Satisfactory start for Niklas Ajo at The Cathedral


Avant Tecno KTM rider fourth fastest in opening practice session and twelfth in rain-affected second run.

Niklas Ajo had a very positive start on the first day of the TT Assen. The Avant Tecno KTM rider was very comfortable on the bike all day, with the fourth best time in the morning session and the twelfth best in the afternoon. Niklas Ajo saved his fresh tyres for tomorrow, after rain at end of the second session prevented him from trying out the new rubber.

Despite the low track temperature of around 17ºC, the Avant Tecno KTM rider felt comfortable with his bike and slotted into the top ten from the beginning of the first session. In the last run of the morning, the young rider was continually in the 1:45 range, achieving a best time of 1:45:281 –fourth quickest in FP1.

In the next 40 minutes of practice, Niklas Ajo continued his hard work. Amidst complicated conditions of intermittent rain and drizzle, the Avant Tecno KTM rider tested new setups for his KTM at the beginning of the session. As the laps went by, he continued to progress and improved upon his morning times with a 1:45:128.

Tomorrow Niklas Ajo will look to match his best position on the starting grid in the World Championship –fifth place. That was his result last year in qualifying for the TT Assen.

Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:43.511
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM)   1:44.038  +0.527
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM)   1:44.162  +0.651
4. Alex Rins (KTM)    1:44.210   +0.699
5. Alex Marquez (KTM)    1:44.372  +0.861
12. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM)  1:45.128 +1.617

Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”The first day went well. This morning I quickly found a good feeling with the bike. I’ve always liked this track, so I set good times quickly with used tyres and, ultimately, also with new tyres. In the afternoon I went back to the used rubber, in order to save the fresher stuff for tomorrow and Saturday. We rode many laps with these tyres and it went well, then we made a change –but, as it started to rain, we could not do anything. I’m happy overall with how things have gone. The speed is good on old tyres, so for the race with new tyres it will also be like that.”

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