Niklas Ajo could not hope for better form heading to the fourth race of the year, to be held this Sunday at the French circuit of Le Mans. The sixth place finish in the previous race, the Grand Prix of Spain, was the best result for the Avant Tecno KTM rider since his World Championship debut in 2011. With eighteen points and lying eighth in the Moto3 World Standing, Niklas Ajo has finished in the top fifteen at three consecutive races to kick off the campaign –his best season start ever.
The weather forecast for this weekend is not the most optimistic, suggesting a wet Grand Prix. If that is the case, then Niklas Ajo’s experience from last season will serve him well, as he took a points-earning finish. The historic 4.180 metre Le Mans circuit is characterised by its narrow layout and a combination of inclined and fast corners.
The Avant Tecno KTM rider is almost 100% recovered from a big crash suffered in the warmup session at Jerez, which left him battered and bruised for the race. He has a chance to match his best run of points-scoring finishes, with a fourth in a row.
Circuit information – Le Mans Circuit
Length: 4.180 metres / 2,597 miles
Width: 13 metres
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 674 metres / 0,419 miles
”I’m happy after the good result at Jerez, but not completely. I suffered two crashes before the race; without them, I’m sure we could have finished the race with more options to place higher. Luckily, every day I feel better and my legs should be 100% for this weekend. I can’t wait to go to France and get back in the fight for the top positions. However, it is very likely that we will not have good weather there. It is clear that the rain is always a factor at this Grand Prix, because at this time of year the weather changes all the time. In addition, the grip on the track isn’t very good when it rains, as we saw in last year’s race. Despite this, wet riding does not bother me, because it will be the same for everyone. This is a ’stop and go’ kind of circuit, with some heavy braking points. It will be very important to find a good setup on Friday and get up to a suitable pace.”