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25 days ago
By motogp.com

Can and Deniz Öncü debut with Moto3™ project at Jerez

Turkish twins on track alongside World Championship riders

The last two days have been very special for the Öncü twins, Can and Deniz. The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders, who will represent the team in the FIM CEV Junior World Championship next year, debuted this week with their team and in the class. Can and Deniz completed two days of testing on Thursday and Friday at the Jerez circuit, alongside Moto3 and Moto2 World Championship riders, to kick off the 2018 preseason.

The two days were very positive for the pair, and the weather favourable to their putting in many laps -more than 100 each-, on their first encounter with a Moto3 bike. Both Can - 1:47.120 - and Deniz - 1:47.635 - took an important step forward on Friday, improving their times from the previous day by more than a second.

Deniz Öncü: "This was a positive two day test here at Jerez. On my first day with a Moto3 bike I put in a 1:48, which I think is not bad, and during the second day we tested the soft tyre but it was not the best for me. We went back to the intermediate tyre and in the end I finished with a 1:47. I’m very happy about this lap time and with the step forward we have made. The Moto3 bike is very fast and I really like riding it. It’s going to be a good year."

Can Öncü: "The feeling after these first two days in Moto3 are very good; I have a great team! We have improved a lot throughout these two days and I am very happy. I wasn’t completely satisfied after the first day, because I wanted a better laptime, but it’s normal; it was my first experience with a Moto3 bike. Today we set a 1:47.1, I think it's a good time for only the second day with this bike. I hope to continue making progress in Valencia."

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