The Moto3 World Championship returns to action this weekend with the ninth round of the year, the Indianapolis Grand Prix. This will be the second event of the season in the United States for the lowest cylinder category, and Niklas Ajo will try to repeat his performance from the last visit to this country, in Austin. Fourteenth in the overall standings with 32 points, the young Avant Tecno KTM rider is only 8 points away from equalling his total for the 2012 season.
Satisfied with the first half of the campaign, Niklas has been training hard in many different disciplines this summer because the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a tricky circuit for the young Finn over the past two years. In the last round held on US soil, in Austin, Texas, the Avant Tecno KTM rider was up at the front during the race before eventually fighting for the podium.
Ending the four week break, on Friday the Indianapolis Motor Speedway —the oldest venue on the calendar (inaugurated in 1909)— will host the first free practice for the Grand Prix, which will take place on Sunday. Barring the most recent race at Sachsenring (Germany), where he rode with an injured wrist, Niklas Ajo has scored points in every race that he has finished.
Circuit information – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Length: 4.216 m / 2.620 miles
Width: 16 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 6
Longest straight: 872 m / 0.542 miles
”This has been a summer break of intense training sessions, with two sessions per day. I’ve used these days to do all kinds of sports, like cycling, supermoto and running. I have been waiting to climb on the KTM again. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a little different to other tracks. It has three different asphalts and the grip is not the best. The track is completely flat. It is not one of my favourite tracks, but I will try to change that this weekend. If I had to pick a best sector, it would be the first, which is quite tricky and slow. The main goal for this weekend is to try to get back on form and place in the top 10 from the first free practice onwards.”