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Öncü Scores Incredible Podium
Despite not yet being fully recovered from a long term left arm injury Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) showed all his skill and fighting spirit to take third place after a shortened seven lap Race Two at the final round of the season at Jerez.
The last on-track contest of the year proved to be full of drama from the outset with a crash from one rival rider puncturing the trackside safety airfence and bringing out the red flags while repairs were made.
After this delay the race was re-scheduled for only seven laps, not the originally expected 17.
This gave Can the opportunity to strike from his seventh place on the restarted grid, pushing his way up to third and chasing eventual second place rider Stefano Manzi all the way to the flag.
This was Can’s third podium finish of the season, ending 2023 on a high point after an injury affected year - which nonetheless delivered his first career race win at the Mandalika circuit in Round Two.
He ends the season 13th in the points table, even after missing five full race weekends and not being fully fit in the most recent four.
Can has reconfirmed with the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing squad for 2024, allowing him a long winter period to continue his recovery before action starts again at Phillip Island in Australia, in the final weekend of February.