Niklas Ajo and Danny Kent debuted today with their Husqvarna bikes at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, after having done likewise last week at Almeria. Low temperatures did not prevent the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo and Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo riders from taking to the track and beginning their work at the GP circuit. Kent put in a total of 69 laps, with a best lap of 1:41.029 – fifth on the timesheet. Ajo, with 54 laps and a fastest time of 1:42.169, placed twenty-second.
The Briton was quick to start riding fast and from the early stages of the day was placed amongst the three quickest riders in the first session, alongside Miller and Antonelli. The second session ended with a time of 1:41.029 for Kent, a lap that was not lowered on a final stint.
Exactly the same formula was followed by the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider. The Finn hopes to feel more comfortable tomorrow to improve his riding style and lower his fastest time from today, a 1:42.169 set in the second session. Ajo crashed at the start of the last session, but was back on track later on.
Testing continues tomorrow at Valencia, with an expected rise in temperatures and lowering of lap times.
Niklas Ajo – Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo
”This first day was very windy and cold, so not the best conditions to work in when trying a lot of things out. We dedicated the day to regaining our feel with the bike. I think many riders crashed and I was one of them. It was a silly fall, on my first flying lap after stopping to eat, because obviously the tires were still cold. At least we could put in more laps. We must try to recover our feel and try to improve a bit tomorrow and beyond. We have to focus mainly on my riding style, because it is the most important thing we have to change in order to be faster . We have taken a step forward, but we still have much work to do to prepare well for this season, so we will continue focused.”
Danny Kent – Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo
”I think today the day did not go badly. Possibly we could have done better, but we’re still working on various general aspects get familiar with the bike. As the tests go by we will learn more. We know we can do better tomorrow, so we will continue in this way. The focus tomorrow will be, above all, cornering stability.”
Combined Standings – Day 1
1. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 1:40.000
2. Jack Miller (KTM) 1:40.355 +0.355
3. Romano Fenati (KTM) 1:40.555 +0.555
4. Isaac Viñales (KTM) 1:40.675 +0.675
5. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) 1:41.029 +1.029
22. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) 1:42.169 +2.169