Niklas Ajo holds onto top ten start

18.05.2013

Avant Tecno KTM rider, ninth in qualifying, will start tomorrow from the third row of the grid.

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Action at Le Mans continued today with the second day of practice sessions. In the highlight of the day for Niklas Ajo, the Finn qualified inside the top ten for the third time in a row, taking ninth. With this result, the Avant Tecno KTM rider also achieved his highest  qualifying performance in France from three visits.

In the morning practice session, Niklas Ajo again achieved the sixth best time, as he did in both sessions yesterday. His best lap of 1’45.559 deserves additional credit, having come after a crash at Turn 5 at the start of the session.

A few minutes later, in the qualifying session, Niklas Ajo got the most out of his KTM machine to place amongst the best in Moto3. On the seventeenth of his nineteen laps, the Avant Tecno KTM rider put in a 1’44.560 that took 0.5 seconds off his previous best.

Starting from ninth, it is likely that Niklas Ajo will have to contest a wet race, as forecasts predict rain early on at Le Mans.

Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:43.696
2. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) 1:43.806 +0.110
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:43.969 +0.273
4. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:44.123 +0.427
5. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:44.178 +0.482
9. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:44.560 +0.864

Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”The position earnt today is good -even more so when you consider how tight the session was. It was maybe the closest of the year. There was a lot of talent on track and every rider pushed hard. I didn’t feel perfect with the bike today, so there are things we want to improve, but this afternoon we wil continue working with a focus on tomorrow’s race.”

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