Number six needs no introduction after branding his name into all of our memories, it’s Can Öncü.
Öncü was another rider to take on more than one championship in 2018 and he certainly blew everyone out of the water in both FIM CEV and the Red Bull Rookie cup.
The Turkish rider claimed the Red Bull Rookie cup championship title after an incredibly impressive season of racing. He not only took five victories over the 2018 season, but he also racked up four second place finishes and a lone third. His season was so impressive that his lowest placing was 10th, a stat many MotoGP riders would fail to boast.
Öncü’s CEV season was not as impressive as his Red Bull Rookies performance but he still managed to finish the year in eighth position with three podiums under his belt.
His victory in the Red Bull Rookies cup earn the young rider a wildcard appearance in the season finale in Valencia where he stunned the entire MotoGP world. Öncü not only claimed fourth in qualifying on his KTM machine but he then went on to take the victory tricky conditions which saw the likes of Marco Bezzecchi and Jakub Kornfeil fall foul to. The victory made Öncü the youngest race winner in Grand Prix history (and possibly the most cheered on but we can’t guarantee that one).
Öncü will join the senior Red Bull KTM Ajo team for 2019 where he hopes to continue his previous success.