Niklas Ajo fights back for ninth in Qatar


Avant Tecno KTM rider takes first seven points of the season, after recovering seven places.


Niklas Ajo had an impressive race tonight at the Losail International Circuit in the first Grand Prix of the year.  Starting from sixteenth place of the grid, after 18 laps the youngster from the Avant Tecno KTM team crossed the finish line in ninth place. With this result, Niklas Ajo takes the first seven points of his tally for the season

An excellent start was made by Niklas Ajo in Losail. After starting from the sixth row of the grid, he crossed line after the first lap in ninth place. That would be the position for which he fought throughout the race, leading a group of four riders. With an intense pace and consistency in his times, the Avant Tecno KTM rider held his place and finished the race in ninth place -29 seconds behind the winner of the contest, Luis Salom.

The second race of the year will take place on April 21th at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin. This will be the first of two visits by the Moto3 World Championship to the United States.

Results (Race)
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 38:26.859
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.417
3. Alex Rins (KTM) +0.423
4. Alex Marquez (KTM) +0.701
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex-KTM) +0.916
9. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +28.966

Niklas Ajo >> Audio // Audio (Finnish)
”The race was not too bad. In the end, the position in the standings was not as good as expected, though. I have to work better in the early stages of the races, because if not I finish with very worn tyres. For example, today this made me lose time on the final laps and I slipped away from the front group. However, I am very happy to reach the goal of finishing in the top ten. Now we have to keep working and think about the next race in Austin.”

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