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08/06/2021 News

First podium for Deniz Öncü

MotoGP World championship

Catalan Grand Prix

Unlucky since the start of the season, Deniz Öncü turned his fortunes around to take his first ever Grand Prix podium in Barcelona. A result that holds promise for the young Turkish rider for the rest of the season.


Hervé Poncharal’s MotoGP riders didn’t have much success in Catalan. Both crashed out, with neither Danilo Petrucci nor Iker Lecuona making it across the finish line. Starting at the back of the grid, the Italian fell on the sixth lap after having climbed up towards the points. His Spanish teammate lost the front end of his KTM in corner number 13, seven laps from the end. Commented Lecuona: “I’m really disappointed because I was in ninth place and maintaining the gap with Morbidelli. The crash was completely my fault and I’m really sorry for the team.”


After a series of 3 DNFs, Augusto Ferdinand was keen to make amends on Spanish soil. Especially as his Elf Marc VDS Racing team was celebrating their 200th Grand Prix in Barcelona. Fifth at the chequered flag, after a solid ride, Fernandez was clearly delighted. “I would have liked to have done a little better, but after three crashes on the trot inevitably I was lacking confidence,” explained the Spaniard. “I wasn’t really at ease on the starting grid. It was a very difficult race for me mentally because I knew the importance of getting to the end. I concentrated on riding as fast as possible without making any mistakes and that’s exactly how it played out. I needed this result, the team did too.”  Crashing out a week earlier in Italy, Sam Lowes also needed to finish the race with some points and he crossed the line in seventh place. Still fourth overall, the British rider is now 64 points behind the leader and future Tech 3 MotoGP rider Remy Gardner.


Poorly rewarded for his efforts since the start of the season, Deniz Öncü finally got the first podium he was dreaming of in Spain. Fighting in the lead group after having started from 12th position on the grid, the Turkish rider succeeded in coming out at the front of a group of a dozen riders to take the chequered flag in third place. Commented Deniz: “This is one of the best days in my life as a rider. Since Qatar I felt I had the potential but luck was not on my side. This time I was able to put it all together, it’s a great feeling.” Teammate Ayumu Sasaki crashed heavily on the first lap as he also was fighting up at the front. Hit by another competitor, the Japanese rider lost consciousness and was taken to hospital for further examinations. Happily, tests showed no serious injuries. 


As in Le Mans, Lukas Tulovic and Corentin Perolari both got into the top 10 at the end of the third round of the MotoE World Cup. The German posted the best result of the Tech 3 riders, finishing eighth. “We stayed a long time on the grid without tyre warmers after the start was delayed,” regretted the German. “My tyres cooled off and I lacked feeling with the front.” Corentin Perolari complained of the same problem after having crossed the finishing line in 10th.






Danilo Petrucci


16th (23 points)

Iker Lecuona


20th  (13 points)


Sam Lowes


4th   (75 points)

Augusto Fernandez


12th (34 points)


Ayumu Sasaki


6th (57 points)

Deniz Öncü


17th (23 points)


Lukas Tulovic


10th  (17 points)

Corentin Perolari


12th   (13 points)