Niklas Ajo and Danny Kent end three-day test with the third and the twentieth fastest times, respectively, on the combined timesheet.
The Husqvarna Moto3 riders ended Thursday at the Ricardo Tormo circuit with positive conclusions drawn from their three-day test. Danny Kent took the third fastest time of the three days -1:39.726- and Niklas Ajo was twentieth quickest -1:41.127. Overall, the Brit added 1,778km to his personal testing clock, with Ajo contributing 1,470.
The wind was a big factor on Thursday, preventing riders from lowering their times from yesterday. However, Danny Kent was the first rider in Moto3 out on track, at 10.10 am. After checking the conditions for the day and seeing the possibility of further improving his times as unlikely, the Red Bull Husqvarna man focused exclusively on testing various things. His experimentation was interrupted by a couple of crashes, which did not prevent him from going back out. In the end, his best time in the first session -1:40.675- was the ninth best of the day.
Niklas Ajo came close to improving on his best from Wednesday, adding further kilometres to his testing tally. The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider’s 1:41.184 was almost dead even with his previous best. Eighteenth on Thursday, Ajo finished satisfied with his testing, although disappointed with the limiting effects of the weather.
With data to analyse after three intense days of work, the Husqvarna Factory Racing squad travels to southern Spain next, where from Tuesday they will start a new three-day test at the Circuito de Jerez.
Niklas Ajo, Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo:
”I think we’ve improved a lot with every day, it is true that the lap times were not as fast as we might have expected, but we’ve been consistent. We set the same lap times throughout the whole sessions and we were able to try some new things with the bike. We tried to relax to find the best possible feeling and I’m happy with how things went. After these three days, we head to Jerez in good shape. Today was much windier than yesterday and it was more difficult to set good times, but still we matched those from yesterday. However, this does not matter, we’re talking about the first test and the timesheet doesn’t really matter. It will be important at the final test, at Jerez, but before that we need to focus on the next test and continue our hard work. We want to improve our pace because we are now consistent, but the lap times are still slow. Improving them is the next step.”
Danny Kent, Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo:
”Today was windier than yesterday or Tuesday. We also had two crashes, although one was not my fault, and we have been testing different things. It is precisely for this reason that we are here, to try new things and to be ready for the first race of the year in Qatar. I think, overall, the test was not too bad, but there are things we can improve on in terms of both my riding and the bike. Now I am waiting impatiently for the test at Jerez.”
Combined Standings – 3 days
1. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 1:39.454
2. Jack Miller (KTM) 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