Niklas Ajo has to settle for a tenth row starting place on Sunday in Moto3 class´s GP in Italy. Ajo´s fastest lap at Mugello was 2.01,310, which gave him 28th place of the grid.
“If I am honest and say things straight, this day was quite a bad one. But we won´t give up. The most important thing, the race, is still ahead of us”, says Ajo.
Possibilities for better results do exist since Ajo´s lap time at Saturday morning´s practice session was nine tenth of a seconds faster than his time in qualifying.
“We changed the front part of the bike and it turned out to be a wrong solution.”
Ajo, together with his team, considered and wondered for a long on Saturday what kind of changes should be done for the KTM bike for the race.
“We´ll see. It´s hard to say anything yet so Sunday morning´s warm up will play an important role.”
At his best Ajo was 1,4 seconds from the fastest rider in the practice session. In the qualifying the difference grew to 3,3 seconds on the 5,2 kilometres long track.
“It has been a difficult weekend so far. We have tried all kind of things but just haven´t been able to find right settings. My feeling for the bike or for the riding haven´t been at the same level as they were during the two previous GP weekends.
“It is difficult when the co-operation between the bike and the rider doesn´t work. Nevertheless, there most likely has been something wrong with the rider as well. We have to remember that the Mugello circuit is really demanding. I consider it as one of the most difficult ones of the series”, says Ajo.
Spanish Maverick Vinales claimed the season´s ninth pole position with a time of 1.57,980. Second place was taken by championship leader German Sandro Cortese, who was 0,421 seconds from Vinales.
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Moto3 Qualifying Practice Classification:
1. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda 1.57,980
2. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,421
3. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 0,841
4. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK Laglisse, FTR Honda + 0,860
5. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 1,109
6. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 1,381
7. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 1,411
8. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda 1,485
9. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 1,493
10. Hector Faubel Spain, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 1,593
11. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 1,700
12. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 1,718
13. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 1,797
14. Alan Techer France, Technomag-CIP-TSR, TSR Honda + 1,898
15. Kevin Calia Italy, Elle 2 Ciatti, Honda + 1,975
28. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 3,330
29. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo , KTM + 3,337