Niklas Ajo made his best performance of the season today when he finished eight at the season´s seventh Moto3 GP at Assen, Netherlands. At the same time Ajo equalled the best result of his 22 GPs career. He was also eight last year in Valencia in the historical 125 cc class´s final GP ever.
“But this result is really something else”, Ajo rejoiced, “In Valencia I was about a minute from the front but here at Assen only less than eight seconds.”
”Good experience after
competing at the front group”
Ajo had a great start with his KTM bike from the fifth place of the grid and was third in first corner. He managed to be second for a while during the thriller race until the leading group of five riders started to pull away from others.
“I had a good start likewise the 5-6 first laps. In the half away of the race few guys passed me and I lost my concentration for a while. But I managed to pull myself together again and pushed harder towards the end. All in all it was quite a battle. I can´t say anything else but this Moto3 really is unbelievably equal class.”
Cool-headed performance in big and crowded front group made the 17-year-old youngster smile.
“It was nice to be part of that group. It was once again extremely good experience for the future.”
”Try to keep the same level
in Germany and in Italy”
Ajo´s three-day work at the legendary Dutch circuit went really well starting already from the practices. Session after session he managed to get closer to the top group.
“It was consistent and good weekend without crashes but we have to remember that there are now two races in a row, in Germany and in Italy. We will try to keep this same level also at Sachsenring and at Mugello”, plans Ajo who is heading back to Finland most likely only after middle July.
Ajo had nothing but good things to say about his KTM bike and its new frame.
“The bike was really good. I like this more rigid frame. It suits better for my riding style.”
Spanish Maverick Vinales took the win of the thriller thanks to keeping his head cool during the last lap. The victory was Vinales´s fourth of the season and third in a row. He bet Finnish team Ajo Motorsport´s German rider Sandro Cortese by 0,831 seconds. Cortese´s teammate Brit Danny Kent was in lead when the eventful final lap started but finished third celebrating the first podium position of his career.
The battle behind the winner was so tight that a photo analysis was required to decide the positions between Cortese, Kent and Spanish Luis Salom. Kent was 0,011 seconds from Cortese and Salom who finished fourth was in the end only one thousandth of second from Kent.
Ajo finished in the 22 laps race 7,855 seconds from the winner. The Finn was only 38 thousandth of seconds from the seventh place. After his win Vinales increased his championship lead to seven points over Cortese. Ajo has 14 World Championship points, which allow him to 19th place.
IVECO TT ASSEN
Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda 38.45,432
2. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,831
3. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,842
4. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 0,843
5. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 1,352
6. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 5,033
7. Alexis Masbou France, Caretta Technology, + 7,817
8. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 7,855
9. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK Laglisse, FTR Honda + 8,037
10. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 8,243
11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 8,378
12. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 8,559
13. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 12,133
14. Toni Finsterbusch Germany, Cresto Guide MZ Racing, Honda + 12,358
15. Hector Faubel Spain, Bankia Aspar Team, Kalex KTM + 12,533
16. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 12,654
World Championship Standing:
1. Vinales 130
2. Cortese 123
3. Salom 88
4. Fenati 65
5. Rossi 56
6. Rins 54
7. Masbou 51
8. Khairuddin 49
9. Kent 42
10. Oliveira 39
11. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, FTR Honda 38
12. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Kalex KTM 36
13. Sissis 31
14. Vazquez 29
15. Hector Faubel Spain, Kalex KTM 29
19. Ajo 14
Next GP: 8th of July Sachsenring, Germany.