following a set path and we hope that at Montmelo we will continue to make progress, especially at a circuit where he has been strong in previous years. Celestino Vietti unfortunately could not race here, but we believe he will be back at Montmelo.”


“We have finished the weekend in Le Mans and I have learned a lot of things about the bike and above all about the front tyre wear. In the race I could have fought for the Top 15, but after a bad start I struggled with tyre management and I lost some positions from the start. From there, I tried to ride at my own pace, but it was difficult to improve. We need to learn from this weekend and keep pushing and improving in Barcelona.”

Results (Race)

1. Sergio Garcia (Boscoscuro) 35:20.709

2. Ai Ogura (Boscoscuro) +3.174

3. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) +3.704

4. Joe Roberts (Kalex) +3.764

5. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) +3.935

18. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +30.633


Moto2 World Championship Standing 2024

1. Sergio Garcia (Boscoscuro) 89 points

2. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 82 points

3. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 63 points

4. Ai Ogura (Boscoscuro) 63 points

5. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 54 points

11. Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 29 points

21. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 3 points

Moto2 Teams World Championship Standing 2024

1. MT Helmets MSI – 152 points

2. Folladore Speedup – 117 points

3. Onlyfans American Racing Team – 111 points

4. QJMotor Gresini Moto2 – 84 points

5. Fantic Racing – 48 points

7. Red Bull KTM Ajo – 32 points


Jose Antonio Rueda places eighth, while Xabi Zurutuza is sixteenth.

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 faced a difficult race at Le Mans on Sunday. Jose Antonio Rueda, who started from the front row, remained in the front group and finished in eighth position. Xabi Zurutuza fought for the points and moved up the order, crossing the line in sixteenth.

Rueda started the French Grand Prix race from the front row of the grid. The Spanish rider tried to maintain the position to fight for the podium, although the front group consisting of many rivals ran a high pace. Rueda did not have the best feeling and began to fall down the order, but remained in the Top 10 and fighting. On the final laps the group broke up, and he took the chequered flag in eighth position.

Zurutuza lost some positions off the line and was forced to make a comeback from the start. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider, who had a very good feeling in Le Mans since the start of the Grand Prix weekend, was able to recover from the situation and tried to make back positions lap after lap. Unfortunately, he received a long lap penalty for exceeding the track limits after contact with another rider, reducing his chances of reaching better positions. On the closing laps the Moto3 rookie pushed as hard as possible, but came in sixteenth.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders return to Spain to compete in the next event, the Catalan Grand Prix, from May 24-26th.

Aki Ajo – Team Manager

“The weekend in Moto3 was positive for us. We had Jose Antonio back on track after his health problems from recent races. The most important was to get him back healthy. He felt quite strong before the race, but he wasn’t strong enough to fight with the front and to pass other riders. We need to analyse where we can improve for the next few races. Xabi had a solid race but, unfortunately, another rider took him off the track in the chicane and he received a long lap penalty that prevented him fighting for a better position. We are looking forward to the next race at Montmelo, we feel that both riders can have a good pace during the whole weekend and get a good result there.”


“At the beginning of the race it was difficult for me to overtake and I lost several positions, although I tried to defend my spot and hold on as much as possible to the front group. It was very difficult to overtake and I kept losing positions, which was a bit frustrating. We take away the positives, and we achieved some very important points after missing two races. It is not the result I would have liked, but given the context and with this being a circuit that has always been difficult for me, I am happy. We will continue to push in the coming races to get back to the top, fighting for podiums and victories.”


“It was a bit of a crazy race, because when I got a good position I was given a long lap penalty, because another rider knocked me off track and I had to take a shortcut from Turn 3 to 4. But in general it has been a very positive weekend, where we have taken a very big step forward. We have to continue in this way for Barcelona, since it is a circuit that I know and like a lot.”

Results (Race)

1. David Alonso (CFMoto) 34:00.058

2. Daniel Holgado (GasGas) +0.105

3. Collin Vijer (Husqvarna) +0.242

4. Joel Esteban (CFMoto) +0.476

5. Ivan Ortola (KTM) +0.612

8. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +1.035

16. Xabi Zurutuza (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +13.275

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2024

1. Daniel Holgado (GasGas) 94 points

2. David Alonso (CFMoto) 93 points

3. Collin Veijer (Husqvarna) 62 points

4. Ivan Ortola (KTM) 50 points

5. Joel Kelso (KTM) 42 points

12. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 28 points

22. Xabi Zurutuza (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 3 points

Moto3 Teams World Championship Standing 2024

1. CFMoto Gaviota Aspar Team – 126 points

2. Red Bull GasGas Tech3 – 121 points

3. Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP – 92 points

4. MT Helmets MSI – 85 points

5. BOE Motorsports – 80 points

8. Red Bull KTM Ajo – 34 points

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