In a thrilling race, Dominique Aegerter claimed his second win of the season's twelfth meeting on Sunday, extending his championship lead to 36 points.
After a cloudy but thoroughly dry Saturday, the second race day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was accompanied by beautiful weather. In the end, Dominique Aegerter was once again beaming with the sun, although the 31-year-old Swiss did not manage a good start from the top spot on the grid.
Based on the experience of Saturday afternoon, Aegerter took a more cautious approach to the second race in order to have the better reserves for the final stages. Nevertheless, the Yamaha rider was repeatedly involved in a turbulent battle at the fierce end of the competition and even made a hair-raising riding error, but in the end his tactics worked out perfectly. With five laps to go, Aegerter made it serious at the end of the long straight, when he overtook Turkish rider Can Öncü and his fiercest title opponent Lorenzo Baldassarri and Stefano Manzi in one fell swoop. From then on, he gave his pursuers no chance to counterattack and immediately pulled away.
The Supersport World Championship continues in two weeks at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve not far from the southern Portuguese port city of Portimao. It is also the last stop in Europe before the series travels overseas for the final three race weekends.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6)
Grid position: Pole / Race 2: WINNER
"I am mega-happy! Barcelona was a perfect weekend with pole position and maximum points from both races. We were already very fast on Friday and set a new lap record in FP2 and then again in Superpole. But to deciding qualifying with more than a second advantage over the runner-up was already overwhelming. In yesterday's race I had a better start, and it was less strenuous than today, not only because the distance was shortened to twelve laps. Over the full distance tyre management was the key to success. Up to the halfway point of the race I was careful not to put too much stress on the tyres because they get very stressed in the long right-hand corners. Many teams and riders were afraid therefore that their tyres would not last this. Although I took a cautious approach, I always tried to be in the top three. But there was a wild battle with five or six riders. When I wanted to take the lead, I made a big mistake. Due to this unplanned "long lap" I lost some time, but I was able to catch up with the leaders immediately again and overtake them. With a fast lap I immediately gained a small advantage, although the slipstream on the long straight played a big role today."
"It was a tough race for us, but for the spectators it must have been a pleasure to watch. After this successful weekend, I am already looking forward to Portimao in two weeks, where we will race at a great track again. However, I am still missing a win there. I want to make up for that this time. But now I would like to thank my Ten Kate team and congratulate them on the perfect start to the new project with the sustainably produced fairing parts. I would also like to thank Peter Hostettler, who visited and cheered us on this weekend. Twelve race wins in one season with five events still to go is an impressive achievement. My worst result was a third place. We want to extend our lead in the points table in every race. That remains our goal because there are still 200 points to be gained and with one mistake 25 are lost very quickly. Now it is a matter of hopefully being able to continue like this, because there is still a long way to go until the season finale at the end of November. From my side, I will do everything to stay fit and in the best possible shape. My team will be equally focused on keeping our bike in top shape so we can celebrate even more victories this year."
#CatalanWorldSBK - WorldSSP Race 2 (18 Laps):
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 31´55.307
2 Can ÖNCÜ /TUR / Kawasaki Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-6R / +2.014
3 Stefano MANZI / ITA / Dynavolt Triumph / Triumph Street Triple RS / +2.100
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Yamaha / 336
2 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Yamaha / 300
3 Can ÖNCÜ / TUR / Kawasaki / 171