Misfortune strikes for Niklas Ajo at Le Mans


Avant Tecno KTM rider crashes close to end of French GP, attempting to avoid another rider’s accident.


The 2013 French Grand Prix did not end in the way that Niklas Ajo had hoped. The Finn suffered a crash towards the end of the race when unable to avoid a faller ahead of him. The Avant Tecno KTM rider had been performing well before the incident, leading a group fighting for seventh.

Getting a good start from ninth on the grid, Niklas Ajo moved up two places on the opening corners. On a damp track in a race declared dry, the Avant Tecno KTM rider rode prudently in the early going. Always amongst the top ten, he spent a long spell at the head of a group battling for seventh place, before an attempt to avoid a fallen rider on lap 20 ended with a crash for the young Finn.

After four races, Niklas Ajo is currently twelfth in the overall standings, with 18 points.

Results (Race)
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 42:05.448
2. Alex Rins (KTM) +1.264
3. Luis Salom (KTM) +1.387
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) +14.593
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) +37.949
DNF – Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM)

Moto3 World Championship
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 90 points
2. Luis Salom (KTM) 77 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 61 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 53 points
5. Brad Binder (Suter Honda) 32 points
12. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 18 points

 Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English)Audio (Finnish)
”I’m ok, I didn’t hurt myself, but I was really unlucky in the race. I was riding well, alongside Fahmi [Zulfahmi Khairuddin], but he had a crash right in front of me and I could do nothing to avoid him whilst staying on track. I clipped the grass, which was as slippery as ice, and I crashed too. The weekend had been going well and we had to decide the best setup at the start of the race. Maybe we went too soft, but it is difficult to choose when on the grid and it wasn’t the easiest of races. I am happy with the team’s work; they made a lot of effort and we felt good. I’m not worried, although the result isn’t very good for the championship.”


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