Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider crashes out on lap twelve. Danny Kent, twelfth, places in the points for sixth consecutive race.
Danny Kent claimed some hard-fought points at the San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix on Sunday morning. The Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider was part of a group fighting for seventh place at Misano, eventually finishing twelfth and extending his run in the points to six races. Niklas Ajo crashed out at the midway point of the race and left San Marino empty handed.
Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider Niklas Ajo was out of luck today. A good start allowed him to maintain the second position earned in yesterday’s qualifying session, but the rapid wear to his rear tyre led to his pace dropping. On lap twelve, the Finn lost the rear of his bike and crashed out.
Kent held his sixth position on the grid with a speedy start. The Briton was in eighth place for the majority of the first eleven laps, as part of a large second group. As usual in the Moto3 class, there was continuous overtaking in a battle for every point. Finally, Kent completed the 23 laps in twelfth place.
Danny Kent adds 4 points to his tally and occupies eleventh place in the overall standings, with 77 points. With 45 points to his name, Niklas Ajo is fourteenth. In a fortnight, at MotorLand, the Aragon GP marks the final European event will be held before the start of the flyaway rounds.
Results – Race
1. Alex Rins (Honda) 39:50.694
2. Alex Marquez (Honda) +0.042
3. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +3.403
4. Isaac Viñales (KTM) +4.459
5. Enea Bastianini (KTM) +4.485
12. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarma Ajo) +12.552
DNF – Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo)
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2014
1. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 195 points
2. Alex Marquez (Honda) 186 points
3. Alex Rins (Honda) 175 points
4. Efren Vazquez (Honda) 151 points
5. Romano Fenati (KTM) 140 points
11. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) 77 points
14. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) 45 points
Niklas Ajo >> Audio (solely for radio use)
”It was a bit of a strange race. We had a good starting position and we made a good start, holding our place and having a great first lap. But after the first lap the rear tyre started to slide too much, like had never happened to me before. I tried to stay in the front group for a few laps but it was very difficult to ride in that condition. In the end I crashed. I don’t know why this happened, but we must look ahead, because the whole team did a great job all weekend. The bike worked well until that unfortunate moment. We are at a good level, we just need some extra luck.”
Danny Kent >> Audio (solely for radio use)
”It was a pretty tough race. I didn’t start badly, but we came up against a very large group and we were all fighting a lot amongst ourselves. I would pass on the corners but they would get past me on the straights. The other bikes, like that of Efren [Vazquez] and Juanfran [Guevara], were very fast on the straights. It was a little frustrating, because if I had not been in that group I would have had a higher pace throughout the race. Now we’ll just focus on Aragon, which incidentally is one of my favourite tracks. We have to keep working hard.”