Niklas Ajo made his way from 14th place to world championship points in the season´s eight GP on demanding wet circuit of Sachsenring.
“The weather was so terrible today that I didn´t have any other goals than reach the finish line”, said Ajo.
After a nice sun shine the weather changed quickly in the afternoon and the heavy rain made the track almost impossible to ride on. The jury decided to guide the riders back to their pit-boxes from the starting grid and postponed the race by 25 minutes.
“I thought for a while that there is a chance that we don´t race at all”, said Ajo.
But in the end the race was held and 81 000 spectators had possibility to follow somewhat survival battle.
“It was quite an unusual race. In the beginning there was a lot of water on the track and in the end when the sun came the track became almost completely dry. Luckily, the wet tyres lasted until the finish line.”
Ajo started from 11th place.
“The start was quite good but I took the first laps perhaps a bit too carefully.”
Ajo was for a long 19th and lead a big group in which there was also battling Spanish Maverick Vinales who came to Germany as a championship leader. However, this time Ajo´s strong move in the end was too much for Vinales who has won four times this season and who now had to settle for 17th place leaving without points.
The winner of the German GP was Finnish team Ajo Motorsport´s Sandro Cortese who at the same time retuned to championship lead in front of his home crowd. After Sachsenring Cortese has 18 points more than championship second Vinales.
Ajo gained two points from Germany and moved from 18th place to 16th in championship standing.
The Finnish youngster who will celebrate his 18th birthday on Tuesday has reached points from three previous GPs, at Silverstone, Assen and Sachsenring. He aims to continue the same style next weekend at the circuit of Mugello in Italy. Mugello is the last GP of the hectic period of three GPs in a row and will start the summer brake.
Team Manager Terrell Thien, TT Motion Events Racing:
”Good race of Niklas. He preferred dry conditions but did very well in this mix. He will turn 18 on tuesday and maybe he will make himself the best present in Mugello!”
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Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 45.36,868
2. Alexis Masbou France, Caretta Technology, Honda + 0,635
3. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 3,998
4. Jack Miller Australia, Caretta Technology, Honda + 4,051
5. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK Laglisse, FTR Honda + 12,119
6. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 25,174
7. Hector Faubel Spain, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 25,499
8. Luca Gruenwald Germany, Freudenberg Racing Team, Honda + 26,087
9. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 29,675
10. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 29,891
11. Toni Finsterbusch Germany, Cresto Guide MZ Racing, Honda + 33,178
12. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 42,858
13. Alan Techer France, Technomag-CIP-TSR, TSR Honda + 1.02,653
14. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 1.10,253
15. Simone Grotzkyj Italy, Ambrogio Next Racing, Suter Honda + 1.10,447
World Championship standing:
1. Cortese 148
2. Maverick Vinales Spain, FTR Honda 130
3. Salom 104
4. Masbou 71
5. Romano Fenati Italy, FTR Honda 65
6. Khairuddin 59
7. Louis Rossi France, FTR Honda 56
8. Alex Rins Spain, Suter Honda 54
9. Danny Kent Great Britain, KTM 42
10. Antonelli 42
11. Vazquez 40
12. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Suter Honda 39
13. Sissis 38
14. Hector Faubel Spain, Kalex KTM 38
15. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Kalex KTM 36
18. Ajo 16
Next GP: 15th of July Mugello, Italy.