Niklas Ajo was again able to enjoy a top ten finish this Saturday at Assen. The Avant Tecno KTM rider made amends for the last round of the World Championship with a hard-fought tenth place at the TT Assen. This result places him twelfth overall in the Moto3 standings.
A strong start from Niklas Ajo allowed him to catch the leading group in the race. The Avant Tecno KTM rider slotted into ninth on the opening lap as he closed off a compact group of riders. As the laps went by, the Finn decided to run his own pace and ride alone. After ten laps he found himself amongst a new group, in which places in the top ten were at stake. In the end, the young rider placed tenth in a race won by Luis Salom.
With this tenth position, Niklas Ajo adds six points to his overall tally in the standings led by Salom. He has picked up 32 points so far and lies in twelfth place.
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 38:20.086
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.122
3. Alex Rins (KTM) +0.282
4. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +0.378
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) +0.416
10. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +34.823
Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 152 points
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 142 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 117 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 73 points
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 59 points
12. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 32 points
Niklas Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
”It was not the easiest day for me. Yesterday in the dry qualifying session we had a very good feeling. This morning’s warmup was wet, then the race was dry. Also, I was not feeling well when I woke up and this bothered me a bit during the race. I will not make any excuses, but it meant I was not so fast, because I felt a little tired. On the first five or six laps I was near the lead group but I saw that it was better to slow down the pace and fight for points. At the end of the race I wanted to fight with the group that I was in, but I was passed by Masbou and I lost a place on the last corner. Despite this, the weekend went very well and we have improved in the qualifying session for the last two Grands Prix. Although the result was not bad, I’m not entirely happy. The team did a great job this weekend and the development of the bike was good, but I think that I can do even better.”
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