Niklas Ajo finds good early pace at Le Mans


Avant Tecno KTM rider has positive first day of the French Grand Prix, taking the sixth fastest time in each of the two practice sessions.


Avant Tecno KTM rider Niklas Ajo achieved his first objective of the weekend today: finding a strong early pace at Le Mans. The weather was good for the Moto3 practice sessions and rain only fell at the end of the second practice session. Niklas Ajo made the most of these conditions to clinch the sixth best time in the combined classification for today.

Low temperatures early in the morning -8ºC atmospheric and 11ºC on track- and the threat of rain forced Niklas Ajo to approach the start of the fourth event of the year with caution. The Avant Tecno KTM rider sought to improve his best lap time steadily and it was on the last of his 16 times around the circuit that he clocked the sixth quickest time: 1’46.442.

He earnt the same position in the second and final session of the day. The young Finn continued to lower his times and showed a consistent pace, besting his morning lap by 1.300. He was the sixth fastest on the combined timesheets and called his day to an end when a rainshower appeared with seven minutes remaining.

The starting grid for Sunday’s race will be decided tomorrow at 12.35 pm, local time, in qualifying at Le Mans.

Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:44.147
2. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:44.153 +0.006
3. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:44.678 +0.531
4. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:44.823 +0.676
5. Danny Webb (Suter Honda) 1:45.073 +0.926
6. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:45.142 +0.995

Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”The first day went well. In the first session, the track was cold and we all started with a little caution. However, in the second session there was improved grip and the feel of the bike was very good. I am happy and am already planning to continue the same line of work tomorrow. Physically I’m fine to ride, but I cannot force things much when running or walking.”

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