Niklas Ajo’s latest challenge, the San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix, began today at the Misano Marco Simoncelli Circuit. At one of the tracks least suited to his riding style, the Avant Tecno KTM rider was satisfied with his first day of work on Friday. His best time was a 1:45.068 lap –which placed him nineteenth on the combined timesheet.
Helpful conditions of 21ºC temperature and sunshine allowed the Moto3 riders the chance to ride without issues early on. Niklas Ajo was ready to use this to his advantage and find a comfortable feeling at Misano. The Avant Tecno KTM man put in 18 laps in the morning session, clocking a best lap of 1:46.224 and placing 24th.
In the afternoon he continued to adapt. Ajo set a solid pace on his final run and it was then that he produced his fastest lap of the day: 1:45.068. That put him 18th in the session and 19th overall, with a one-second improvement from the morning.
Qualifying for the Moto3 San Marino GP takes place from 12:35pm on Saturday.
Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:43.457
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:43.740 +0.283
3. Alex Marquez (KTM) 1:43.826 +0.369
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:44.223 +0.766
5. Brad Binder (Mahindra) 1:44.263 +0.806
19. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:45.068 +1.611
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”It was a bit of a tough day, as this circuit is very difficult for me and doesn’t suit my riding style at all. However, it wasn’t an entirely negative day, because we were able to put in a good lap on used tyres. It was just a shame that, in the final minutes of the session, I was unable to push hard with new rubber. I have to perfect my riding, above all on the first and last sectors –which both have slow corners. I don’t feel comfortable on this kind of track, due to my riding style. Despite this, it wasn’t a bad day for us. We will try to improve things by making some small adjustments, which we hope will have big results in qualifying.”