Niklas Ajo fought his way up from 20th place to the 14th place and to the points on sunny Aragon circuit at season´s 13th Moto3 GP held in Spain.
Ajo was with his KTM bike at his best 13th making faster laps than the leading group. In the half way of the 20 laps long race he was only four seconds from the leading rider.
“Pretty good race until the half way. Then my rear tyre started to wore out because in the beginning I had to push so hard to reach the front group.”
18-year-old Finn concentrated on having a good start but didn´t manage to keep his plan all the way.
“My start wasn´t this time that great and also the first curve was pretty difficult. But after that everything started to work well and I passed quite many riders before the rear tyre became slippery.”
Second fight in the last lap
Ajo, who competed just behind the leading group, started to fight again in the end of the race.
“I changed my riding style and then managed to do fine despite the rear tyre.”
On the final lap Ajo fought hard for the 14th place with Spanish Alex Marquez, who used to be his team mate two season´s ago in CEV-series. The battle ended up for the Finn´s victory when he bet the Spaniard by more than one tenth of a second.
“I decided that damn, I will still catch Alex and pass him. And I succeeded with it”, Ajo rejoiced.
Ajo had also every right to be pleased with the Aragon´s GP-weekend where the weather circumstances were difficult and demanding. He was at his best seventh in the rainy free practice session.
“Except the qualifying the weekend was pretty ok. The riding went fine on both dry and wet track. In the future I just have to push more in the qualifying. Better starting place would make it so much easier as this class is so extremely tight.”
Heading to Asia with positive mind
Spanish Luis Salom won the Spanish GP in front of his home crowd when he crossed the finish line only 0,155 seconds before Ajo Motorsport´s German rider after a thrilling fight on last lap. Ajo finished 14,899 seconds from Salom.
Cortese leads the championship already by 51 points when four GPs of the season remain. Salom is second and Maverick Vinales, who was forced to retire already in the warm up lap due to the technical problems, is third 66 points from Cortese. Ajo is 18th with 23 points.
The season continues on 14th of October on Motegi circuit in Japan. The riders will face a truly intensive race schedule as Japan´s, Malaysian´s and Australian´s GPs are held on consecutive weekends.
“That is quite a tour but I will travel there with a positive mind. Succeeding at Aragon was important and the timing was good as it boosted my self confidence”, Ajo confirms.
The final GP of the season is traditionally held in Spain, Valencia on Ricardo Tormo-circuit on 11th of November.
GRAN PREMIO IVECO DE ARAGÓN
Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM 40.56,391
2. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,155
3. Jonas Folger Germany, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 0,362
4. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 1,115
5. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 1,160
6. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 1,765
7. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 1,839
8. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 1,972
9. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 2,415
10. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 2,587
11. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 2,845
12. Alessandro Tonucci Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 3,067
13. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Andalucia JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 3,763
14. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 14,899
15. Alex Marquez Spain, Ambrogio Next Racing, Suter Honda + 15,041
Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM: retired 6 laps before the finish line
World Championship Standing:
1. Cortese 245
2. Salom 194
3. Maverick Vinales Spain, FTR Honda 179
4. Romano Fenati Italy, FTR Honda 120
5. Alex Rins Spain, Suter Honda 106
6. Kent 83
7. Alexis Masbou France, Honda 81
8. Khairuddin 81
9. Oliveira 74
10. Folger 72
11. Vazquez 70
12. Antonelli 69
13. Rossi 68
14. Sissis 58
15. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, FTR Honda 58
18. Ajo 23
Next GP: 14th of October Motegi, Japan.