The World Championship returns this weekend with a visit to the MotorLand Aragon circuit. The Spanish track was built in 2009 and will be holding its fourth Grand Prix event —a third which Niklas Ajo will have taken part in. After an eleventh place at Misano, the Avant Tecno KTM rider hopes to enjoy an incident-free weekend as he targets a top ten finish.
The 5km Aragon track is reknowned for its speed, changes in altitude and its corkscrew section on Turns 8 and 9. Last year, Niklas Ajo had a strong showing to place fourteenth, following a battle in the lead group for the first half of the race. The main objective for this weekend will be to improve his qualifying position in order to avoid the neccesity to make another comeback through the field —something seen frequently this season.
Niklas Ajo is currently fourteenth in the overall standings on 43 points. He exceeded his 40-point haul from 2012 with his result at Misano. The young Finn will be back onboard his KTM at 9am local time on Friday, for the opening practice session of the weekend.
Circuit information – MotorLand Aragon
Length: 5.078 m / 3.155 miles
Width: 15 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 7
Longest straight: 968 m / 0.601 miles
”I have some good memories of this circuit. Last time was pretty good, because I was able to pursue the leading group until the middle of the race, before my tyres went off. MotorLand Aragon is a complicated circuit, where each sector and each corner are important. We’ll see how it goes this year, but I think the bike could work especially well at this track. After just missing out at Misano, I hope to be back in the top 10 on Sunday. Hopefully we’ll get lucky and not have to deal with crashes and visits to hospital like at the last race, and everything will be calmer.”