Niklas Ajo suffers but finishes race


Avant Tecno KTM rider completes German GP in eighteenth after 27 laps of intense pain.

Never has a summer break been so welcome for Niklas Ajo, meaning that he can rest and recover from a right wrist injury before the next round. A small fracture forced him to make an extra effort to finish a demanding race. After 27 intense laps, the Avant Tecno KTM rider completed the eighth race of the year in eighteenth position.

The young Finn gained as many as seven places on the opening lap of the German Grand Prix. Starting from twenty-fifth position, Niklas tried to forget about the damage to his right wrist and try to take the best possible result. The Avant Tecno KTM rider was part of a fourth group with whom he stuck for the entire race. His pain increased as the race went on, but he was still able to hold his position.

Niklas Ajo will now have four and a half weeks in which to recover before the next round of the Moto3 World Championship, in Indianapolis. He goes into the break with 32 points and occupying fourteenth position overall.

Results (Race)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 39:34.735
2. Luis Salom (KTM) +0.232
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.248
4. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +4.982
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) +5.201
18. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +36.968

Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (KTM)   172 points
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM)   158 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM)   142 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM)   81 points
5. Alex Marquez (KTM)   70 points
14. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 32 points

Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”It was the hardest race of my life. I had an injection in my wrist, which is probably one of the most delicate places to have one. Sensitivity is needed to ride fast, so I had to find a balance between easing the pain and keeping feeling. On the first five laps I felt good, the pain was not very strong, but from then on I suffered again and the feeling deteriorated gradually. Today my only goal was to finish the race and I did that, but obviously I’m disappointed because I did not take any points. It was definitely not my weekend; now it’s time to rest and prepare for the next race, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.”


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