Niklas Ajo ended up finishing 21st in Barcelona at season´s fifth GP of Moto3 class. Ajo started for the dry race from 24th place of the grid. At his best the TT Motion Events Racing Team rider was 20th. He just couldn´t reach better result this time even though he was eager to go faster with his black KTM factory bike.
– When the warm up lap started I had minor problems with my bike when it stalled. While we were searching the reason for that and starting the bike again we put wrong settings for the ignition and for the injection and also the traction control was put too much on. That limited the power especially when coming from the curves. The acceleration was really poor, Ajo described.
Due to all these problems the lap times dropped down almost a second from the level he had at the practice.
– But I can´t blame those problems for everything. In the beginning I was a bit too careful but there is no reason for ifs and buts. I will just focus on the future. After all this was a really good practice for me with a slower bike.
Ajo had a tough fight for the placements with KTM factory rider Briton Danny Kent and with Australian Arthur Sissis. Kent crossed the finish line just 27 thousandth of seconds before Ajo. Sissis finished less than four tenth of seconds after Ajo.
– I felt all the time that I am faster than Danny or Arthur. But I just couldn´t go faster and get rid of them. Pretty good fight and I am pleased with my performance, Ajo summarised.
Maverick Vinales took an overwhelming victory in front of his home crowd. In the mid way of the race he started to have his own race in the lead and crossed the finish line 7,752 seconds before Finish Team Ajo Motorsport´s German rider Sandro Cortese who became second.
Cortese leads the championship standing by seven points before Vinales. The season continues after two weeks in Great Britain at Silverstone circuit.
GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA
Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda 41.50,965
2. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 7,752
3. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 7,853
4. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 8,007
5. Alexis Masbou France, Caretta Technology, Honda + 8,075
6. Alex Marquez Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 8,267
7. Hector Faubel Spain, Bankia Aspar Team, Kalex KTM + 8,355
8. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 8,480
9. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 8,600
10. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 16,023
11. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 16,127
12. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 16,222
13. Alan Techer France, Technomag-CIP-TSR, TSR Honda + 16,792
14. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Bankia Aspar Team, Kalex KTM + 30,132
15. Jack Miller Australia, Caretta Technology, Honda + 30,132
20. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 43,738
21. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 43,765
22. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 44,119
World Championship standing:
1. Cortese 87
2. Vinales 80
3. Salom 55
4. Fenati 52
5. Rossi 45
6. Alex Rins Espanja, Suter Honda 44
7. Khairuddin 37
8. Moncayo 35
9. Antonelli 35
10. Masbou 29
11. Oliveira 27
12. Faubel 24
13. Sissis 23
14. Techer 18
15. Kent 16
26. Ajo 4
Next GP: 17th of June Silverstone, Great Britain.