The German Grand Prix did not start in the best way possible for Niklas Ajo. The Avant Tecno KTM rider was affected by a wrist injury suffered in a motocross training crash, unable to perform to his best in the first two practice sessions held at the Sachsenring. His best lap of 1:29:676 put him thirtieth.
It was an unfortunate start for Niklas Ajo, who set a personal best lap of 1:31:466 on his ninth time around in the first free practice session, before losing the front of his bike at Turn 3 and crashing. Despite escaping uninjured, the Avant Tecno KTM rider could not get back on track for the remainder of the runout, missing 21 minutes of the session.
In the second session, the Finn’s woes increased. A sore right wrist hindered his efforts to get laps under his belt, although he was able to push hard enough to drop over 1.5 seconds off his time from the morning. Upon dismounting his bike, he headed to the mobile clinic for medical attention to his right hand.
Tomorrow, the grid for Sunday’s race will be decided in qualifying; Niklas took off from eleventh at last year’s race.
Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:27.208
2. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:27.588 +0.380
3. Efren Vazquez (Mahindra) 1:28.212 +1.004
4. Isaac Viñales (FTR Honda) 1:28.227 +1.019
5. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:28.252 +1.044
30. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:29.676 +2.468
Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) – Audio (Finnish)
”This week I hurt my wrist training motocross, suffering a small fracture which made today very difficult. In the morning I declined an injection and it was hard to get a good feeling. Also, with the pain I found it hard to focus and also had a little crash on Turn 3, just as I was braking. Luckily, the fall wasn’t very heavy. In the second session I had the injection and felt better with the bike, and was able to ride well —which is the important thing. Now we just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.”
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