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2024/02/22 - FIM Superbike World Championship: Australian Round - Preview

Subdued expectations for World Championship opener in Australia

Dominique Aegerter is facing a difficult start to the new championship after a virus infection thwarted his plans in the most important stages of pre-season preparation.

For Dominique Aegerter, last Tuesday's official test at the picturesque Phillip Island circuit was the first indicator of his physical condition. The 33-year-old Superbike rider and his crew from the Italian GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team practically completed a mammoth program, as the main aim was to get a feeling for his race bike and regain his speed. Aegerter has mastered these tasks with flying colours and hopes to complete the first race weekend of the new season, his second in the FIM Superbike World Championship, at the same level. 

Eurosport 1 will broadcast the races on free-to-air television this weekend. The broadcast begins on Saturday and Sunday morning at 5:30 a.m. CET. It is also possible to follow the races via the "ServusTV On" app. This requires a download of the app. Another way to watch all of the weekend's sessions live is via the paid live stream on the official WorldSBK website.

The distance for the two main races has been shortened from the original 22 to 20 laps. In addition, a pit stop for a tyre change is mandatory. This must take place between the ninth and eleventh laps.

The 2024 FIM Supersport World Championship comprises twelve events. The series’ visit to the Phillip Island Circuit is the only oversea race on the current calendar.

#77 Dominique AEGERTER (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team, Yamaha YZF R1)

"I have to be honest and admit that I am not 100 percent prepared for the first race. The missed testings’ back in January are particularly noticeable, but also my body feels a bit drained after the 98 laps on Tuesday. Hopefully the weather will remain stable so that we do not have to accept any further losses in track time. I need more laps to get used to the bike again. I hope we can make a step forward on Friday, because at the moment we are just over a second behind the fastest rider of the test. I have fond memories of last year when we made a very fast start to the season here on Phillip Island. That would obviously be the goal again but given the circumstances we have to remain realistic."

"I will still do my best, as will my team and Yamaha. I am definitely looking forward to a great weekend here and I think if we can fight for top ten finishes, that would be a good way to start the season. After that, I am looking forward to more days of testing in Barcelona in the week before the race there. But before that, I want to enjoy the weekend here and, if possible, get my name in the results lists in good positions with good points. My personal goal is to finish all three races and see how my body is doing and how I feel."

Dominique AEGERTER’s Profil:
Alter: 33 (geboren am 30. September 1990)
Beruf: Rennfahrer
Wohnort: Rohrbach (Schweiz)
Größe: 174 cm
Gewicht: 69 kg
Motorrad: Yamaha YZF R1
Team: GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team
Startnummer: 77

Grand Prix Debut: Estoril (Portugal) 2006, 125ccm
Erste Grand Prix Pole-Position: Sachsenring (Deutschland) 2014, Moto2™
Erste schnellste Grand-Prix-Rennrunde: Assen (Niederlande) 2014, Moto2™
Erstes Grand Prix Podium: Valencia (Spanien) 2011, Moto2™
Erster Grand Prix Sieg: Sachsenring (Deutschland) 2014, Moto2™
Grand Prix Siege: 1
Grand Prix Podium: 7
Grand Prix Pole-Position: 1
Grand Prix Schnellste Rennrunde: 1
Grand Prix Starts (insgesamt): 220 (52 in 125 ccm / 168 in Moto2™)
WorldSSP Debüt: MotorLand Aragón (Spanien) 2021
WorldSSP Rennen: 44
WorldSSP Siege: 27
WorldSSP Podium: 35
WorldSSP Pole-Position: 11
WorldSSP schnellste Rennrunden: 20
WorldSBK Debüt: Phillip Island (Australien) 2023
WorldSBK Rennen: 36
WorldSBK Siege: -
WorldSBK Podium: 2
WorldSBK Pole-Position: -
WorldSBK schnellste Rennrunden: 1

Dominique AEGERTER’s Karriere:
2003: ADAC Junior Cup – Gesamt 7.
2004: 125 ccm Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft - Gesamt 15.
2005: 125 ccm Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft - Gesamt 9.
2006: 125 ccm Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft - Vize-Titel
2006: 125 ccm Weltmeisterschaft – 2 Starts (0 Punkte)
2007: 125 ccm Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 23. (7 Punkte)
2008: 125 ccm Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 16. (45 Punkte)
2009: 125 ccm Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 13. (70,5 Punkte)
2010: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 15. (74 Punkte)
2011: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 8. (94 Punkte)
2012: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 8. (114 Punkte)
2013: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 5. (158 Punkte)
2014: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 5. (172 Punkte)
2015: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 17. (62 Punkte)
2016: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 12. (61 Punkte)
2017: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 12. (88 Punkte)
2018: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 17. (47 Punkte)
2019: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 22. (19 Punkte)
2020: MotoE™ World Cup - Gesamt 3. (97 Punkte)
2021: MotoE™ World Cup - Vize-Titel (93 Punkte)
2021: WorldSSP - World Champion mit Ten Kate Racing Yamaha
2022: MotoE™ World Cup - Gesamtsieger mit Dynavolt Intact GP
2022: WorldSSP - World Champion mit Ten Kate Racing Yamaha
2023: WorldSBK Superbike Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 8. (163 Punkte)

#AUSWorldSBK - WSBK Zeitplan des Wochenendes in MEZ:
Freitag, 23. Februar: FP1 01:20 - 02:05
Freitag, 23. Februar: FP2 06:00 - 06:45
Samstag, 24. Februar: FP3 00:00 - 00:20
Samstag, 24. Februar: Superpole 03:00 - 03:15
Samstag, 24. Februar: Rennen 1 06:00 (20 Runden - 88,900 km)
Sonntag, 25. Februar: Warm Up 00:30 - 00:40
Sonntag, 25. Februar: Superpole-Race 03:00 (10 Runden - 44,450 km)
Sonntag, 25. Februar: Rennen 2 06:00 (20 Runden - 88,900 km)

Streckendaten Phillip Island:
Länge: 4.445 Meter
Breite: 13 Meter
Längste Gerade: 900 Meter
Linkskurven: 7
Rechtskurven: 5
WSBK Allzeit-Rekord: 1´29.230 (2020)
Beste WSBK Pole-Position: 1´29.230 (2020)
Schnellste WSBK Rennrunde: 1´30.075 (2019)

WorldSBK Kalender 2024:
23/24/25 Februar - Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Australien
22/23/24 März - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spanien
19/20/21 April - TT Circuit Assen, Niederlande
14/15/16 Juni - Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italien
12/13/14 Juli - Donington Park, Grossbritannien
19/20/21 Juli - Autodrom Most, Tschechien
9/10/11 August - Autódromo Internacionale do Algarve, Portugal
23/24/25 August - Balaton Park Circuit, Ungarn
6/7/08 September - Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Frankreich
20/21/22 September - Cremona Circuit, Italien
27/28/29 September - MotorLand Aragón, Spanien
18/19/20 Oktober - Circuito de Jerez, Spanien