Unfortunate season finish for Niklas


The Avant Tecno KTM rider suffered a crash in while fighting for the top ten during the ultimate race of the 2013 season at Valencia.


Niklas Ajo unfortunately was not able to top off the 2013 season on a positive note, as the Avant Tecno KTM rider fell during lap twelve while fighting to be among the top ten. This final result, after seventeen races, will classify Niklas fourteenth overall in the Moto3 category, the best season result yet for the Finn.

Niklas Ajo made a good start to the race, starting from the fifth row of the grid, moving up two positions early in the race. The Avant Tecno KTM rider resumed the pace he had displayed in the free practice and within the first few laps had put himself in a position to contest for the top ten. While battling among the third group of riders on lap twelve, Ajo suffered a fall in turn three, putting him out of the race.

With this result at the final race of the season in Valencia, Niklas Ajo completes his third season in the World Championship in fourteenth position overall in the Moto3 class.

Results (Race)
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM)   40:12.463
2. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM)   +0.186
3. Alex Rins (KTM)   +0.187
4. Alex Marquez (KTM)   +13.666
5. Efren Vazquez (Mahindra)   +13.708
DNF – Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM)

Moto3 World Championship
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM)   323 points
2. Alex Rins (KTM)   311 points
3. Luis Salom (KTM)   302 points
4. Alex Marquez (KTM)   213 points
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM)   183 points
14. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 62 points

Niklas Ajo >>  Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”The beginning of race in general wasn’t bad, I had a good start. I moved up to tenth position, but I lost a little to Fahmi [Zulfahmi Khairuddin] and the rest of the group in front. So I had to ride alone. Later, Ana Carrasco and I were racing with Fahmi, but then in turn three I lost the rear wheel and I couldn’t save the fall. I made a mistake, but don’t quite understand why it happened. I’ll check the telemetry data to see what could have happened. I think this season was better than the last, I learned many more things, I improved my riding and I think we can be happy with this. Although we had a bit of bad luck and I made mistakes, I learned from them. We’ve done a good job and we have to keep trying to improve next year.”

*Audio solely for radio use