Husqvarna supported rider Niklas Ajo carried through his strong performance all weekend on the Catalunya/Barcelona circuit to finish eighth in Rd. 7 of the Moto3 World Championship. Sadly for the young Finn, a mistake in the final corner cost him a potential podium place.
While Alex Marquez was a decisive race winner, Ajo was a very active rider in the following group of eight riders who jockeyed throughout the race to claim the two other podium places. Ajo was very strong in the final laps and was constantly in the top three riders in the group. He looked set to take his first career podium.
The young Finn did admit that it had been his mistake in the last lap that had cost him the podium place, saying: “I pushed a little too hard and I went into the corner too fast so that the wheel slid out. But the whole weekend was very good and we were able to fight in the front group without having to ride on the limit until the final lap. I made a rookie mistake in the last lap because I wanted to get on the podium, but we have improved a lot.”
Ajo has been gaining in form and confidence as the season progresses and is now being mentioned as a rider to watch in the coming races.
The Catalunya GP was less successful for Husqvarna factory rider Danny Kent of Britain who finished in seventeenth place, 21 seconds off the winning pace. It was the first time this season that Kent did not finish in the points.
Danny Kent: The race didn’t go too badly. We were fighting for tenth place and I felt confident. But on the last five laps I lost a lot of grip on the rear.” Kent added that it was frustrating not to pick up any points.
Tires were always going to be an issue in the race as the circuit was still partly wet after heavy overnight rain. The choice of tires for all the riders except one was going to give them grip in the first half of the race, but then they had to contend with tire wear in the second half.
Team Boss Aki Ajo: “Niklas did okay and had quite an incredible weekend. The last lap was unlucky. I think he made a mistake because he wanted to be on the podium but he should be happy with his pace and with the confidence he has at the moment.
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