Still second after the free practice sessions, Dominique Aergerter had to settle for fifth place in an incredibly even qualifying session on Friday afternoon.
Team and riders in MotoE™ World Cup had the privilege of inaugurating the new chicane at the Red Bull Ring early Friday morning which is to be taken literally, because the free practice one took place in rainy conditions.
Dominique Aegerter began the race weekend in Styria with a solid eighth place at a rain-soaked track, before the 31-year-old Swiss rider was instrumental in setting second fastest time in a dry FP2. The qualifying heats took place in the afternoon in the best conditions, with Aegerter securing a second-row grid spot in fifth in Q2.
The first race of the weekend will be broadcast live by SRF and ServusTV on Saturday afternoon. The stream will begin ten minutes before the start. Aegerter goes into the fourth-last race of the season with a 31.5-point cushion on his first rival.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Energica)
Grid position: P5 - 1´41.642 (4/6)
"I think we started the weekend quite well. In the rain this morning we finished eighth, while in the second practice session we were able to move up to second place in the dry. In qualifying, the gaps were incredibly close, the top five riders are separated by just 0.2 seconds. That is why I am convinced that something is possible even though starting from fifth place on the grid in the races. In addition, there are enough places at this track where you can overtake well. No matter whether it is under braking or using from the slipstream."
"Apart from this, I think they have found a very good solution with the new chicane. It feels good to have two more corners here whereas grip conditions are also very good in this section. But now we have to wait and see what the weather will be like tomorrow. Besides, with only six laps, a lot depends on a good start to fight for the top three at the end. It will be important to finish in front of Granado and Ferrari. That is definitely the goal."
#AustrianGP - MotoE™ Combined Free Practice Times (FP1/FP2):
1 Mattia CASADEI / ITA / Pons Racing 40 / Energica / 1´41.720 (FP2)
2 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / Energica / 1´42.060 +0.340 (FP2)
3 Eric GRANADO / BRA / LCR E-Team / Energica / 1´42.175 +0.455 (FP2)
#AustrianGP - MotoE™ Qualifying Results:
1 Eric GRANADO / BRA / LCR E-Team / Energica / 1´41.390
2 Mattia CASADEI / ITA / Pons Racing 40 / Energica / 1´41.530 +0.140
3 Matteo FERRARI / ITA / Felo Gresini MotoE / Energica / 1´41.569 +0.179
5 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / Energica / 1´41.642 +0.252
#AustrianGP - MotoE™ Time Schedule for Saturday August 20th (CET):
16:25 Race 1 (6 Laps - 26.088 km)