Dominique Aegerter dedicated Sunday's debut Supersport win to his compatriot Jason Dupasquier, who died after a tragic accident.
During the break after the Superpole race of the Superbike class and the second Supersport race of the weekend, the sad news about Jason Dupasquier's death became public. The Swiss rider, who is only 19 years old, lost his most important race after the terrible accident in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix. Dominique Aegerter and his Ten Kate Racing team send their deepest condolences to all the relatives.
Aegerter was very composed when he heard about it. Until the start shortly after noon, however, he ousted everything and, although his start, as on the previous day, was not optimal, he was one of the strongest riders on track right from the beginning. The race then was a thriller right to the end, with Aegerter skilfully keeping all his opponents under control in the final laps.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6), Race 2: 1st
"Standing at the top of the podium after today's race was one of my most emotional moments ever. I only found out shortly before the race started that Jason had passed away. Therefore, my sincere condolences to his family, the Prüstel team and all his friends and acquaintances. I wish them all a lot of strength in this difficult time. The news itself hit me ridiculously hard. Of course, I dedicate this victory to Jason and his family. He was a great talent and with his determination he could have gone far. But now we have no other choice than to say, «Adieu Jason»."
"The sporting aspect became a bit of a secondary matter today for this reason. Nevertheless, we did our race, just as Jason would have done. We love our sport and so we all got back into our rhythm at the starting grid at the latest. Still, it was not easy to stay focussed at 100 percent. Compared with the first race, however, we have made a big step forward. We were already fighting for the podium yesterday, but in retrospect I probably waited a little too long with my attack."
"I really wanted to avoid this mistake today and take the lead as early as possible. But I messed up again at the start. Normally that is not a weak point of mine, but this weekend both starts went wrong. But then it did not take long to get into a good rhythm, I was able to brake extremely late and gradually overtake those in front of me. In addition, the speed of my bike was better. Finally, it was a big fight with many riders. I think the race was fun to watch. I am sure I will enjoy it myself when I watch it at home."
"In any case, I had everything under control in the final phase and was finally able to take the eagerly awaited victory. So, a big thanks to the whole team for their good work, and also to all the sponsors and partners who made it possible for me to ride Supersport World Championship with the Ten Kate Yamaha Team. I have quickly settled in well here. But now I am also looking forward to next weekend in the MotoE World Cup in Barcelona."
#EstorilWorldSBK - WorldSSP Race 2:
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 30´26.187
2 Luca BERNARDI / ITA / CM Racing / Yamaha YZF R6 / +0.375
3 Philipp ÖTTL / GER / Kawasaki Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-6R / +1.039
1 Steven ODENDAAL / RSA / Yamaha / 75
2 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Yamaha / 69
3 Philipp ÖTTL / GER / Kawasaki / 52