Following a decent pace in this morning’s Warm Up at the TT Circuit Assen, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Deniz Öncü had a great start off the line, which saw him moving up from P15 to 10th. Yet, he was back in 12th by the end of the first lap.

The Turkish youngster struggled to build a decent rhythm all throughout the 22 laps race, but eventually crossed the line in P15, which means he managed to bring home one championship point ahead of the summer break.


Deniz Öncü

Position: 15th

Championship: 20th

Points: 25

“It was a hard weekend for me, because I was struggling a lot in each session. I was expecting more in the race, but in the end, I couldn’t do any more. I’m disappointed from this weekend in the Netherlands, but I hope I can come back a lot stronger in Austria!”


Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager

“We have never been in the rhythm this weekend. Qualifying was disappointing, we had a decent Warm Up and were hoping that we maybe found something to be able to fight with the leaders, but although Deniz got a great start, we soon could see that he couldn’t maintain a good pace, that would allow him to stay with the front group. He was losing ground every lap.”

“Fortunately, there have been a few penalties and crashes that allowed us to finally get one point. But I think we have been nowhere this weekend, nowhere we should be and where we are aiming to be. I’m glad, we have the summer break now to reset and recharge, but clearly, we’ve been fast all the season long and it’s not the best way to end the first part of the championship. The only positive thing is, we got one point, but nothing to cheer.”

“On the other side, we are thinking of Ayumu. I know he has been watching the race from home in Barcelona. We wish him a speedy recovery and althoughhe is in good shape, we hope that he will be given the green light to start from Spielberg, which is of course a very important race for both, our title sponsor Red Bull and our motorcycle manufacturer KTM – and where last year both, Deniz and Ayumu were very fast. So, have a great summer break and see you there full of energy!”


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