Niklas Ajo has created a well-prepared tactic starting from the first corners, which with he aims to make his way up to world championship points on Sunday when season´s 13th Moto3 GP is held on the circuit of Aragon in Spain.
“The start practices on Saturday went so well that I can be fairly confident what it comes to the start of the race no matter what the weather will be in unsteady Aragon. Also we have good settings for both dry and wet circuit”, Ajo explains.
18-year-old Ajo definitely needs to concentrate on having a good start and strong acceleration with his KTM bike as he starts from 20th place of the grid.
“I have had mainly good starts during the season. There is also a possibility to pass others on a long back straight”, Ajo plans.
On Friday´s wet free practice session Ajo was seventh and on Saturday´s similar conditions eight. For the qualifying session the 5 kilometres long track became significantly drier.
“But not that much that I should have gone there straight away with slick tyres. I made three laps first with wet tires thinking that I should get at least some kind of time because at that time there were really dark clouds on the sky.”
The circumstances were difficult and demanding throughout the session but the rain didn´t come after all.
I went in to change slick tires but I needed to be really careful all the time as there were still damp spots on the track. After that I was pretty much alone on the track. Of course slipstream from other riders would have helped as it´s so important on this track. Well, I´ll get that on Sunday´s race”, Ajo says.
Ajo´s fastest lap was 2.03,888 and he will start from the seventh row. He left behind him 15 riders and was 2,173 seconds from the pole.
The pole position was taken by Ajo Motorsport´s ex pilot Jonas Folger, who trained with Ajo this summer in Finland. The pole was German´s first of his career.
GRAN PREMIO IVECO DE ARAGÓN
Moto3 Qualifying Practice Classification:
1. Jonas Folger Germany, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM 2.01,715
2. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 0,152
3. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,326
4. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 0,487
5. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,521
6. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda + 0,647
7. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 0,672
8. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 0,746
9. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 0,856
10. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 1,048
11. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 1,261
12. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Andalucia JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 1,297
13. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 1,366
14. Alessandro Tonucci Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 1,575
15. Juan Francisco Guevara Spain, Wild Wolf BST, FTR Honda + 1,697
16. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 1,699
20. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 2,173