Niklas Ajo and Danny Kent arrive at Le Mans circuit for fifth Grand Prix of the year, looking to climb up through the Top 10.
At the historic Le Mans circuit, known worldwide for the 24-hour Endurance race of racing, on the shorter 4.2km Bugatti track, Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo this weekend contest their fifth race of the year. The Husqvarna World Championship riders come to the French Grand Prix in tenth and thirteenth position overall, respectively, and looking to score as many points as possible to enable them to move up the standings.
The Top 10 has been frequented by Niklas Ajo at the last two rounds of the Moto3 World Championship, and he intends to keep this run going at Le Mans. The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider aims to stick with the frontrunners for the entirety of the race –an objective to which he keeps moving closer and closer. His best result at a French GP is fifteenth position back in 2012.
Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo man Danny Kent is a big fan of the Le Mans track, but despite this has yet to achieve the results he desires there so far in his career. This will be his fourth appearance at a French Grand Prix, with fifteenth place in Moto2 last year his best finish to date. The Briton, who has scored points at every race so far in 2014, hopes to end the weekend as high up as possible in the Top 10.
The French Grand Prix race starts on Sunday at 11:00am local time. Before that, from Friday onwards the riders will enjoy practice and qualifying sessions under weather conditions which are sure to be unpredictable.
Circuit information – Le Mans
Length: 4.185 metres / 2.600 miles
Width: 13 metres
Left corners: 4
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 674 metres / 0.419 miles
Niklas Ajo – Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo
”Le Mans is a little different to the last two tracks at which we raced: Argentina and Jerez. It’s more like Austin, with heavy braking, slow corners and some chicanes. Grip levels on the asphalt are not too good, so we’ll have to work to improve that –especially in the free practice sessions. We have to go there prepared, confident and knowing that if we work hard, we have the chance of being up at the front.”
Danny Kent – Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo
”Honestly, Le Mans is a circuit that I like but where unfortunately, for various reasons, in previous years I have not done as well as I would have liked. Hopefully this weekend our luck will change and we can get a good result. To do this, we will work very hard as always. There’s not one sector that I like more than the rest, because the track is very nice in general and I like riding there. However, I must improve my times and positions. The weather also plays a role there, so hopefully we can enjoy three good days at the Grand Prix.”