Racing truly came back on Sunday in Silverstone, Great Britain, after five weeks of break. The sun was out and the stage was set for a good day as Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Deniz Oncu was starting from the sixth position on the grid, while teammate Adrian Fernandez was at the twentieth place with a long lap penalty to do.

In form with a solid pace all weekend long, Turkish Deniz Oncu topped the Moto3 warm up this morning with a best lap in 2’11.299. Still on the lookout for his first podium of the season, he took a rocket start to the British Grand Prix as he jumped from P6 to P1 and settled himself quickly amongst the leading group. Five weeks have gone, but the battles remain the same as Deniz continued to battle it out for the front with the likes of Suzuki, Foggia and Masia. Aggressive and with no fears like he has used us to, he overtook so many times in order to be leading the race with a solid pace with eleven laps to go, and even set  a new fastest lap in 2’11.011 on lap 11. With five laps to go, he was disturbed by another rider which pushed him back to P5, but he never gave up and recovered quickly. Deniz Oncu was the third to pass the checkered flag and finally got his first Sunday Parc Fermé visit of 2022, a well deserved podium for the Turkish rider who sits fifth in the riders championship.

Adrian Fernandez was fast all weekend and had a good warm up session in the morning as he was the fourth fastest rider, but a long lap penalty obtained in Assen back in June made it difficult for him to stay with the front groups. Although he had a regular race pace, he stayed towards the last group most of the race. Eventually towards the final laps, he managed to gain some places to finish the British Grand Prix in P15, meaning that he still goes home with one point. Adrian will look forward to the next round, KTM’s home round, in Austria, from August 19-21.

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Deniz Öncü

Position: 3rd

Championship: 5th

Points: 114

 


"I am really happy because I had not been on the podium since the race in Aragon last season. This season, I was so close so many times to the podium and it never happened so I am relieved that I can finally bring home a trophy. It is a good result, but there is a slight bittersweet feeling because I was fighting for the win. Anyway, this is a great way to come back from the holiday, and my team deserves it so we are all happy."

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Adrian Fernandez

Position: 15th

Championship: 20th

Points: 29


"I started well the race, but I lost a lot of time with the long lap penalty I had to do, so the race was very difficult. It was difficult to catch up with the group ahead of me. It is what it is, I keep learning and gaining experience. Thank you to my team for their support, and we will look forward to Austria."

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Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager


"A podium is a great way to come back from the summer break. We have been missing this kind of result the entire first half of the season and came close so many times, but today we are rewarded and I am very happy about it. 

Deniz Oncu has clearly taken a strong step compared to 2021 this season, he has been regularly fighting at the front of the races, but he had not gone on the podium yet. It was about time that he got the result he deserved after being at the front all weekend in Silverstone. He was in a very difficult group today, anything could happen, but he knew what he had to do and he did a fantastic race. Of course we would have liked the victory because it was possible today, but this is a great result anyway and I am really proud of him. Big congratulations to Deniz and the Red Bull KTM Tech3 crew, and maybe we can dream bigger for KTM’s home race in Austria in two weeks.

Deniz, well done to you. You have proved that even if you are a bit taller and heavier, you can be fighting at the front and get the results you are aiming for. Carry on doing like this, and keep believing in yourself.

Adrian Fernandez was also fast here in Silverstone, but the long lap penalty penalized him during the race. He lost time and it was difficult to do more, so we have to settle ourselves with a P15. I am hoping that he will use his teammate’s result to believe more in himself and his bike, and hopefully he can have a great weekend in Austria."

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