First Almeria, then Valencia and now Jerez; three circuits in as many weeks have hosted the lower cylinder category of the World Championship.
Although they were forced to sit out most of the opening session of the day due to the mixed track conditions, Husqvarna riders Niklas Ajo and Danny Kent had a good opening day at the Spanish circuit, ending the day with the third fastest time -Kent, after 51 laps- and fifteenth best -Ajo, after 31 laps-, respectively.
Danny Kent was one of the few riders to go out at the end of the opening session, undertaking four laps to regain his feel for the Husqvarna machine. In the second runout, the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo man began to try out some new setups. His 1:49.527 from that session was eclipsed in the final outing, in which he went 2 seconds faster with a 1:47.471 on his last attempt. That placed him third on the combined timesheet.
Niklas Ajo waited until the final all-Moto3 session to begin his work, and was strong from the opening minute. Feeling better than last week, the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider was ninth quickest, with a time of 1:49.039. After an additional 14 laps in the final session, the Finn stopped the clock on 1:48.674.
The Jerez test continues tomorrow, with the second of three days of action at the Spanish track.
Niklas Ajo – Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo:
”Everything seems to be alright. We made some changes to the setup for this track, and now it’s like a new start for me because I changed my riding style quite a lot. Now it looks like it’s getting better all the time. After that we had to change the bike considerably, because when you change your riding style the bike must also be set up differently. Now we are trying to look for the right setting to get our speed up and it looks like we found quite a good pace in the end. We stopped a little bit early and saved some tyres for the next few days; the lap time doesn’t matter so much. We were working consistently and continually improving. The changes we made were just with the setup, and as the weather is much better here we have more confidence than at Valencia. Here it’s easier to ride and feel at ease.”
Danny Kent – Red Bull KTM Husqvarna Ajo:
”The last session was really good; we made a big improvement in that run. At the beginning of the day we had a few problems but finally we made some changes and in the end the feeling was really good, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow. We have to try to improve tomorrow from when where left off today. So far things are going quite well and I really improved my lap times from what I did here last year. I hope the weather is good over the next two days, as today we lost quite a lot track time in the morning. It was only really in this last session where I got a really good feeling with the bike. We still have a lot of work to do, but the good thing is that I can still improve by myself.”
Combined Standings – Day 1
1. Jack Miller (KTM) 1:46.975
2. Isaac Viñales (KTM) 1:47.277 +0.302
3. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) 1:47.471 +0.496
4. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 1:47.480 +0.505
5. Romano Fenati (KTM) 1:47.735 +0.760
15. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) 1:48.674 +1.699