Niklas Ajo makes first wet weather run of 2013 preseason

19.03.2013

Avant Tecno KTM rider completes 7 laps on a day of intense rain at Jerez.
Inconvenient weather conditions again affected the plans of Niklas Ajo in Jerez. Just like on the three previous days of testing at the track last month, rain dominated the day this Tuesday. Despite this, the Avant Tecno KTM rider still went out, riding for the first time in the wet this preseason.
Torrential rainfall in the early morning meant that only six Moto3 riders took to the track. Niklas Ajo opted to not take too many risks in conditions that made the surface practically unrideable. It was not until the third and final session that he decided to test out the wet asphalt, ending the day with a best time of 2:02.043.
Testing will continue tomorrow, with the penultimate day of the preseason. A sunny day is forecast at Jerez.
”I was only able to do seven laps today, because I was trying some gearbox pieces. The track wasn’t completely wet, as the wind dried it out, so it is hard to draw any conclusions from these conditions. It didn’t make much sense to do any more laps, as the strong wind, varying rain, etc meant we couldn’t learn much. Riding in the wet is always different, and it isn’t possible to get a special setup. You have to race in whatever, and adapt”.

Results
1. Jack Miller (FTR-Honda) 1:57.627
2. John McPhee (FTR-Honda) 1:57.801 +0.174
3. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:57.963 +0.336
4. Álex Rins (KTM) 1:58.765 +1.138
5. Arthur Sissis (KTM) 1:58.796 +1.169
20. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 2:02.043 +4.416