Avant Tecno KTM rider undertakes first laps at Circuito de Jerez after playing safe with adverse weather conditions yesterday.
Niklas Ajo was on track this Wednesday for the first time at the second Official Test for the Moto3 riders, held at the Circuito de Jerez. Ajo had skipped Day 1 due to intense rain and strong winds, deciding to wait for better conditions. The Avant Tecno KTM rider made up for lost time, clocking 40 laps of the Spanish track and acheiving a best time of 1’50.140.
He went out on track at 1pm local time, having waited for the sun to dry out the damp patches left from yesterday. In the remaining 40 minutes of the session, Ajo undertook 12 laps and had a best time of 1’50.685.
In the afternoon he rode from the first minute onwards, in a session set aside for the Moto3 riders. He improved his best lap by half a second. In the final runout, the Finn added another 12 laps, ending the day with a fastest time of 1’50.572.
“I took things calmly today, because my knee was a little sorer here in Jerez. It’s tougher to ride here, because you need to use your legs more, and I couldn’t ride at my best. We focused on finding a good setup for the bike and getting a good feeling. Obviously the times can be improved, but we aren’t focusing on that at the moment because I am only 80% on some corners and working around the knee pain. It’s better to take things step-by-step.”
Niklas Ajo will try out further settings for his KTM tomorrow, in the third and final day of the Jerez test.
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:46.805
2. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:46.881 +0.006
3. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:47.109 +0.304
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:47.719 +0.914
5. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) 1:47.958 +1.153
30. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:50.140 +3.335