After a determined ride to a strong third place at the MotoE™ World Cup’s visit to Spielberg, Dominique Aegerter put himself back in the fight for the overall win on Sunday.
In the third-last race of the season, Dominique Aegerter once again put his fighting nature on display very impressively in the third-last race of the season despite an unfavourable starting position. P8 on the starting gird after Saturday's E pole was a disadvantage on the one hand, while changeable weather this afternoon also played a role. A brief rain shower before the race made tyre selection and set-up of the electric bike more difficult.
However, Aegerter and his experienced technical crew from the German Dynavolt Intact GP team kept a cool head and went for a dry set-up. Coming from the third row, the 30-year-old Swiss made a good start and immediately set off in pursuit of leader Lukas Tulovic. However, Aegerter was unable to shake off his first pursuers, Eric Granado and Fermín Aldeguer, so that a fierce battle ensued between the three in the final lap.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Energica), P3 +1.145:
"With eighth place on the grid, we did not have the best starting position. In addition, it started to rain during the MotoGP race. Therefore, we went to the grid with rain tyres. But on the sighting lap we could see that only the last corner was still a bit damp. So, we changed to slicks shortly before the start. That was also the right decision. The bike felt wonderful, and I was very strong at braking. But because of the uncertain weather conditions, the distance was shortened to five laps. It's a shame, because one or two laps more would certainly have been played in my hands."
"So, it was incredibly important to get off a good start and be amongst the front runners right from the start. I also managed to do that very well. But Lukas (Tulovic) got off an even better start and was able to pull away right away. Nevertheless, I made an incredible effort to catch up with him, but I did not manage it. Therefore, in the last lap there was a huge fight with Granado and Aldeguer. In the end I am happy with third place because I finished ahead of Zaccone and Torres. In the overall standings we are still in fourth place. But with only eleven points behind the leader, everything is still open at the finale in Misano in September. There are good and bad memories of Misano."
"But we take the good ones with us when we won the first race a year ago. This time will be two races again, one on Saturday and the second on Sunday. I am ready and looking forward to an exciting MotoE finale in five weeks. But before that, a big thanks to my crew and the whole team. They did a great job, and they also made the right decision and tuned the bike perfectly with regard to the changed conditions. I would also like to thank all my sponsors and my family for their support. Now I am looking forward to one or two relaxing days at home in Switzerland before I head off to Navarra in the middle of the week. There I will try again to fight for success in the Supersport World Championship."
#AustrianGP - MotoE™ Race Classification (5 Laps):
1 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / Tech 3 E-Racing / Energica / 8´06.619
2 Eric GRANADO / BRA / One Energy Racing / Energica / +0.839
3 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / Energica / +1.145
1 Alessandro ZACCONE / ITA / 80
2 Eric GRANADO / BRA / 73
3 Jordi TORRES / SPA / 72
4 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / 69