Niklas Ajo was at his best third in Moto3 class in Australian GP but a mistake put an end to his fantastic ride and he crashed on chilly Phillip Island circuit.
”This bugs me really bad!”, Ajo admits.
“Nevertheless, the race gave me again good experience. The GP of Australia showed that in a good day my pace is fast enough to reach the podium if I just am patient enough not to exceed my limits”, highlights 18-year-old Ajo who just had his 30th GP.
As typical Ajo made a great start from 15th place and improved his position instantly by eight.
“The start and first laps were fairly good.”
The first setback came along when 23 lap´s race had 16 laps left. Ajo rode wide with his KTM bike but managed to get back to the track from the sand without falling. But he dropped from top trio to 11th place.
“Riding in third felt good but I made a mistake when I rode perhaps a bit too fast trying to stay in same pace with Cortese (Sandro) and Oliveira (Miguel) who had escaped from the others. I should have just been patient. The rear part of my bike slid from under me, the bike wobbled and I didn´t manage to keep it on the track anymore. After that the whole situation went a bit messy for me.“
Ajo had only few laps to reach the leading group. He crashed twice and retired from the race in the half way.
“The front part slid from under me and I fell at that stage harmlessly so I was able to continue my race. But when the front part slid second time that was that then. I couldn´t concentrate anymore after those incidents”, Ajo admits.
The penultimate GP of the season was won overwhelmingly by Finnish Team Ajo Motorsport´s German Sandro Cortese who secured the championship to himself a week ago in Malaysia. He took his fifth victory of the season crossing the finish line 2,108 seconds before Oliveira.
The battle for third position was significantly harder. In the end it was Cortese´s teammate Arthur Sissis who took the first podium place of his GP-career in front of his home crowd. Sissis bet Spanish Alex Rins by 53 thousandth of seconds. Finnish team´s British rider Danny Kent crossed the finish line fourth 23 thousandth of seconds after Rins.
The final GP of the season will be after two weeks in Valencia, Spain.
“Valencia has always been a good track for me and my aim is to have a result as good as possible from there. But we´ll see what happens as the track has a new asphalt surface now. But first I will relax a bit after this tough period of three consecutive GP weekends and I will heal myself”, Ajo says referring to the fracture in his left metatarsus.
AIRASIA AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 38.20,014
2. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 2,108
3. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 5,031
4. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 5,084
5. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 5,107
6. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 5,109
7. Alessandro Tonucci Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 5,374
8. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 5,894
9. Alex Marquez Spain, Ambrogio Next Racing, Suter Honda + 30,783
10. Isaac Vinales Spain, Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 30,911
11. Jonas Folger Germany, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 32,803
12. Adrian Martin Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 33,302
13. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 33,479
14. Brad Binder South Africa, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 34,102
15. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 43,749
Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM.
World Championship Standing:
1. Cortese 305
2. Salom 208
3. Maverick Vinales Spain, FTR Honda 199
4. Rins 141
5. Fenati 136
6. Kent 129
7. Oliveira 114
8. Khairuddin 112
9. Jonas Folger Germany, Kalex KTM 93
10. Vazquez 93
11. Sissis 84
12. Alexis Masbou France, Honda 81
13. Louis Rossi France, FTR Honda 76
14. Antonelli 74
15. Kornfeil 62
19. Ajo 33
Next GP: 11th of November Valencia, Spain.