Niklas Ajo in good pace in Australia

27.10.2012

Niklas Ajo has a confident mind before the season´s penultimate Moto3 GP held on Sunday at Phillip Island circuit in Australa.
“The pace is in a good level and I have a good feeling for riding”, Ajo says, “My starting place is 15th but it´s not that bad place to aim for the top ten in here.”
Ajo´s fastest time with his KTM-bike in the qualifying was 1.39,631, with which he was only four tenths of a second from the first row. Saturday morning´s free practice session improved Ajp´s self esteem even more as he was fifth with a time that was two tenths of a second faster than his time in the qualifying.
“That practice session was really good and I managed to improve my lap times all the time. The same good feeling carried me to the qualifying, which I started with used tyres. But unfortunately then it started to rain when I returned to the track. I wasn´t able to improve my time anymore.”
The flags indicating the track was wet were shown 16 minutes before the end of the qualifying session. Ajo decided to stay at the pits during the end of the session.
However, Ajo, who rode the Phillip Island´s 4,4 kilometres long, chilly and windy circuit 13 times went once more out to check the situation when there were five minutes left.
“It rained so much at the back side of the track that I decided to return to the pit box. There was no reason to take any risks.”
In the three last GPs Ajo has made his way to the points thanks to good starts.
“I will just try to continue the same way here in Australia by taking a good start.”
The pole position of the Australian GP was taken with a time of 1.38,334 by Ajo Motorsport´s German rider Sandro Cortese, who secured the championship last Sunday in Malaysia. He was 0,393 seconds faster than his country man Jonas Folger taking the seventh pole position of the season.

AIRASIA AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
Moto3 Qualifying Practice Classification:

1. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 1.38,334
2. Jonas Folger Germany, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 0,393
3. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 0,845
4. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,888
5. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 0,895
6. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 0,928
7. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 1,003
8. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda + 1,053
9. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 1,096
10. Alessandro Tonucci Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 1,117
11. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Andalucia JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 1,180
12. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 1,202
13. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 1,238
14. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 1,261
15. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 1,297