Dominique Aegerter rules the 2022 FIM Supersport World Championship at will. Even so at the fifth meeting of the season in England, the Yamaha rider from the Dutch Ten Kate team is the measure of all things.
Regardless at which track the reigning champion Dominique Aegerter arrives, he is currently setting the bar very high for the competition. On Saturday morning, he was on the verge of setting a new all-time record at the 4 kilometres long track at Donington Park, despite having raced just once in Leicestershire County 13 years ago. Record lap or not, Aegerter stormed confidently to his fourth pole position in a row.
By the time the ninth race of the season got underway in the afternoon, midsummer weather had reached the East Midlands of England. In the heat, however, the race got off to somewhat of a chaotic start when initially the start procedure had to be aborted because a rider lost the visor of his helmet during warm-up lap. On the first lap after the supposed start, another rider caused a large oil spoil at the track, so that the red flag came out.
At the re-start, with the distance shortened to 12 laps, Aegerter initially had the lead before being overtaken by Italian Nicolo Bulega after one lap and Can Öncü from Turkey passed him in the next moment either. But Aegerter once again played up his years of experience and remained calm when Lorenzo Baldassarri also literally flew past him. He then followed the Italian rider before setting the decisive move a few laps before the chequered flag and in doing so, he immediately opened a gap to Baldassarri with some tenths of a second. On the podium, the 31-year-old Swiss celebrated exuberantly what was already his eighth race victory this year.
The second race of the weekend will start on Sunday at the usual time of 12:30 CEST. It can be followed via live stream on the internet platform of the Austrian rights holder ServusTV.com.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6)
Grid position: Pole / Race 1: Winner
"It was a short race, but also very exciting. In the beginning there were wild fights with Can Öncü and also with Nicolo Bulega. I got away well at the start, but the first laps were very hectic. There were a lot of overtaking manoeuvres because everyone wanted to get to the front. I feel sorry for Bulega that he had to retire because of a crash. I think it would have been a great duel with him. When the field had lined up, Lorenzo Baldassarri and I were able to break away. "Balda" was able to ride a strong pace, but in the end, I again had the better reserves for the final phase. I am happy about every podium, but that I have won the last eight races in a row is very special. As I have said many times, many factors have to work together. The material has to be right, and the team makes sure of that."
"So, a big thank you to everyone who always helps us to be that successful, my team did a great job again. We can be very strong at all tracks, and that is the key to achieving our goal. Tomorrow, we have a second race, and hopefully it will go the full distance of 19 laps so we can give the British fans a good show in this beautiful weather. But before that, I am enjoying this incomparable feeling of having won a race. Before I went to Donington, I could never have imagined that after 13 years it would go so well straight away."
#GBRWorldSBK - WorldSSP Superpole:
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´29.961
2 Nicolo BULEGA / ITA / Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team / Ducati Panigale V2 / 1´30.318 +0.357
3 Glenn VAN STRAALEN / NED / EAB Racing Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´30.374 +0.413
#GBRWorldSBK - WorldSSP Race 1 (12 Laps):
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 18´18.408
2 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Evan Bros.WorldSSP Yamaha Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / +0.413
3 Raffaele DE ROSA / ITA / Orelac Racing Verdnatura WorldSSP / Ducati Panigale V2 / +6.803
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Yamaha / 220
2 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Yamaha / 161
3 Nicolo BULEGA / ITA / Ducati / 104
#GBRWorldSBK - WorldSSP Time Schedule for Sunday July 17th (CET):
10:25 - 10:40 Warm-Up
13:30 Race 2 (19 Laps - 76.440 km)