Niklas Ajo to start from eighth row in Indianapolis


The Avant Tecno KTM rider achieves twenty-fourth best time in qualifying session for ninth round of the year.


Niklas Ajo will start the Indianapolis Grand Prix from the eighth row of the grid.  The Avant Tecno KTM rider, who improved on yesterday’s time in the last free practice session, was not been able to do likewise in qualifying.  With a best time of 1 minute, 49 seconds and 606 milliseconds, Niklas Ajo will take off from twenty-fourth place.

In the last free practice session of the Grand Prix, Niklas Ajo again lowered his times from yesterday. After dedicating the first minutes of the session to adjusting various aspects of his KTM’s setup, the Finnish rider pushed hard on the last stretch of the runout to cut half a second off his best lap from yesterday and to get himself to eleventh place in the session. His best time was a 1:49.314.

A few minutes later, the Avant Tecno KTM rider was unable to bring himself any closer to the position earned in the combined table for the free practice sessions –twelfth. After setting his best lap –1:49.606– on his eleventh time around, lack of grip reduced his confidence and prevented him from lowering his time any further in the five remaining laps that he had time to complete. His quickest lap gave him twenty-fourth place on the grid.

The weekend’s main course will be served up tomorrow with the ninth race of the year. Niklas Ajo will be trying to make up for the two previous editions of this Grand Prix in which he has participated, and finish in the points.

Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:47.392
2. Alex Márquez (KTM) 1:47.686  +0.294
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:47.869  +0.477
4. Efren Vazquez (Mahindra) 1:47.905  +0.513
5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 1:47.928  +0.536
24. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:49.606  +2.214

Niklas Ajo >> Audio (eng) >> Audio (fin)
”Today the day did not go well. In the morning I had a good feeling and everything was fine, but this afternoon I felt like I had no grip with the tyres. I was not comfortable and it was very difficult to ride as I would have liked. I hope to find a solution with my team in the warmup and be in contention for points in the race.”


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