The Avant Tecno rider will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Aragon from twenty-sixth position after a rough weekend.
Niklas Ajo qualified with a best time of 2:01.607 at Motorland Aragon this afternoon, placing him on the ninth row of the starting grid for tomorrow’s race. Although this was not his expected result, the Avant Tecno KTM rider has refused to throw in the towel and expects to improve in tomorrow’s warm up session and then make comeback in what he hopes will amount to a great race.
Although many riders chose not to take advantage of the final free practice, Niklas Ajo set out in the session on rain tyres to complete the most laps of all the riders in the Moto3 class. With wet tarmac in some areas and dry in others, the challenging conditions in the forty minute round required the Avant Tecno KTM rider to focus and work hard. The efforts paid off, and Niklas Ajo ended the session with a 2:11.738, the seventh fastest time of the session.
Qualifying began with the tarmac completely dry, changing the set up and riding requirements, thus Niklas Ajo found himself not entirely comfortable with his own riding. However, in just his second trip out of the box, he significantly lowered his best time from the previous day. The Avant Tecno KTM rider continued to progress and on his final lap, set a best time of 2:01.607 time, placing him on the ninth row.
Niklas Ajo aims to put himself in the points in tomorrow’s race, just as he did in his last outing at the Motorland Aragon circuit.
Results (Qualifying practice
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:58.571
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:59.263 +0.702
3. Alex Marquez (KTM) 1:59.282 +0.711
4. Philipp Oettl (Kalex KTM) 1:59.906 +1.335
5. Efren Vazquez (Mahindra) 1:59.932 +1.361
26. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 2:01.607 +3.036
Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”It’s a bad grid position and there is little else I can say. This morning, the weather wasn’t a problem, in fact I like and usually go fast with these kinds of weather conditions. However, in the dry we are too slow, so we need to find a solution for this in the morning warmup. I tried to make the best of it, but I’m not comfortable with my own riding. Tomorrow I will try to do my best, to overtake as many riders at the start and see what happens.”
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