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Indonesian Moto3, Friday Practice | Oncu keeps it up for top time on crash-strewn day

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Deniz Oncu, Red Bull KTM Ajo, 2023 Moto3, Japanese Moto3, Motegi, action [Gold & Goose]

Deniz Oncu got his Indonesian Moto3 race weekend off to a flying start with the quickest time come the end of Friday free practice as a number of his rivals hit problems around a slippery Mandalika Circuit.

Back in action after seeing his Moto3 title aspirations take a significant blow with a crash last time out at Motegi, Oncu was straight back on form aboard the Red Bull KTM Ajo machine to hit his peak with a 1m 39.855secs lap.

One of only two riders to dip below 1m 40secs, Oncu led the way from P1 pace setter Diogo Moreira, the Brazilian looking strong on the MT Helmets-MSi bike despite counting himself as one of multiple riders to take a tumble over the course of the day.


A total of 13 crashes would occur across the two sessions as riders struggled to get to grips with the Lombok venue’s ‘green’ surface, six of which would occur within the first ten minutes of the opening session.

They included some high profile names too, not least new championship leader Jaume Masia, who fell twice in P1 before regrouping to end the day with the third fastest time.

Fellow Honda rider Matteo Bertelle chased him in fourth, ahead of Ayumu Sasaki, who was fifth fastest despite joining Husqvarna IntactGP team-mate Collin Veijer in coming down at Turn 1 in the final minutes of the P2 session.

Erstwhile points leader Daniel Holgado brought his day to a close in sixth place, ahead of countryman David Munoz on the Boe Motorsports machine, with Riccardo Rossi, Stefano Nepa and Kaito Toba popping up into the top ten too.

Elsewhere, Ivan Ortola - who retains an outside chance in the title reckoning - sneaked the final provisional Q2 spot in 14th, ahead of rookies Veijer in 15th and David Alonso, who also crashed late on, in 16th.

Just behind, the VisionTrack Racing Brits ended the day in tandem with Josh Whatley in 19th and Scott Ogden in 20th, though the latter showed front-running pace through the splits over the course of the day before bungling his last time attack.

2023 Indonesian Moto3 | Mandalika Circuit | Combined Practice Results [P1+P2] | Round 15 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Deniz Oncu🇹🇷Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 39.855
2Diogo Moreira🇧🇷MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 39.987
3Jaume Masia🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 40.087
4Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 40.109
5Ayumu Sasaki🇯🇵Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 40.209
6Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 40.270
7David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM1m 40.437
8Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 40.457
9Stefano Nepa🇮🇹Angeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 40.462
10Kaito Toba🇯🇵SIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1m 40.612
11Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 40.650
12Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 40.653
13Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM1m 40.754
14Ivan Ortola🇪🇦Angeluss MTA TeamKTM1m 40.801
15Collin Veijer🇳🇱Husqvarna IntactGPHusqvarna1m 40.811
16Joel Kelso🇦🇺CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 40.837
17David Alonso🇨🇴GASGAS Aspar M3GasGas1m 40.920
18Adrian Fernandez🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda1m 40.929
19Joshua Whatley🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda1m 41.018
20Scott Ogden🇬🇧VisionTrack RacingHonda1m 41.143
21Arbi Aditama🇮🇩Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 41.229
22Mario Suryo Aji🇮🇩Honda Team AsiaHonda1m 41.279
23Filippo Farioli🇮🇹Red Bull KTM Tech3KTM1m 41.362
24Nicola Fabio Carraro🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda1m 41.363
25Lorenzo Fellon🇫🇷CIP Green PowerKTM1m 41.419
26Xavier Artigas🇪🇦CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 41.438
27Syarifuddin Azman🇲🇾MT Helmets - MSIKTM1m 41.490
28Ana Carrasco🇪🇦BOE MotorsportsKTM1m 41.868
29Noah Dettwiler🇨🇭CFMoto PruestelGPCFMoto1m 42.229

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