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The small­est class in Mo­toGP saw a sur­prise win­ner in the per­son of Can Öncü who made it to the top spot on the podium upon his début.

The race got un­der way with three rid­ers go­ing off at the first cor­ner of Ri­cardo Tormo. For­tu­nately, how­ever, no one was hurt. At the end of lap one, Tony Ar­bolino of Marinelli Snipers team was lead­ing, fol­lowed by Marco Bezzec­chi of Re­dox PruestelGP in sec­ond and wild­card en­try Can Öncü of Red Bull KTM in third. Öncü was on to some­thing greater as the Turk­ish rider made an ag­gres­sive move on lap three to move up a po­si­tion to P2.

As the race pro­gressed, it seemed like Tony Ar­bolino will claim a spec­tac­u­lar vic­tory, for the Ital­ian rider was lead­ing till lap 11. By now, the gap be­tween Ar­bolino and Öncü was al­most three sec­onds. Un­for­tu­nately, on lap 12, Ar­bolino crashed and was out of the race.

This gave the lead to Öncü who sim­ply ran away with it, never to look back. Fif­teen-year-old Öncü went on to win the race with a four-sec­ond mar­gin, thus be­com­ing the youngest ever Moto3 win­ner in the his­tory of this class. The Va­len­cia round was

Öncü’s first-ever Moto3 race wherein he par­tic­i­pated as a wild­card en­try.

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