The Moto3 World Championship packs its bags for three consecutive races in as many weeks: Malaysia, Australia and Japan. The first of the trio will be held at the 5.5km Sepang Circuit, considered one of the trickiest tracks on the calendar. Niklas Ajo comes into round 14 wanting to return to points-scoring ways, and is currently fourteenth overall with 43 points.
High temperatures and humidity are two of the adversities the Avant Tecno KTM rider will have to face at his second Malaysian GP. With the main objective of regaining a positive feeling and the level shown at the beginning of the season, Niklas Ajo is targeting a race in one of the front groups. His experience at the Sepang circuit is positive, and last year he achieved its second best result –ninth– there, despite injuring his right foot in practice on the Saturday and starting from sixteenth on the grid
The action at the Sepang circuit starts on Friday at 9:00am local time, with the first free practice session. However, the race will not be held at the usual time and the red lights will go out at 1pm.
Circuit information – Sepang International Circuit
Length: 5.548 m / 3.447 miles
Width: 25 metres
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 920 m / 0.572 miles
”The goal for this weekend is to get back to my level and the positions where I was earlier in the season. The last race was very difficult, so I have to relax in order to go faster and regain the good feelings I had before. The Sepang circuit is one of the most complicated of the season. It has very fast sections, but also some very slow and technical ones. It is important to have good corner exits because Sepang has some very long straights. The race last year was pretty good for me and I have good memories of it, but I was riding with a broken foot after a big fall in practice on the Saturday.”