Niklas Ajo made his way up to the world championship points at season´s ninth GP in Mugello, Italy. Finn who started from 28th place crossed the finish line after an impressive battle in 11th.
“That 11th place was like a victory for me because it was such a tight fight in a big group. Riders who finished in 11th-18th places were all 0,8 seconds apart”, said Ajo who had every reasons to be pleased with his performance.
Despite a strong performance Ajo wasn´t completely satisfied.
“I could have had a better start. Sissis (Arthur) who started next to me made his way up to tenth in the beginning. I had a good race pace but there is no reason for ifs and buts I don´t even want to think what the result might have been if I had a better starting place.”
Despite a good result the Italian GP weekend was difficult for Ajo.
“The race went just fine but I still couldn´t find the best possible feeling for riding.”
The team tried different kind of settings on Ajo´s KTM bike in morning´s warm up but the outcome wasn´t as wanted.
“In the race I had pretty much new settings which were made by changing the ankle of the front part. We tried the same earlier but now there wasn´t that bad vibration problem.”
The Moto3 thriller at the Mugello circuit was won by Spanish pole man Maverick Vinales, who crossed the finish line barely before Italian Romano Fenati and German Sandro Cortese. Vinales bet Fenati in the tough battle on the finish line by only 0,020 seconds. Cortese was 51 thousandth of second from Fenati.
Cortese leads now the championship by nine points over Vinales. Ajo is 18th with 21 points and has now two points more than he had last season all together.
Summer job, driving school
and supermoto in Spain
Moto3 riders have now more than a month summer break. The next GP is 19th of August at Indianapolis circuit in USA.
Ajo, who turned 18 years old on Tuesday, has everything planned for his holiday.
“Next week I will have a summer job from Tuesday to Sunday when I will make hamburgers in a service station near my home town in Finland. After that I will concentrate on having a car driving licence.”
The bikes are not totally forgotten during the break.
“At some stage I will go to Spain for a week to ride a supermoto-bike.”
GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA TIM
Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda 39.57,374
2. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 0,020
3. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,071
4. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 5,788
5. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 5,836
6. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK Laglisse, FTR Honda + 5,860
7. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 5,906
8. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 18,195
9. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 19,232
10. Hector Faubel Spain, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 19,308
11. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 35,855
12. Alexis Masbou France, Caretta Technology, Honda + 35,872
13. Adrian Martin Spain, JHK Laglisse, FTR Honda + 36,175
14. Kevin Calia Italy, Elle 2 Ciatti, Honda + 36,195
15. Michael Ruben Rinaldi Italy, Racing Team Gabrielli, Honda + 36,270
World Championship standing:
1. Cortese 164
2. Vinales 155
3. Luis Salom Spain, Kalex KTM 104
4. Fenati 85
5. Masbou 75
6. Khairuddin 66
7. Rins 63
8. Louis Rossi France, FTR Honda 56
9. Antonelli 55
10. Kent 53
11. Vazquez 50
12. Faubel 44
13. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Suter Honda 39
14. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo 38
15. Alberto Moncayo Spain, 36
18. Ajo 21
Next GP: 19th of August Indianapolis, USA