Stellar comeback for Niklas Ajo

02.06.2013

Avant Tecno KTM rider overtakes 15 riders at Italian Grand Prix and finishes eighth, claiming eight more championship points.

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The challenge was difficult, but Niklas Ajo managed to continue his run of points-scoring finishes at the fifth round of the Moto3 World Championship, contested this morning at the Mugello circuit. The young Avant Tecno KTM rider scaled 15 places in 20 laps, crossing the finish line in eighth place.

Twenty-third place on the grid at one of the most technical circuits on the calendar, Niklas Ajo faced  the most difficult race of the season so far. However, his day ended in excellent fashion. On the opening lap he moved up seven places, but continued pushing and kept up his pace to reach a large second group. Battling up to eighth, he held onto the position for an outstanding result, in a race won by Spanish rider Luis Salom.

With the eight points scored today, Niklas Ajo now lies in eleventh place overall —with a total of 26 points.

Results (Race)
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 39:53.827
2. Alex Rins (KTM)   +0.099
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM)   +0.303
4. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra)   +0.757
5. Alex Marquez (KTM)   +0.819
8. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +18.627

Moto3 World Championship
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM)   106 points
2. Luis Salom (KTM)   102 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM)   81 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM)   63 points
5. Alex Marquez (KTM)   35 points
11. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 26 points

Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”It was a very good race today. After starting from twenty-third I think that this was the maximum that we could do. The front group got away early and I tried just to take the highest position possible. Today I felt much better on the bike, after making some changes to the setup and changing some aspects of my riding style to adapt better to this circuit. I’m very happy with how the race went, we have obtained important points for the World Championship and moved up places.”

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