Dominique Aegerter finished the final test before this weekend's World Championship opener in Aragón just behind the leaders in the top five.
The second and last day of official testing in the run-up to the start of the FIM Supersport World Championship 2022 was very similar to Monday. Patience was again required until the temperatures reached a window that allowed reasonable work just from midday.
As yesterday, Dominique Aegerter and his Dutch Ten Kate Racing team skipped this morning’s first session due to low temperatures. In the second practice session shortly after midday, the 31-year-old rider from the canton of Bern got back up to speed without any teething problems. With a 1'53.756 he ended up in second place. In the third and final session of the day, the Yamaha rider found another tenth of a second from his best lap time to date to finish the final preparations for the season in fifth place overall.
The 2022 FIM Supersport World Championship calendar includes twelve events, starting with this weekend's opener at Spain's MotorLand Aragón circuit in the country's outback of the east coast.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6):
"Day two started very similarly to yesterday. In the morning it was still very cool. Therefore, we skipped the first session, while in the afternoon the conditions were almost perfect again. The weather is supposed to get much nicer by the weekend, it is even supposed to get hot. So, I am looking forward to that when we can finally race in the best conditions. The two afternoon sessions went well overall. We are still at fine-tuning of the bike’s setup and there are still a few new things that need to be assessed and sorted out. In general, though, we are ready to go. But that also applies to the others. Finishing the test in fifth place, 0.2 seconds behind, is certainly no drama, but it is not the best state either."
"To be honest, we fell a little short of our expectations, because we still have to improve significantly on a hot qualifying lap. On the other hand, we are in a much better position in terms of our race pace. But I am confident that we will gain further insight over the next two days when we closely analyse the data we have collected from this test. New manufacturers have joined this championship, which certainly makes things interesting. Some of them are already very fast as well. Especially on the straights, this is confirmed by the numbers on paper. Hopefully we can still find some top speed so that we are able to overtake them. Otherwise, I feel ready, and I am looking forward to the races starting soon. Until then, I will continue to recover from my painful rib so that I can start the first race weekend in top shape this Friday."
#WorldSSP Test Aragón - Combined Practice Times after two days:
1 Jules CLUZEL / FRA / GMT94 Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´53.407
2 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´53.464 +0.057
3 Can ÖNCÜ / TUR / Kawasaki Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-6R / 1´53.542 +0.135
5 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´53.647 +0.240
#WorldSSP Calendar 2022:
8/9/10 April – MotorLand Aragón, Spain
22/23/24 April – TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands
20/21/22 May – Circuito do Estoril, Portugal
10/11/12 June – Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy
15/16/17 July – Donington Park, Great Britain
29/30/31 July – Autodrom Most, Czech Republic
9/10/11 September – Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, France
23/24/25 September – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
7/8/9 October – Autódromo Internacionale to Algarve, Portugal
21/22/23 October – Circuit San Juan Villicum, Argentina
11/12/13 November – Mandalika International Street Circuit, Indonesia
18/19/20 November – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Australia