Niklas Ajo equals best grid position of 2013


Avant Tecno KTM  rider to start from seventh at TT Assen –a third row placing.


Niklas Ajo will start from the third row of the grid for the TT Assen. The Avant Tecno KTM rider repeated his best qualifying performance of the season –seventh place at Austin– with a 1:44.330 lap this afternoon. In the morning and on a completely wet track, the young Finn suffered a scare that prevented him from undertaking the quantity of laps that he wanted in rainy conditions.

Despite a lack of rain, the Moto3 riders used wet tyres for the final practice in Assen. The session did not start well for the Avant Tecno KTM rider, who suffered a light crash on his third lap. Excellent work by his team brought him back on track by the end of the session for  four more flying laps –the best of them a 2:03:937.

In qualifying, Niklas Ajo used slicks and waited until the last run-out in order to ride in the 1’44s for the first time. He repeated the feat twice more, setting his best time of 1:44:330 on his final lap.

The only race on the calendar held on a Saturday, the TT Assen starts at 12pm local time.

Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) 1:43.588
2. Alex Marquez (KTM) 1:43.588
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:43.649 +0.061
4. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:43.671 +0.083
5. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:43.673 +0.085
7. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM)  1:44.330 +0.742

 Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”It was a good qualifying session. This morning it was a difficult practice session, cold and on a completely wet track, and I had a small crash on the opening laps. I was able to go back out, but the feeling was not ideal. Anyway, if it rains tomorrow in the race we must improve our setup in order to find the best feeling possible. However, I am confident that we can do well. In the dry, I’m very comfortable. I have been able to ride at a good pace by myself. I have been going step by step and feeling better with every lap. It took me until the end to set my best lap but I’m happy with it. In the end, a top ten is always good, because it’s enough to have a chance to get to the front.”