150 podiums for Ajo Motorsport in the World Championship27/09/2017
With Miguel Oliveira’s third place at MotorLand Aragon, the Finnish team achieved the milestone of 150 podiums in Grand Prix racing.
Few teams have 150 podiums to their name in the World Championship. Ajo Motorsport joined this elite group this past Sunday, when Miguel Oliveira crossed the line third at the Aragon GP. The rostrums for the Finnish structure led by Aki Ajo began two years after their first appearance in 2001 as a wildcard team with Mika Kallio as their rider, when in 2003 they enjoyed an unforgettable Australian GP: Riders Andrea Ballerini and Masao Azuma both placed on the rostrum, with the former winning the race.
Ajo Motorsport have participated in 125cc, Moto3 and Moto2, and been on the podium in all three of these classes. These rostrums have made them one of the most prolific structures in the lower and intermediate categories, and of the 150 podiums, some 65 have been as a result of victories.
2015 was the year in which Ajo Motorsport achieved the most podiums to date, with 27. In terms of riders, Johann Zarco has been the biggest contributor, with 35 podiums in his three seasons with the team. Besides individual race honours, the team’s riders have won 6 World Championships and been overall runners-up on 3 occasions. 2016 was the best campaign for the structure overall, as they won both the Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships.
Under the Red Bull KTM Ajo name in the current Moto3 and Moto2 classes, the team have a total of 76 podiums, 33 -43%- of which have been wins.
Now the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 and Moto3 lineup will try to keep increasing this number at the 4 remaining GPs of the 2017 season.