Niklas Ajo ended the first Moto3 GP season in a great way at wet Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain. The Finn had a great start with his black KTM bike from 22nd place of the grid and in the end finished ninth.
“I am really pleased. This was a good ending for this season and I took my place from where I belong, which is in top ten. This year has been full of ups and downs but the end of the season was good. I have learnt a lot”, Ajo says.
Ajo improved his place by five during the first lap. At his best he was eight when eight laps remained. Before that Ajo had passed Spanish riders Luis Salom and Maverick Vinales, who ended second and third in championship standing after German world champion Sandro Cortese.
“The beginning of the race could have been perhaps a bit better but in the half way I made perhaps my best performance of the season. At that stage I had same lap times with the leading group. Later on my tyres started to wore out and I couldn´t push any harder but instead I tried to keep my position in difficult conditions”, Ajo sums up the 24 laps race.
In the last lap 18 year old Ajo had a tough fight over ninth place with GP winner
Salom. That fight was won by Ajo with 65 thousandth of seconds.
“I have won tough battles in my own group quite many times this season and that of course feels good.”
The Spanish GP was a big celebration for Finnish Team Ajo Motorsport who took triple victory in Spain.
Briton Danny Kent passed Cortese in last curve and crossed the finish line 56 thousandth of seconds before the world champion. Beside Kent also Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin had extremely hard final lap and made his way to third 0,114 seconds after the winner.
Niklas Ajo was 23,180 seconds from Kent. His season´s best result is from Assen where he was eight. In world standing Ajo ended up 19th with 40 points.
GP GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA
Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 45.05,891
2. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,056
3. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 0,114
4. Brad Binder South Africa, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 0,431
5. Hector Faubel Spain, Andalucia JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 4,371
6. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 7,605
7. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 14,931
8. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda + 18,495
9. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 23,180
10. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 23,245
11. Philipp Oettl Germany, HP Moto Kalex, Kalex KTM + 27,532
12. Juan Francisco Guevara Spain, Wild Wolf BST, FTR Honda + 30,331
13. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 31,255
14. Alessandro Tonucci Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 34,660
15. Josep Rodriquez Spain, Moto FGR, FGR Honda + 50,522
19. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 52,970
Moto3 World Standing:
1. Cortese 325
2. Salom 214
3. Vinales 207
4. Kent 154
5. Alex Rins Spain, Suter Honda 141
6. Romano Fenati Italy, FTR Honda 136
7. Khairuddin 128
8. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Suter Honda 114
9. Jonas Folger Germany, Kalex KTM 93
10. Efren Vazquez Spain, FTR Honda 93
11. Louis Rossi France, FTR Honda 86
12. Sissis 84
13. Alexis Masbou France, Honda 81
14. Antonelli 77
15. Kornfeil 71
19. Ajo 40