More than 70,000 fans attended the historic Silverstone circuit to watch the eleventh round of the Moto3 World Championship. After disappointment at Brno last weekend, Niklas Ajo was able to complete the British Grand Prix inside the points, placing fifteenth. Only contact with another rider in the final stages of the race prevented the Avant Tecno KTM rider from adding more points to his tally.
The young Finnish rider moved up four places off the start line and was seventh in the first sector of lap one –gaining a further position to complete the opening lap in sixth. Despite being part of a packed group in the early going, Niklas Ajo was unable to maintain the frenetic pace of the frontrunners.
Instead, he found a place in the third group, where up to nine riders battled for ninth place. He felt comfortable, but it was to be a crash by another rider which soured Ajo’s day. Contact between the faller and the Avant Tecno KTM rider’s bike meant that he was forced off the track with three laps remaining. He returned to claim fifteenth place, in a race won by Luis Salom.
The fifteenth spot meant that Niklas Ajo was back in the points. His total now stands at 38, after eleven rounds, and he is fourteenth in the overall standings.
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 38:17.291
2. Alex Rins (KTM) +0.049
3. Alex Marquez (KTM) +0.698
4. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.849
5. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +20.561
15. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +34.145
Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 233 points
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 207 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 200 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 120 points
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 117 points
14. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 38 points
Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”This race went a little better than the last few rounds, but the final result was not as good as we had expected. I’ve been feeling ill all weekend and felt as if I lacked strength as the laps went by. The start was good, but after two laps I saw that I could not keep up the pace of the lead group and still finish the race. So I had to slow the pace and fight amongst the third group. The battle for ninth was good, but Arthur [Sissis] fell behind me and his bike clipped mine. I could not avoid going off the track and I was left riding alone to finish off the remaining laps.”
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