1st May 2024



The Italian finishes the second race of the year in the Top 10, with Deniz Öncü in twentieth position.

The Portuguese Grand Prix ended on a high note for Red Bull KTM Ajo. In a season full of new aspects, both Celestino Vietti and Deniz Öncü continued to take steps forward and improve their feeling on the bike. Vietti completed a solid race, gaining places to finish in seventh position, whilst Öncü also moved up the order to cross the line in twentieth.

Vietti took off from the fifth row of the grid, in fourteenth place. The Italian got off the line well and remained in the group, going on to gradually increase the pace, be very consistent and feel more comfortable as the race went on. In the last third, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider gave an extra push, demonstrating all his potential and quality to stay in the Top 10, finally finishing seventh to round off a great weekend. Vietti occupies ninth position overall with 16 points.

Öncü faced a race where tyre management took on increased importance, and started from the back of the grid. Aiming to score points, he tried to maintain a consistent pace throughout the 21-lap contest. With half of the first race completed, Öncü continued to overtake and climb positions, although he ended the contest empty-handed after finishing twentieth. Working hard to adapt to the class, and consolidating his progress, he is 19th in the overall standings, with 1 point.

The Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin will be the next event for Red Bull Ajo, from April 12-14th.

Aki Ajo – Team Manager

“I feel that we have taken a step forward in Moto2 this weekend with both of our riders. Especially Celestino’s speed and pace in the race was quite impressive. So that’s important now, when there are many new elements for the season that we will understand more race-by-race. I am quite confident that we will be closer and closer to the top in the coming races. But, as we mentioned already before, our target is to move forward and fight in the top positions later in the season.”


“We have improved a lot compared to the last race here. We managed to come home in a better position at the end of the race, so I’m happy. For sure I have to improve Qualifying, because it is crucial in order to be able to have a better race. Today we had the pace to fight for a better result and also for the podium. I need to improve on Saturdays so we can do better on the Sunday.”


“The second race is done. We are still in a learning process with my riding style and with understanding the tyres and suspension. I want to thank my team, who are very optimistic and patient with me. I am doing my best. Step-by-step we are working to improve, to try to be at the top soon. The race in general was good, I tried to ride my own race and to catch some other riders. We are learning and taking steps forward.”

Results (Race)

1. Aron Canet (Kalex) 36:03.959

2. Joe Roberts (Kalex) +2.059

3. Manuel Gonzalez (Kalex) +2.610

4. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) +3.212

5. Ai Ogura (Boscoscuro) +3.728

7. Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +7.288

20. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +26.523


Moto2 World Championship Standing 2024

1. Aron Canet (Kalex) 31 points

2. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 29 points

3. Manuel Gonzalez (Kalex) 27 points

4. Sergio Garcia (Boscoscuro) 26 points

5. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 25 points

9. Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 16 points

19. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1 point

Moto2 Teams World Championship Standing 2024

1. MT Helmets MSI – 50 points

2. OnlyFans American Racing Team – 46 points

3. QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2 – 43 points

4. Beta Tool SpeedUp – 38 points

5. Fantic Racing – 31 points

7. Red Bull KTM Ajo – 17 points


Jose Antonio Rueda finishes in second position for his first podium of the year, with Vicente Perez fourteenth.

The Portuguese Grand Prix featured a magnificent Moto3 race at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. Jose Antonio Rueda fought for the victory and led for much of the race, crossing the finish line in second place. Vicente Perez moved up the order and finished in the points, in fourteenth place.

Rueda started the PortugueseGP from pole position for the first time in his career. He got off the line well, holding his position in the early stages. The Spaniard remained calm and tried to increase the gap over his rivals in a race where tyre management was vital.
After the midway point, Rueda dropped to fourth place, although the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was able to recover quickly and climb back up to second place. On the closing laps Rueda waited for his moment and, on a heart-stopping last lap, he made a move on the final corner. He was just +0.044s away from achieving his first victory in the class, taking second place. After a great weekend, he is fifth in the overall standings with 20 points.

Perez faced a challenging Sunday at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. The Spanish driver started the race from eighteenth position, on the sixth row of the grid. After the initial laps he began to steadily gain places lap-after-lap until reaching the points. However, the lack of a good feeling during the race caused him to fall back again, requiring another push to work his way back up. After 19 intense laps, he came home in fourteenth position and scored points in his second race with the team. He is also fourteenth in the overall standings, with 2 points.

The next event for Red Bull KTM Ajo will be the Grand Prix of the Americas, which will take place from April 12th-14th.

Aki Ajo – Team Manager

“Of course, it was a great performance from Jose Antonio here in Portimao, and also during the whole winter and at the first race in Qatar as well. I’m really happy with the result, as we have really taken a step forward since last year. What I especially like is the mental step forward that Jose Antonio has taken. But in any case, it is time to gain more experience in the races and the hectic Moto3 class. We are ready for a long season and to fight for the top spots in the series. Vicente’s weekend was good as well; for sure the race was maybe not what expected and we need to analyse what happened during the race -especially at the end. He was struggling with the tyres and the performance was not the same. In any case, it’s been a good job by Vicente in the first two races of the season, considering that he didn’t really have testing time. A big thanks to him for the good work and we wish him good luck for the future.”


“I felt very good on the last sector, especially on the last corner. At the beginning I pushed to make the leading group as small as possible. On the last lap it was so difficult to manage the tyres, because I struggled a lot; also it was difficult to find a good line to overtake the riders in front of me. I tried to make my move in the last sector on the last lap, but I need more experience to manage situations at the front on the closing laps. Overall, I am very happy. I want to thank my team; we have worked a lot to be here. It’s our first podium of the year in the second race, so I’m really happy. Thank you to everybody.”


“It was a difficult race, since I didn’t have a good feeling. I started well and I was able to overtake quite a few riders at the start, but I think we had a tyre problem -we had a defective tyre. That prevented me from having a good race, because the front was stepping out a lot and I was almost crashing at every corner. I was able to climb up to 14th place. I had contact with another rider and from there I was not able to improve my position. In the end, I’m not happy because I didn’t have the best feeling, but let’s see how things go next time. Thank you to the team and to Aki for the opportunity, and to all the professionals, my fitness coach and my manager for helping me with everything.”

Results (Race)

1. Daniel Holgado (GasGas) 34:09.038

2. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.044

3. Ivan Ortola (KTM) +0.820

4. David Alonso (CFMOTO) +2.218

5. Joel Kelso (KTM) +2.246

14. Vicente Perez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +20.776

Moto3 World Championship Standing 2024

1. Daniel Holgado (GasGas) 45 points

2. David Alonso (CFMOTO) 38 points

3. Ivan Ortola (KTM) 23 points

4. Collin Veijer (Husqvarna) 21 points

5. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 20 points

19. Vicente Perez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2 points

Moto3 Teams World Championship Standing 2023

1. Red Bull GasGas Tech3 – 56 points

2. CFMoto Gaviota Aspar Team – 51 points

3. Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP – 33 points

4. BOE Motorsports – 26 points

5. MT Helmets MSI – 23 points

6. Red Bull KTM Ajo – 22 points

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