After a strong race on Saturday afternoon, however, Dominique Aegerter could not take much pleasure form a fourth-place finish.
As a week ago at the season opener in Spain, the 30-year-old Dominique Aegerter qualified for fifth spot on the starting grid in the second row again. In contrast to last Saturday, however, his start was less optimal this time. The Yamaha rider was suddenly faced with a recovery in the race, which could not have been foreseen after consistently good training sessions at all.
However, Aegerter's strength is well known as to be the races and the longer it lasted, the more fighting spirit the Swiss rider showed. Everything was finally to be decided in the last lap. Even victory was within reach. In braking for the first corner Aegerter made a move on Frenchman Jules Cluzel on the inside, which is why the two riders at the top were able to open a small gap. Aegerter then came out of the last corner in third place but was edged out on the line by Cluzel.
After a bad accident in Moto3 qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello, Aegerter is in the thoughts of Jason Dupasquier. His Swiss compatriot is being treated in the hospital of Florence.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6), Grid position 5th / P4 +0.765:
"After a strong weekend so far, I am not very happy about this fourth place. The race started with a bad start. I immediately dropped down to eighth place. But I fought my way back to the front group and then, a lot was possible until the end. After catching up, I was always able to fight for the podium, if also for victory. But it was not enough to get to the finish line in third."
"We still have to analyze today's race in detail and see where we have disadvantages compared to the others. I also already have an idea of where we need to pull the lever. Fortunately, we still have a warm-up on Sunday morning before the second race. So, there is still a lot to do before then in terms of preparing for the second race day here in Estoril. I hope we can improve so that I can finish this weekend with a podium again. Finally, I would like to wish Jason Dupasquier all the best for a speedy recovery."
#EstorilWorldSBK - WorldSSP Superpole:
1 Ferderico CARICASULO / FRA / GMT94 Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´39.973
2 Philipp ÖTTL / GER / Kawasaki Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-6R / 1´40.094 +0.121
3 Steven ODENDAAL / RSA / Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´40.184 +0.211
5 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´40.291 +0.318
#EstorilWorldSBK - WorldSSP Race 1:
1 Steven ODENDAAL / RSA / Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / 30´26.477
2 Philipp ÖTTL / GER / Kawasaki Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-6R / +0.350
3 Jules CLUZEL / FRA / GMT94 Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / +0.750
4 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / +0.765
1 Steven ODENDAAL / RSA / Yamaha / 75
2 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Yamaha / 44
3 Raffaele DE ROSA / ITA / Kawasaki / 37
#EstorilWorldSBK - WorldSSP Time Schedule for Sunday May 30th (CET):
10:25 - 10:40 Warm-Up
13:30 Race 1 (18 Laps - 75.276 km)