Hard fought ninth row for Niklas Ajo


Avant Tecno KTM rider takes twenty-fifth best time in qualifying session for the German Grand Prix, riding with an injured right wrist.

Niklas Ajo today continued one of his most difficult weekends so far this season. With a small fracture in his right wrist, the Avant Tecno KTM rider managed to lower his lap times in each session, qualifying twenty-fifth for the German GP with a 1:28.671 time. The position puts him on the ninth row of the grid.

The young Finn tried to focus on his work and put his injured right wrist to the back of his mind in the third free practice session of the weekend. The results were satisfactory, as in the initial part of the session he was in the top fifteen. At the end of the run he managed to reduce his time from Friday by over seven-tenths (1:28.914) and take 21st.

Despite continuous pain in his right wrist, the Avant Tecno KTM rider was able to improve constantly. A personal best lap of 1:28.671 on his fourteenth of eighteen times around the Sachsenring put Ajo on the ninth row of the grid.

Heading into tomorrow’s race (11:00am local time), Niklas Ajo will fight for a top fifteen finish  that he has achieved every time he has visited Germany in the World Championship.

Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:27.300
2. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:27.480 +0.180
3. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) 1:27.559 +0.259
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:27.579 +0.279
5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 1:27.599 +0.299
25. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:28.671 +1.371

Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”My wrist still hurts when I’m riding. I need to have injections for it to not hurt as much, but although at first the pain itself was less,  it intensified as the laps went on. I suffered a lot. I rode the best I could on the bike, and just tried to find the best feeling for the race tomorrow. I hope to complete it in the best possible position.”

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