Finn claims best ever finish at Grand Prix of Italy, taking the best result for a Husqvarna rider so far in 2014 in the process. Danny Kent fights back to score a point.
The Husqvarna riders both made raceday comebacks on a sunny day at Mugello. Niklas Ajo achieved the best result of his career, finishing fifth in one of the most closely-fought races in recent years. His final position was the best for a Husqvarna rider so far this season. Danny Kent crossed the finish line in fifteenth, after gaining 11 places. With this result, both riders hold 27 points in the overall standings of the Moto3 World Championship, occupying eleventh and twelfth place, respectively.
Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider had the best race to date of his four-season stint in the World Championship. The Finn, who started from 15th after a difficult qualifying session, stuck with the frontrunners from the start –riding amongst the 16 riders who made up the group. In the second part of the race he began to overtake rivals and was in a position to fight for the podium on the final sector of the final lap. Niklas Ajo eventually crossed the finish line 0.260s behind racewinner Romano Fenati.
Fellow Husqvarna man Danny Kent also put on a great show on Sunday. The Briton, suffering from sickness, started from the ninth row of the grid and staged a magnificent comeback to gain 11 places. The Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider added a further point to his tally for the year with fifteenth place, and has taken points at every race thus far in 2014.
The next round of the Moto3 World Championship will take place on June 15th at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Results – Race
1. Romano Fenati (KTM) 39:46.256
2. Isaac Viñales (KTM) +0.010
3. Alex Rins (Honda) +0.011
4. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +0.121
5. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) +0.260
15. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) +25.904
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2014
1. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 104 points
2. Romano Fenati (KTM) 99 points
3. Alex Rins (Honda) 87 points
4. Efren Vazquez (Honda) 76 points
5. Isaac Viñales (KTM) 64 points
11. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) 27 points
12. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) 27 points
Niklas Ajo >> Audio (solely for radio use)
”It was a great race with a nice battle at the end. I lost many positions on the opening laps and I had to push a lot to keep up. Then I stuck behind the large group. On the last lap I thought that it was my moment and, step by step, I crept up into the top positions. I went from being far back to fifth. On the last corner of the last lap I made a good start, but Oliveira pushed me a little onto grass and I think that was where I lost the podium. I think I would have had the opportunity to take advantage of multiple slipstreams. Anyway, it was a great race and I’m very happy.”
Danny Kent >> Audio (solely for radio use)
”We knew it would be difficult to have a good race after the way the qualifying session went, with us starting from 26th on the grid. Also, I’m not feeling quite right. From the warmup onwards I felt a lack of energy after just a couple of laps, so the whole race was very hard. After just four laps, my energy was sapped. I gave it my best. It was not the result we wanted before starting the weekend, because we knew we could be stronger, but the way things went, a point isn’t a bad return. I am confident that we can improve.”