Niklas Ajo aiming to continue strong season start in Jerez


Avant Tecno KTM rider Niklas Ajo travels to Spain for third race of Moto3 season –the first of four Spanish rounds.

Moto3, Ajo, Grand Prix of the Americas 2013

The first two races of the year, held at Losail and Austin, have allowed Niklas Ajo to make his best ever start in the World Championship. After scoring points in both races, the Avant Tecno KTM rider arrives at the Grand Prix of Spain excited and pleased with the pace achieved in the second round –at which he rubbed shoulders with the leading riders. The third race of the campaign is the first of four to be held in Spain, along with Jerez, Montmelo, Motorland Aragon and Cheste.

After debuting in Austin and battling for second place at one point, Niklas Ajo will now compete on a circuit he knows to perfection and has ridden on in preseason. In the last two years at Jerez, the Avant Tecno KTM rider has not been able to finish the race, but the ninth fastest time achieved in the March pre-season IRTA test has given him optimism. At present he lies thirteenth in the overall standings, with 8 points.

The Grand Prix of Spain is one of the showcase events of the season, with amongst the highest number of visitors and a motorcycle atmosphere in the city all weekend. Practice starts the party on Friday, with qualifying on Saturday and the races on Sunday.

Circuit information – Jerez Circuit
Length: 4.423 metres / 2,748 miles
Width: 11 metres
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 607 metres / 0,377 miles
Constructed: 1986
Modified: 2002

Niklas Ajo,
”After the Grand Prix of The Americas I’m satisfied with my performance, although not the end result. I was pleased with my pace, which allowed me to fight in the leading positions. Jerez has never been one of my favourite tracks but in the recent IRTA test I felt good, so I hope to continue the same progress made in Austin. I’m sure the testing there will help us, because on the last few days the weather improved and we found a good setup. This is a track that all the riders know perfectly, because we have ridden here many times. The most important thing is to find a good pace from the first practice session and adapt to the conditions quickly, because over these days we will have less time than during the pre-season test.”