Avant Tecno KTM rider feeling good after opening kilometres at Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.
After two long months off a Grand Prix bike, Niklas Ajo had a first preseason test in Valencia that finished on Thursday. The Avant Tecno KTM rider made a positive return at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo with three days of testing. It was a positive feeling after the leg injury that he had in the winter, and the test allowed him to debut the KTM bike with which he will participate this year in the World Championship.
The Finn waited until 11.00 am in the morning to take to the track in Valencia. Finally avoiding the strong winds, Ajo waited for track temperatures to rise before his first laps. He put in 27 laps in the first session, improving his best time from yesterday to 1’41.609.
In the second session of the morning, exclusively for the Moto3 grid, Niklas continued taking steps forward on his return to the track, lowering his best time by 4 tenths. He stopped the clock at 1’41.250 after another 13 laps.
”I’m very happy with the results of these three days here in Valencia, because just three weeks ago I did not even know if I could ride for much time, as my leg hurt so badly. During these runouts I felt discomfort, but I was able to ride on all three days and I’m happy with how the bike is working, how the team is working and how I’ve gone on the KTM.
“Everything went well, it is clear that times are not the best, but that is something we can work on at the next test, because now the conditions are not the best. It’s the first time I’ve ridden the new bike and it is better than last year’s. Even with the base setting I had a good feeling, so from here on we can only improve.”
The preseason continues and, on Tuesday of next week, Niklas Ajo will ride at the Circuito de Jerez in three days of official testing.
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:39.299
2. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:39.585 +0.286
3. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:39.669 +0.370
4. John McPhee (FTR Honda) 1:39.819 +0.520
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:40.050 +0.751
23. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:41.250 +1.951