Niklas Ajo – 58 laps, 232 km – and Danny Kent -79 laps, 317 km – were busy men on the second day of testing at Valencia. The Husqvarna riders made the most of the improved weather, which saw track temperatures up to 16 ºC, to continue progress with their bikes. Both improved their times from yesterday: Kent placed third and Ajo twentieth.
Ajo improved from yesterday at the first opportunity, setting a 1:41.613 time. Despite a crash in the first session, the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider could go back out and did not lose too much time. In the exclusive session for the Moto3 class, the Finn again improved his best time, clocking a 1:41.127 which put him fifteenth in the second session. He completed the day with 12 laps in the final session, focusing on different setups for his bike.
Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider Kent knew yesterday that he still had room for improvement and, from the early stages on Wednesday, felt comfortable with his bike. He was back amongst the top three, with his best time in the first session a 1:39.726 – nearly a second and a half faster than yesterday. He was unable to better it in the following two sessions, due to strong winds reaching 37 km/h and a focus on testing parts.
Both Husqvarna riders have one final day in Valencia tomorrow, before heading to Jerez for the next official testing session next week.
Niklas Ajo – Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo
”This second day was clearly much better than yesterday, but the conditions are still not the best. It is very cold and I do not want to take any risks that may cause any serious crash. I’m a little cautious. The lap times are not very good, but are consistent. We’re doing fine, so we will continue going step by step and the speed will come. A good thing about today is that we were always improving. Every day I feel more comfortable because I’m changing my style a bit more. I hope to keep improving tomorrow and that we can try something else with the bike. For now, everything is perfect.”
Danny Kent – Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo
”This second day was much better than yesterday, because in addition to significantly improving our times, we also did so with my feeling with the bike, and that’s the main thing. There are still some things that we can improve on, so we can lower our times. I’m a little tired today, but I hope to be good for tomorrow. The truth is that today has been a major step forward from yesterday. I don’t think we can change many more settings for the bike, so now we shall add more miles to the clock and it is I who will be improving.”
Combined Standings – Days 1 and 2
1. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 1:39.454
2. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:39.462 +0.008
3. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) 1:39.726 +0.272
4. Romano Fenati (KTM) 1:39.885 +0.431
5. Isaac Viñales (KTM) 1:40.060 +0.606
20. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) 1:41.127 +1.673