Dominique Aegerter and his Ten Kate Racing team rounded off their third pre-season test with a very productive second day in the Netherlands.
At the end of testing on Tuesday evening, 31-year-old Dominique Aegerter was delighted to complete 143 laps of incredibly important dry track time at the TT Circuit, after a mixed start to pre-season preparations at the first stops in Aragón and Estoril due to the weather. The Yamaha rider and his experienced crew continued their program from the previous day in slightly better conditions on the second day, although different gear ratios and other things were added to the to-do list.
Many positive findings now make Aegerter confident for the first real outing of strength at the official test in a week's time at MotorLand Aragón. At this occasion, the entire competition will be on hand for the first time on Monday and Tuesday at the Spanish venue.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6):
"Fortunately, we had better weather the past two days than it was in Spain and Portugal. Yesterday, however, it was very cold. But in the afternoon the sun came out and we could start working. In the end it was a very useful 69 laps. In slightly better conditions today we did a handful more. It was incredibly good to be able to ride for two days in the dry and to do proper test runs in various areas, such as with new suspension elements. Given the less-than-ideal conditions, we were also fast as we finished this test with a 1'37.7. This was almost close to my fastest lap time from the 2021 race, while my Superpole time was just half a second off."
"I am very happy with what we have achieved. The team is doing a great job and my new teammate Leonardo Taccini is also making a fast impression. Unfortunately, he had some bad luck as he had to take some crashes. But he did not let it affect him and fortunately he is unhurt. Away from our testing program on track, there were also several meetings with the Big Bosses, Gerrit and Ronald Ten Kate. It was nice to see them again and talk to them about last year and this year. Because of my bruised rib, things were a bit painful. So, hopefully the situation will improve quickly, because on Sunday I am already going to Aragón, where the last test before the World Championship opener will take place at the beginning of next week there. Till then I spend the time with physiotherapy and some training at home in Switzerland."