Niklas Ajo crashed on the second lap of Moto3 qualifying session and has to settle for ninth row of the gravel at the second GP of the season held in Jerez, Spain. After an eventful session Ajo qualified 27th with a time of 2.01,702.
– The rear end swang out from under me but I don´t understand what really happened. The end of the curve was already dry and I went there just like I did when it was wet without pushing or leaning too much. Strange situation. We will investigate that with the team but what happened, happened and these things unfortunately just happen, Ajo said.
The most important thing was that the Finn didn´t hurt himself during the bad looking crash, or at least almost didn´t.
– I did really feel the crash on my bottom and skin left from my little finger. But those things don´t harm my race on Sunday, 1convinced the 7 year old Finn who competes with the KTM factory bike.
Busy schedule forced to go
to dry track with wet tyres
Ajo´s finger needed a little treatment before he was able to return to the track with a rush to ride seven laps.
– The track was almost dry at the end of the session and many other riders had changed slick-tyres. But I needed to continue with wet tyres because we simply didn´t have time to change settings for the bike.
– With those tyres on dry track it pretty much was possible to ride just one lap until they started to slip. Well, luckily I managed to have quite equal lap times with the other riders who were there with similar tyres, Ajo sighs.
Three weeks ago Ajo started from the fifth place for the season´s opening GP in Qatar. Then he was chased but now he is a chaser.
– Of course this qualifying bugs me but I will just fight on Sunday no matter what the weather will be like. It´s certainly possible to improve my position if I get a good start.
Saturday was a good day for the home crowd in Jerez because Spanish riders took pole positions in all the three classes.
World champions, MotoGP class´s Jorge Lorenzo and Moto2 class´s Marc Marquez are well known but Moto3 class got a new pole man when Alex Rins managed to keep Ajo Motorsport´s German rider Sandro Cortese behind him with only 12 thousandth of seconds during the thrilling last moments of the qualifying.
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Moto3 Qualifying Practice Classification 2012
1. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda 1.57,507
2. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,012
3. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 0,456
4. Alexis Masbou France, Caretta Technology, Honda + 0,794
5. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 0,931
6. Jack Miller Australia, Caretta Technology, Honda + 1,286
7. Isaac Vinales Spain, Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 1,404
8. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 1,516
9. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda + 1,594
10. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 1,648
11. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK T-Shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 1,691
12. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 1,943
13. Alex Marquez Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 1,993
14. Adrian Martin Spain, JHK T-Shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 2,222
15. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 2,352
27. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 4,195
28. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 4,245