Niklas Ajo eyes continuation of strong form at final round of 2013


Avant Tecno KTM rider heads to Valencian GP on run of two top ten finishes and fourteenth in the overall standings.


This Sunday in Valencia, the Moto3 World Championship season ends a journey which began way back on April 7th in Qatar. 16 Grands Prix later, Niklas Ajo lies fourteenth in the overall standings with 62 points, and is in his best form of the year. After claiming ninth at the Australian GP and eighth in Japan, the Avant Tecno KTM rider has his sights set on a third consecutive top ten finish at a track which holds some good memories for him.

The 4km Ricardo Tormo circuit is one of the tracks at which the Moto3 riders have undertaken the most laps, due to its presence on the preseason testing calendar.  On his previous visits to Valencia, Niklas Ajo has always placed inside the top ten; he was ninth in the 2012 race and eighth in 2011. Both times he made fightbacks through the field to do so, and this weekend a similar position would enable him to claim his best run of results in the World Championship to date.

The Avant Tecno KTM rider arrives at the final round of the series with 62 points, 6 behind tenth-placed Jakub Kornfeil. The Finn will begin work with his KTM machine on Friday, at a Grand Prix which follows the traditional European schedule of an 11am race on Sunday.

Circuit information – Ricardo Tormo
Length: 4.005 m / 2.489 miles
Width: 12 metres
Left corners: 9
Right corners: 5
Longest straight: 876 m / 0.544 miles
Constructed: 1999

Niklas Ajo,
”I can’t wait for this final race of the season. The first big goal at Valencia will be to improve my times and go as fast as I can, riding by myself. That will be very important to my race preparations. I think that we have found a good way of working at the past few races and we are closer to the leading group than before. The next step will be to get into that top group for the entire race, and it is for this that I will have to work hard. The Ricardo Tormo circuit is a track that I like, and where I have done many laps. Last year they resurfaced it and it changed a little. I have good memories of there, because in 2011 and 2012 I finished in the top 10.”