Niklas Ajo takes best World Championship result to date


Avant Tecno KTM rider places sixth in Jerez, battling against pain suffered in a warmup crash.


Niklas Ajo this morning rode a race that he will remember for the rest of his life. At the Grand Prix of Spain the Avant Tecno KTM rider achieved the best result of his World Championship career to date. That had followed a heavy crash in the morning warmup, which had left him battered and bruised for a race that was eventually stopped six laps from its scheduled duration.

A good start from Niklas Ajo, who had been eighth on the grid, saw him maintain his position. Keeping with the trailing group, the Avant Tecno KTM rider rode around a hurt left leg. With six laps to go, the events of Austin were repeated and a red flag terminated the race. Niklas Ajo placed sixth, leading that second group.

The 10 points earned today place the young Finn in eighth place overall in the Moto3 class, with a total of 18.  The World Championship returns in a fortnight, with the French Grand Prix on May 19th.

Results (Race)
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 26:57.338
2. Luis Salom (KTM) +0.263
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) +4.475
4. Brad Binder (Suter Honda) +15.104
5. Jakub Kornfeil (Kalex KTM) +18.412
6. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +19.064

Moto3 World Championship
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 65 points
2. Luis Salom (KTM) 61 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 41 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 40 points
5. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (KTM) 28 points
8. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 18 points

Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”I think that was the most difficult race of my life, because I had a very hard crash this morning in the warmup and I’m pretty sore all over my body. I do not even know if I have something broken, but during the race both my knee and ankle hurt me a lot. Now I’m going to look at it with the doctor, but I am very happy to have finished the race in sixth place —my best result ever.”

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