Niklas Ajo didn´t let the fracture in his left metatarsus to bother him too much on hot Sepang circuit in season´s 15th Moto3 GP.
Ajo made a fantastic start from 16th place with his black KTM-bike and immediately improved his position by six. 18-year-old Finn crossed the finish line ninth. The result was his second best of the season, which includes still two more GPs.
“Good fight and good result”, Ajo says, “Of course I am bit annoyed that I crashed and hurt my foot on Saturday because if I was in perfect condition I would have had possibilities for better results. The feeling for riding was so good.”
Ajo´s foot was anesthetized for the race although the last laps on 5,5 kilometres long track were really painful.
“I needed to work hard with my left foot and it started to be really painful around half way of the race. So also in that sense the last ten laps were really demanding. But I decided to fight and get to the finish line no matter what.
Ajo had a tough fight in a big group in which everyone tried to be in top ten.
“We were really battling hard with each others and the front group managed to escape from us. I tried to get away from this big group but it didn´t work out on this track”, Ajo refers to the circuit which includes only two long straights.
The hectic autumn period of MotoGP-series ends next Sunday in Australia. The third consecutive GP weekend is held on a fast but often windy Phillip Island circuit.
“I will just try to relax and heal my foot during the next few days. It can´t get any worse when we head to Australia”, Ajo estimates.
Ajo Motorsport´s German KTM rider Sandro Cortese secured the historical Moto3 championship by winning in Malaysia. The victory was Cortese´s fourth of the season.
The Finnish team lead by Aki Ajo took a double victory from the race as the pole man Zulfahmi Khairuddin reached the podium for the first time in his career after crossing the finish line in front of his home crowd.28 thousandth of seconds after Cortese.
“The championship was won by exactly the right man. Sandro is having a great and consistent season. Pretty much a perfect performance including this victory from Sepang”, Ajo praised the world champion.
MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX
Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 40.54,123
2. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 0,028
3. Jonas Folger Germany, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 0,247
4. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 8,503
5. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 8,674
6. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 9,335
7. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 18,973
8. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 25,419
9. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 30,714
10. Adrian Martin Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 30,763
11. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 30,886
12. Brad Binder South Africa, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 31,019
13. Jack Miller Australia, Caretta Technology, Honda + 31,225
14. Alex Marquez Spain, Ambrogio Next Racing, Suter Honda + 31,313
15. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 31,649
World Championship Standing:
1. Cortese 280
2. Salom 207
3. Maverick Vinales Spain, FTR Honda 199
4. Rins 128
5. Romano Fenati, Italy, FTR Honda 126
6. Kent 118
7. Khairuddin 112
8. Oliveira 94
9. Folger 88
10. Vazquez 85
11. Alexis Masbou France, Honda 81
12. Louis Rossi France, FTR Honda 76
13. Antonelli 74
14. Sissis 68
15. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, FTR Honda 59
19. Ajo 33
Next GP: 28th of October Phillip Island, Australia.