Red Bull MotoGP Rookies’ Cup champion Can Oncu will make the step up to the Moto3 World Championship in 2019 with the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad and will make Moto3 history as the youngest rookie rider.

Oncu, who competes for the team in the Moto3 Junior World Championship alongside twin brother Deniz, will make his Moto3 debut with a wildcard at Valencia next month before his full-time move to the lightweight class in 2019.

He will become the youngest rookie in Moto3 history during the 2019 Qatar GP on March 10th aged 15 years, 7 months and 12 days.

The Turkish teenager is naturally delighted to make the move into the world level as he braces for a tough learning curve in 2019.

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“I’m very happy to have received this opportunity to race in the MotoGP World Championship with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team,” Oncu said. “It’s a dream come true. I can’t wait for next season, because I’m already familiar with the bike and the team from this year in the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship; that gives me great peace of mind. In addition, I will shortly have my first GP wildcard appearance, so there is no better reward for this dream year.

“Thanks to the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, the Asia Talent Cup and the FIM CEV, I already know many of the circuits on the World Championship calendar, but my goal for the first year is to learn everything possible and gain experience with the KTM. I look forward to starting this new phase of my career, and I want to thank all those people who have made it possible.”

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