Dominique Aegerter extended his overall lead to 47 points with an impressive double victory at the round six of this year’s Supersport World Championship in Navarra, Spain.
Dominique Aegerter cleaned up everything there was to take away this weekend. Second place in the warm-up on Sunday morning should not quite fit to this statistic, but it was still a good start to Sunday for him and his Ten Kate Yamaha team. The course of Sunday's race in high heat was similar to the previous day. After a mediocre start, the 30-year-old rider from the canton of Bern was again involved in countless fights for position for a few laps and it also took a while to catch up with leader Steven Odendaal.
The South African and Aegerter again showed the motorcycling-mad Spanish fans a tough battle for the day's win in the second race of the weekend. Aegerter showed his immense experience when he immediately past his opponent with a cleverly placed manoeuvre when he saw that the 2/3 distance has been reached. It should have been the right nose, because one lap later the race was stopped.
For the next round of the World Championship, the paddock travels to France in two weeks' time to the Circuit de Nevers-Magny Cours.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6)
Race 2: Winner
"Navarra was a perfect weekend for me. In addition to pole position, I scored the maximum points and, what is more, I set fastest lap in both races. So, since the track is new on the calendar, the track record is mine. The conditions were demanding on all days because of the heat. Nevertheless, we showed the fans another great race today. My start was a bit better than on Saturday. But once again it was not easy to get to the front. All these many battles for positions were sometimes on the last groove. It took a lot for me to close the gap to Steven and it was not easy to overtake him. But, once I was able to leave him behind and get a small lead, it was possible to ride my pace consistently."
"A bit later, however, the race was red-flagged. I hope the rider who fell did not hurt himself seriously. The stop still came as a bit of a surprise. I would have liked to delight the fans with a wheelie and a burnout. I am sorry for everyone who came to watch us in this heat, but I will make up for it at the next opportunity. Unlike our competitors, we are fast in a different way. It may be that they have advantages in the first five or six laps. They probably risk more than I do. But they ruin their tyres earlier. We, on the other hand, almost never have a bad tyre wear. On the other hand, it is not easy to overtake the guys on the straights out of the slipstream. That is why I find it a bit more difficult when I am riding in a group. But my crew has found a big improvement in that regard from yesterday to today."
"The last few weeks have been very exhausting. I had three races in a row and was also very successful. So, a big thanks to my Ten Kate team and also to Yamaha, who all helped a lot to keep us on top. But now I am looking forward to a few days off with my family and friends back home in Switzerland."
#NavarraWorldSBK - WorldSSP Race 2 (14 Laps):
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 24´13.557
2 Steven ODENDAAL / RSA / Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / +0.294
3 Luca BERNARDI / RSM / CM Racing / Yamaha YZF R6 / +2.264
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Yamaha / 257
2 Steven ODENDAAL / RSA / Yamaha / 210
3 Philipp ÖTTL / GER / Kawasaki / 156