Niklas Ajo proved to be a true fighter despite a bad flue and a broken finger when the season´s 12th Moto3 GP was held at Misano circuit in San Marino.
The Finn did all he could during a tiring 23 lap race to reach the finish line but unfortunately KTM bike´s technic didn´t agree with him.
“I don´t know if there was a problem in a gear box or in a clutch”, Ajo says, “It was really stiff to change to lower gears. In the beginning I managed to change gear with force but in the end I lost almost all the power from my leg and I thought it was better to go to the pit one lap before the last lap. I had run few corners wide before that already.”
Ajo was 21st when he went to the pit. He made a good start from 24th place and after two laps was at his best 15th.
“The beginning was pretty good and I managed to make my way up. On fourth lap I couldn´t change the gear properly and I run wide, I lost the rhythm and the whole picture was a total mess.”
Still on Saturday Ajo rode on 4,2 kilometres long track having a fewer.
“In a race I didn´t have fewer anymore. Of course I felt a bit stuffy but it didn´t affect my racing that much. Neither did the fracture in my finger bother. The problems were purely caused by the gears”, Ajo highlighted.
Finnish team Ajo Motorsport´s pole man Sandro Cortese took already his third victory of the season. At the same time the German rider extended his lead to 46 points when five GPs of the season remain.
The season continues after two weeks at Aragon circuit in Spain.
GP APEROL DI SAN MARINO E RIVIERA DI RIMINI
Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 40.22,100
2. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 0,467
3. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 0,937
4. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 0,974
5. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda + 1,145
6. Jonas Folger Germany, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 1,180
7. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 1,315
8. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 3,983
9. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 4,376
10. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 10,872
11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 14,499
12. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 14,604
13. Hector Faubel Spain, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 14,880
14. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Andalucia JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 21,011
15. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 21,062
Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM: retired 2 laps before finish
World Championship standing:
1. Cortese 225
2. Vinales 179
3. Salom 169
4. Fenati 120
5. Rins 96
6. Alexis Masbou France, Honda 81
7. Khairuddin 81
8. Kent 70
9. Oliveira 66
10. Antonelli 63
11. Louis Rossi France, FTR Honda 59
12. Vazquez 59
13. Folger 56
14. Kornfeil 53
15. Faubel 52
16. Sissis 51
19. Ajo 21
Next GP: 30th of September Aragon, Spain