Following his debut ride aboard the Yamaha superbike a month ago, Dominique Aegerter returns to the Circuito de Jerez for another two-day test in preparation for his rookie season in the World Superbike Championship this week.
For 32-year-old Dominique Aegerter, his winter break comes to an unusually early end. After his most successful season to date as a motorcycle racer, winning his second successive Supersport World Championship title and overall victory in MotoE™ World Cup, a number of honours and parties still had to be accommodated in the packed calendar practically in passing.
Nevertheless, in order to prepare himself in the best possible way for his move to the top-class world championship with 1000cc production-based racing bikes, the ambitious athlete from Rohrbach in the canton of Bern therefore did not allow himself a long break. Immediately after returning from last year's season finale, he continued his fitness program fully determined and, right after the turn of the year, Aegerter set off for Spain, where, as in previous years, he found the best conditions for training with every kind of off-road motorcycles.
On Wednesday and Thursday this week, Aegerter and his Italian based GRT Yamaha team will begin preparations for the new season at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in the most southern part of Spain. A first rollout in his new surroundings in December at the same venue was marred by poor weather conditions.
The world championship opener takes place on the last weekend of February in Australia. Before that, Aegerter has two more two-day tests to get ready for the Yamaha superbike and the premier class of the world championship with production-based racing bikes.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team, Yamaha YZF R1):
"Unlike in previous years, this winter break was very short for me. My adventure in Superbike World Championship began in mid-December. Unfortunately, we were unlucky with the weather, as it was raining for two days during the first test with my new to me GRT Yamaha Team. So, even more I am looking forward to my second test with the Yamaha superbike now, which takes place this week in Jerez again. Besides, conditions should be much better with sunshine and usable temperatures."
"I am already curious to ride the 1000cc machine in the dry and start preparing for the upcoming season. We do not have too much time for that, because the first race is already scheduled for February 25 at Phillip Island in Australia. Apart from the track’s conditions, our two half days outing in December were by no means in vain, because I was already able to get to know the team and the people around me a little bit, and it was also important to get used to the more powerful superbike for the first time. But on Wednesday, we will start again from scratch because the handling of the bike in the wet is very different from a dry track. But I will take my time to get used to it, having ridden mainly 600cc race bikes in Moto2 and Supersport World Championships in recent years, but also the heavy MotoE bike. In any case, an interesting task awaits me. I like the track in Jerez and know it very well. Hopefully we can collect as much valuable data as possible that will help us during the season. From my side, I will work hard and give everything so that we quickly can work out a good base setup for the season."
"As mentioned at the beginning, preparation time was very short this time. That is why there were no long vacations to enjoy, as foremost I continued my physical preparations directly after the last race in Australia, before I went to Spain at the beginning of January. I spent just under three weeks in the area of Barcelona, where I know many good places to ride with off-road bikes meanwhile. I was out a lot with my motocross bike, but also with the supermoto and practicing at flat tracks. To train with motorcycles is irreplaceable although, I also worked a lot with a coach in the gym to strengthen myself conditionally. This also included jogging and cycling. And not to forget the mental preparation. Because of the early start to the season, the break was actually a full-throttle program. But sometimes you just have to take on certain deprivations. Especially as a professional athlete, there are no exceptions though, I am looking forward to really getting going soon."