2022/03/28 - FIM Supersport World Championship 2022: Assen Test / Day one

Dominique Aegerter: «Pretty fresh temperatures, but it paid off»

Despite cool weather conditions, 31-year-old Swiss rider and his Ten Kate Racing team were finally able to get some proper testing stuff done on Monday afternoon in Assen.

Current Supersport champion Dominique Aegerter and his Dutch racing team have moved straight to the TT Circuit at Assen after a disappointing start to pre-season testing recently at Aragón and Estoril due to adverse weather. Arrived at the team’s home, where they were greeted by glorious weather in contrast to southern Europe. However, the anticipation of a productive two-day test at the famous circuit in the north of the Netherlands has been somewhat dampened after a change in the weather last night.

A brief morning rain shower again forced Aegerter and his crew to wait patiently in the pits until conditions improved shortly after noon and work could begin on the track. Aegerter was still feeling slight after-effects from his crash last week in Estoril, where he bruised a rib.

#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6):

"After a sunny arrival day on Sunday, there was a bad wake-up this morning. It was raining and when I arrived at the circuit, I found that besides it had cooled sensitively. Fortunately, the rain did not last long, so we had dry track conditions between 13:00 and 17:00 in the afternoon. In this time, we could dedicate ourselves to some things and test them reasonably. Mainly we worked with the aerodynamics on the upper part of the fairing, the clutch, the automatic gear-shifter, called Blipper, and with different settings too. For the first time, we also tried the rear brake as a handbrake positioned the left handlebar."

"With sometimes 18 degrees ground temperature we could work halfway reasonable. But air temperatures with a maximum of eight degrees made it very fresh at riding. Nevertheless, the lap times were accurate. I was just 0.6 seconds slower than in the race last July. My fastest lap time today was a 1'38.4. Tomorrow we will join a track day event where five sessions of 20 minutes track time each are scheduled. Hopefully the weather will play along to some extent though, at the moment, the forecast does not look too encouraging."