Jerez opens European stint for Husqvarna riders30/04/2014
Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo head to fourth round of the year aiming to continue with development from last race.
With no time to rest after last Sunday’s race in Argentina, the Husqvarna riders go back across the Atlantic to begin a series of European rounds in the Moto3 World Championship. The first of these races take place this weekend at Jerez -the first of four Spanish rounds on this year’s calendar. Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo arrive at the Spanish GP fresh from a Top 10 double, in Husqvarna’s best combined result of the season so far. With this step forward, the pair hope to keep up with the leading group throughout the weekend.
Danny Kent is optimistic after two consecutive Top 10 finishes and, most of all, a front row in qualifying in Argentina. Besides this and his strong form in the first half of the South American round, he will be helped by his good performance in preseason testing at Jerez -where he was always amongst the fastest riders. The Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider already knows what it is like to place high up the order at the track, having taken fourth place there in his rookie season in 2011. The Briton is currently experiencing his best start to a World Championship season, with 18 points to his name.
Niklas Ajo improved his results for a third time this season in Argentina, besting his position on the grid -seventh- as well as his race placing -eighth. Jerez is the ideal venue at which to continue this run, as the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider finished sixth at last season’s Spanish GP.
This fourth Grand Prix of the year will begin on Friday with the first two practice sessions. The race will take place at 11:00am on Sunday.
Circuit information – Jerez
Length: 4.423 m / 2.748 miles
Width: 11 metres
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 607 m / 0.377 miles
Danny Kent – Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo
“Jerez is a track at which most riders have many years of experience. We know the circuit very well. Preseason testing there was good, and at Argentina last weekend we took on a major step forward in getting onto the front row. We hope to take another step forward and fight for the podium. This is a track that I like.”
Niklas Ajo – Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo
“At Jerez we had some good tests and results in preseason, so on Friday we will start off with an initial setup that has already been tried out. In Argentina we had a good race, so we must continue with the same pace, follow the same working method and try to be in the leading group throughout the race. This should be the main focus of the weekend. It’s a track I really like, so we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully I will get a good qualifying time and can enjoy an interesting race.”