Valencia Moto3: Can Oncu becomes the youngest winner in wet weather masterclass

The 15-year-old Turkish rider became the youngest Moto3 winner after a dominant race win in his Moto3 debut.

The drama started before the race started as Philipp Oettl exited the final corner on his Warm Up Lap as the grid set of towards turn 1 forcing the German to start in the pitlane for his final Moto3 race as he prepares to step up to Moto2 alongside Marco Bezzecchi in 2019.

The Red Bull Rookies Cup champion, Can Oncu started from 4th at a wet Ricardo Tormo circuit, but it was poleman Tony Arbolino who lead a crash-filled opening few laps, starting at turn 4 when Tatsuki Suzuki lost the front taking down Misano race winner Lorenzo Dalla Porta and homeboy Aron Canet.

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A few corners later Alonso Lopez made it double misery for the Estrella Galicia team after sliding out at turn 6. 

At the front, Marco Bezzecchi was losing touch to Tony Arbolino who started to pull the pin whilst Can Oncu sat comfortably in 3rd. Further back, Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio were picking up places.

Marco Bezzecchi then joined the ‘turn 4’ club highsiding out of 2nd place before then falling again later in the race. That promoted the Turk up to 2nd place putting Arbolino under pressure who then high sided at turn 4, meaning Oncu on his debut took the lead.


John Mcphee was under pressure from the two Gresini boys as Di Giannantonio aimed to take 2nd in the championship of Marco Bezzecchi who was scoring 0 points in his final Moto3 race. Both of the Gresini riders wasn’t hanging around, passing the Scot and demoting the CIP rider to 4th.

The battle wasn’t over however for 2nd with Di Giannantonio running wide on the exit of the final corner promoting the 2018 Moto3 World Champion up into 2nd place as he chased the Red Bull colours we will see him in for 2019 in Moto2. After the moment for the Italian Mcphee passed the Italian promoting the Scot onto the podium.

After a few moments on the final few laps for Can Oncu, the young Turk held on to become the first rider to win there debut race since Noboru Ueda at the 1991 125cc Japanese Grand Prix.


Jorge Martin and John Mcphee rounded off the podium with the Moto3 2018 runner-up Fabio Di Giannantonio in 4th whilst Enea Bastianini ends his Moto3 career in 5th.

Jaume Masia came home in 6th meaning he is the 2018 Moto3 Rookie Of The Year Champion whilst Atiratphuvapat, Ramirez and Phillip Island podium finisher Celestino Vietti rounding out the top 10.

And there we go, the 2018 Moto3 World Championship is over, and what a way to end it with a fresh face and a new name at the top of the championship! We look forward to 2019 and we are certain Can Oncu will be on the top step again in 2019.


For full race results, click here

For the final championship standings, click here

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