Step forward for Niklas Ajo at Silverstone


Avant Tecno KTM rider recovers good feelings on first day of British GP, clocking twelfth fastest time.


Niklas Ajo started round eleven of the Moto3 World Championship with twelfth place on Friday at Silverstone. The Avant Tecno KTM rider was looking to put last week’s race at Brno behind him, and that is just what he did on the opening day of the British GP. From the opening session, Niklas Ajo felt comfortable on the track and was able to clock his best time of 2:16.734  in the afternoon.

Track temperatures of 19ºC and cloudy skies did not make the morning session an easy one –not least when light rain fell with nine minutes remaining. However, Niklas Ajo was able to put himself into the top five in the opening moments. In the end, his time of 2:18.950 was the fifteenth quickest of the session.

In the 40-minute afternoon session, changes to his bike setup bore fruit for the Avant Tecno KTM rider and he set his best lap of 2:16.734 on his first lap of his second stint. His only regret was not having been able to lower his time further on his final three laps.

The Finn will tomorrow try to improve upon his sixth row qualifying position from last year’s British GP.

Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 2:14.615
2. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) 2:14.853   +0.238
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 2:14.886   +0.271
4. Luis Salom (KTM) 2:15.002   +0.387
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 2:15.155   +0.540
12. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 2:16.734  +2.119


Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”The day did not go badly, but I’m a little disappointed because at the end of the second session I could not improve my time riding by myself. The difference between my times and those of the top riders is still large, so for tomorrow we need to focus on cutting the the gap. I am very comfortable at this circuit compared to Brno, and we have no trouble with chatter. Overall, I felt much better in the second practice session —and that brought my times down by a lot. The goal for tomorrow is to improve the lap times again and  see how the other riders approach the track —in order to see how I can improve. We will also see if tomorrow I feel a little better, as today I felt a little poorly.”


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