Avant Tecno KTM rider amongst top 15 on first day of Indianapolis Grand Prix.
The legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway played host to the return to work of Niklas Ajo. The young Avant Tecno KTM rider ended the opening day of action satisfied with the fourteenth fastest time –1:49.893– of the day. This first day was affected by rainfall in the first session, which ruled out over a quarter of an hour of practice.
Niklas Ajo showed from the first minute of the morning free practice session his desire to get back out on track. He led the provisional timetable in the opening minutes. Track time was interrupted with 17 minutes remaining, when a fine rain fell on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and forced riders into the pits. In the end, Avant Tecno KTM rider completed the first free practice session of the weekend in sixteenth position, with a time of 1:52.734 from 9 laps.
In the second session of the day, Niklas Ajo took an important step forward. The Finn found a better configuration for his bike and, on his fourteenth lap, managed to reduce his best morning time by nearly three seconds. That brought him under the 1’50 mark and his 1’49.893 lap was the fourteenth fastest time in the combined standings for the day.
The ninth round of the year in the Moto3 class continues tomorrow with the final free practice run and the qualifying session. Niklas Ajo will try to improve on the eighth row start he took at Indianapolis last year.
Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:48.502
2. Romano Fenati (FTR Honda) 1:48.541 +0.039
3. Alex Marquez (KTM) 1:48.609 +0.107
4. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 1:48.626 +0.124
5. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:48.809 +0.307
14. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:49.893 +1.391
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”The first day in Indianapolis has been quite satisfactory. The only difficulty we’ve had has been with the rear grip, but I am confident that we can find a solution and improve the feeling on the bike. In every other respect I am happy how the first day after the summer break went.”