Niklas Ajo looking for second consecutive Top 10 finish


After taking ninth at Phillip Island, Avant Tecno KTM man wants to continue run at Japanese GP.


Niklas Ajo gained twelve places at the Australian Grand Prix, finally completing a positive race in ninth position. It is a top ten finish which the Avant Tecno KTM rider will try to repeat this weekend at Motegi, the last meeting of the flyaway series of Moto3 rounds. With 54 points on the board, Niklas ranks fifteenth in the overall standings.

Twin Ring Motegi is a circuit described as ”stop and go” by riders, with heavy braking and significant acceleration. These characteristics are not especially suited to the riding style of Niklas Ajo —more comfortable at tracks like Phillip Island. However, the Avant Tecno KTM rider knows what it takes to perform well at the circuit, after gaining ten places last year and crossing the finish line in thirteenth place. His first objective for improvement this weekend comes in Saturday’s qualifying session.

The action at the Japanese track begins on Friday at 9:00 am local time, with the first free practice session. On Sunday, the red lights go off at 11.00am and the Moto3 riders will engage in a 20-lap battle for glory.

Circuit information – Twin Ring Motegi
Length: 4.801 m / 2.983 miles
Width: 15 metres
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 762 m / 0.473 miles
Constructed: 1997
Modified: 1997

Niklas Ajo,
”We have no time to rest on these flyaways, but we’re reaching the last leg now in Japan. Motegi is a track that I like, although it is a tricky place to ride as it is a typical ‘stop and go’ circuit. That is precisely why it isn’t the easiest track for me. Last year we didn’t do badly there, so I hope that this season we can give a good showing and fight to be in the Top 10 again.”