Stellar ninth place for Niklas Ajo

20.10.2013

Avant Tecno KTM rider makes up twelve places, finishing Australian GP in top ten.

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Niklas Ajo was able to leave Phillip Island happy on Sunday, in contrast to his previous two visits to the Australian circuit. Setting off from row seven on the starting grid, the Avant Tecno KTM rider worked hard to make one of his spectacular comebacks, winning the battle of the second group to cross the line ninth. With this result, Niklas gains a further seven points in the overall standings.

It was an excellent start for the Finnish rider at Phillip Island, as on the second lap he was up to eighth. After sticking in the leading group in the early stages, the Avant Tecno KTM rider dropped into a large second group, where up to ten riders fought for ninth place. Niklas was the one to best read the race and crossed the finish line at the head of that pack, 15 seconds behind the winner of the event, Alex Rins.

With two races remaining until the end of the season, the Avant Tecno KTM rider occupies fifteenth position in the overall standings with 54 points. The next race takes place next week at the Motegi circuit in Japan.

Results (Race)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 37:40.375
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.003
3. Luis Salom (KTM) +0.178
4. Alex Marquez (KTM) +0.502
5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) +0.601
9. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +15.074

Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 300 points
2. Alex Rins (KTM) 295 points
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 278 points
4. Alex Marquez (KTM) 175 points
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 147 points
15. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 54 points

Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”The start was very good. I was very far back, but I was aggressive on the first lap and fortunately I was able to climb up to the top 10. I was in the leading group in the first stages, but some riders have begun to overtake each other without using much common sense and I lost the front group. I just tried to push hard and get back to that pack, but it was impossible. I kept in the second group, where the overtaking was constant. I prepared well for the last lap to place first of the group. I’m not entirely happy, because yesterday we missed many chances to do better in the qualifying session. We have to improve ahead of the next race to have a chance at the front.”

 

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