Husqvarna riders finish amongst the top seven


The Husqvarna riders completed three positive days of testing at Jerez on Thursday. Satisfied with the progress made over the trio of days, Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo occupied the upper spots on the combined classification for the visit to Southern Spain. The Briton was fifth fastest after not having been able to improve his times today, whilst the Finn was fourth today and seventh overall.
The Husqvarna riders were almost spectators in the first session on Thursday, as only Danny Kent dared to go out and put in five laps on cold asphalt after fog had lifted. In the next hour, however, Kent and Ajo were hard at work in a continuation of yesterday. Despite not being able to improve their times from yesterday, both put in fifteen laps that set them up for the final session of the afternoon.
In that run, the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider set his fastest lap of the week, with the fourth best of the session: 1:46.658. The lap rounded off a positive week in Jerez. Meanwhile, Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo’s Danny Kent closed the week with 25 laps and a time of 1:47.367 – shy of his Wednesday best.
After debuting the new Husqvarna Moto3 bike, Kent and Ajo have a fortnight off before the start of the final preseason test, also at Jerez, between 11th and 13th March.

Niklas Ajo – Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo
”It’s not about lap times, although I’m happy with my best times anyway. It is not the aim of our work yet, so doesn’t matter so much. There are many guys who have similar lap times, everyone is very close. I’m very happy with the work we’ve done with my team here, it was a very good test for us. We found a very good setting for the bike and also we could improve a lot with my riding. There were no crashes and no mistakes, so it was very positive test, we just have to continue with the same work for the next test, keep going at the same rate, and it will be alright.”

Danny Kent – Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo
”It’s not been too bad; there have been ups and downs but I rode all three days, so we can leave quite happy. There are a few things we need to improve on. Now we can go back and work hard on my fitness, train and prepare for the next test. I’m quite happy, but we need to work on a few things –mainly myself. We are quite far from the fastest lap time, but we are just preparing ourselves in our own way for Qatar.”

Combined Standings – Day 3
1. Jack Miller (KTM) 1:46.046
2. Jakub Kornfeil (KTM) 1:46.256 +0.210
3. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 1:46.452 +0.406
4. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) 1:46.658 +0.612
5. Karel Hanika (KTM) 1:46.796 +0.750
8. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) 1:46.954 +0.908

Combined Standings – Day 1/2/3
1. Jack Miller (KTM) 1:46.046
2. Jakub Kornfeil (KTM) 1:46.256 +0.210
3. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) 1:46.452 +0.406
4. Karel Hanika (KTM) 1:46.645 +0.599
5. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) 1:46.646 +0.600
7. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) 1:46.658 +0.612