Niklas Ajo contests the final race with a fifth row start


The Avant Tecno KTM rider placed fifteenth in qualifying after setting his fastest pace of the weekend with a time of 1:40.813.


Niklas Ajo set the fifteenth fastest time in qualifying after bettering his pace every session of the weekend. After contesting a qualifying session in which every millisecond counted in finding the best grid position, the Avant Tecno KTM rider will start from the fifth row of the grid in the last race of the season, the Grand Prix of Valencia.

The morning session brought similar conditions as those of the first free practice session, and Niklas Ajo dipped into lap times of 1:41.0 two times, almost half a second faster than the day prior. His best lap of 1:41.045 was reached on lap 12 of 18 to place him twelfth in the combined classification.

With less wind than yesterday’s practice saw, the Moto3 riders took to the Ricardo Tormo track to battle for the final grid positions of the season. Niklas Ajo completed 17 laps of the circuit and on his final lap, quickened his pace to put him fifteenth in the standings. With a time of 1 minute, 40 seconds and 813 milliseconds, the Finn secured a fifth row position for the race tomorrow.

Tomorrow at 11am, the Avant Tecno KTM rider will confront the last 24 laps of the 2013 season at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, a track that has seen him rank among the top ten at every visit.

Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:39.459
2. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:39.475 +0.016
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:39.744 +0.285
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:39.836 +0.377
5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 1:40.043 +0.584
15. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:40.813 +1.354

Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”Today wasn’t bad. We tried to improve this morning by making some changes to the bike. The results were satisfactory and I looked to be as consistent as possible when riding by myself. 15th is a decent position, although I think that I could have been higher up. This season we have started far back on other occasions, so we should be optimistic about tomorrow’s race. We have a good pace, so I’m not stressing.”


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