Niklas Ajo takes fifth row start for Sepang race


Avant Tecno KTM rider claims fifteenth fastest time in qualification for Malaysian GP.


Tomorrow sees the fourteenth race on the Moto3 calendar take place, in which Niklas Ajo will start from the fifth row of the grid. The Avant Tecno KTM rider, who set a best lap of 2:15.509, finished in fifteenth position in the qualifying session held this Saturday at the Sepang Circuit.

In the third and final practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix, Niklas Ajo continued the work that he began yesterday. He needed just two flying laps to improve upon his best lap from Friday, although it was on his seventh lap that he set his fastest time of 2:15.935. However, a crash with 6 minutes remaining prevented the Finn from completing the session on track.

A wet track complicated the start of the qualifying session. As happened yesterday in the second free practice session, the Moto3 riders had to wait to enjoy a completely dry surface. Despite the conditions, Niklas Ajo pushed hard. Six minutes before the end of the session, the Avant Tecno KTM rider occupied a place on the front row. His final lap of 2:15.509 -his best of the entire weekend- earnt him fifteenth position in the grid.

The lights go out for the Moto3 race at 1pm local time tomorrow. Ajo will look to repeat or improve upon his ninth position from last year’s Malaysian GP.

Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 2:13.867
2. Alexis Masbou (FTR Honda) 2:13.985 +0.118
3. Niccolo Antonelli (FTR Honda) 2:14.006 +0.139
4. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) 2:14.067 +0.200
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 2:14.329 +0.462
15. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 2:15.509 +1.642

Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”Qualifying didn’t go badly. I think that at the end we could have gone a little better, but I encountered traffic on my final lap and made a gear change mistake. However, I think that my starting position is good, compared with some of my practice sessions this weekend. We performed well with new tyres. I hope that things go well for us tomorrow.”


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