The Red Bull KTM Tech3 duo was in the middle of the fight for the last dance of 2020 at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve today. While Deniz Öncü crossed the line in a strong 10th position, Ayumu Sasaki finished in P13.

Starting from 11th on the grid, Öncü had a strong launch off the line and was seventh by the end of the first lap. The Turkish Moto3 World Championship rookie was performing well inside the second group, fighting for the podium. From halfway through the race, he lost a bit of ground, but caught up again towards the end, showing his spirit one more time to eventually finish well inside the top 10.

At the same time, Sasaki was lining up in the front row of the grid for the first time in 2020. He was in the mix on the first 10 laps, reaching for the podium together with his teammate. Yet, the Japanese youngster had to go smooth in the final laps in order to finish the race, struggling with his grip. Sasaki eventually came home 13th at the Portuguese GP.


Deniz Öncü

Position: 10th

Championship: 17th

Points: 50

"Actually, it was a quite emotional race. I don’t really want to end this season and go home these four months, because for sure it’s going to be boring and I will miss this paddock, honestly. Still, we can’t change it. We did a big improvement from the first to the last race. There were some rounds, where we struggled a lot like in Le Mans, but we always found a way to come back again. We were so strong. This weekend we were strong as well, apart from the Qualifying, where we did a mistake. Finally, I did P10 and I enjoyed this race a lot. The last lap mistake cost me a lot, because there I lost P5. Finally, I want to thank all my crew for this fantastic year and I can’t wait to start 2021!"


Ayumu Sasaki

Position: 13th

Championship: 16th

Points: 52

"It was a harder race than I expected. In the beginning of the race, I was well in the group. I was trying to save the tyres, because I knew in the end of the race, it will drop. So, I tried to control the throttle and everything, but then it started to drop a lot and I couldn’t even push anymore the last 10 laps, so I needed to ride smooth. I wanted to finish the race, but it has been hard final laps. We learned many things this season. We are still far away from the front, but hopefully we can catch up next year and trying to fight for the championship."


Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager

"This was a great last race of the Moto3 World Championship and a great result for KTM. Congratulations to Albert Arenas, the Aspar team and of course KTM to win the all-important Moto3 championship. Regarding the Red Bull KTM Tech3 team, I’m very proud of our guys. Ayumu started from the front row, Deniz a bit further down on row four, but we knew we had the pace to fight in front and actually, this is what happened at the start of the race. We were there, fighting for the top positions, but I would say, halfway through the race, the group behind, who was maybe acting in a bit more clever way – were not passing each other like our group – and then caught back and made the junction. Therefore, it was an incredible tough fight, where we never knew what was going to happen and where we would end up. Anyway, Deniz showed one more time an incredible fighting spirit, great maneuvers, again today he learned a lot. Ayumu was there and towards the end of the race, he dropped a bit. But another top 10 result for Deniz and some more points for Ayumu, although I know this is not what he would like, but a good way to end up the championship. The good news is, that next year we’ll be again with these two riders and of course with the same bike, same crew, so we should be clearly working hard during the winter and I’m sure next year it’s going to be a lot stronger season for both, Ayumu and Deniz. Well done, boys, of course the whole Moto3 crew! Now it’s just time to celebrate this incredible 2020 season, have a rest during the winter and get ready for the first 2021 test."


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