Niklas Ajo unfit for German GP

09.07.2014

Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo does not recover in time for Sachsenring round and will be replaced by Gabriel Rodrigo. Danny Kent faces ninth race of the year after taking best performance to date at Assen.

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Despite trying until the last moment, Niklas Ajo will not be fit in time to contest the ninth round of the Moto3 season this weekend at Germany’s Sachsenring circuit, after undergoing surgery last week to his right ankle. Danny Kent will be at the German GP, where he hopes to consolidate his place in the first group race from Assen. The British Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider will share a garage this week with Spanish FIM CEV Repsol rider Gabriel Rodrigo, who replaces the injured Niklas Ajo.

Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider Niklas Ajo will have to wait until the Indianapolis Grand Prix to get back on his bike. With his right ankle recently operated on after a heavy crash at Assen, the Finn misses the race and is substituted by Gabriel Rodrigo. The Spanish rider will be entering his third Grand Prix race.

Meanwhile, Danny Kent wants to reaffirm his feeling from the last race. Despite being a rather different circuit to Assen, the Briton hopes to continue in the same way as the last Grand Prix, where he fought for fourth place right until the finish line. The best memory for the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider at this track is his front row qualifying performance in 2012 -his first year in Moto3.

The schedule for the German Grand Prix will be the traditional European one, with the first practice on Friday and the race at 11:00am on Sunday. This GP will mark the halfway point of the season and the last round before a three-week summer break.

Circuit information – Sachsenring
Length: 3.671 m / 2.281 miles
Width: 12 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 3
Longest straight: 700 m / 0.435 miles
Constructed: 1996
Modified: 2003

 

Niklas Ajo

”We knew it was very difficult and we tried until the last moment, but eventually it will not be possible to ride in Germany. It’s a shame but this is the smart choice and the right one to continue the season in the best way possible. Now we should not think about Germany, but instead turn our focus to Indianapolis, looking to perform as we have done at recent races. Now I need to work on my rehabilitation and start the second part of the season as if nothing had happened. I wish good luck to Gabriel Rodrigo this weekend.”

Danny Kent

”The Sachsenring is very different to all the other track at which we have competed so far. There are many corners and not too many straights between them. It’s a track that will require a lot physically, but I really like it and hopefully will get a good result. In 2012 I got a second place in qualifying, but I could not finish the race because the weather conditions were very unfavourable. It is a track that I like, so we have to go there, work hard and improve on the weekend in the Netherlands. At Assen I had my best performance of the year, but it’s not enough. The Sachsenring is not the circuit that best suits my riding style, but it’s also not the worst for me as there are some fast corners. I have to adapt to circuit, because it is different to most that we have faced this season.”