2021/10/14 - FIM Supersport World Championship: Argentinean Round / Preview

First match point in Argentina

Dominique Aegerter has an excellent chance of crowning an incredibly strong Supersport season with an early title win this weekend at the World Championship’s meeting in Argentina.

Actually no one believed that the final races of this year's Supersport World Championship season will be held in oversea. The last time the WorldSSP series was outside of Europe was at the beginning of March last year when the championship’s opener was held in Australia. For Dominique Aegerter, it was even longer ago. In October 2019, the now 31-year-old motorcycle professional from the canton of Bern was a Moto2™ World Championship rider on the series' annual Asia/Australia tour. Round twelfth of this year’s FIM Supersport World Championship as part of WorldSBK this weekend in Argentina could only be fixed at very short notice despite many unfavourable circumstances.

Ahead of the second last WorldSSP meeting in the west of the South American country, Dominique Aegerter has a 54-point lead over his only title rival, Steven Odendaal from South Africa. To secure the championship this weekend already, he would have to finish the races on Saturday and Sunday ahead of Odendaal in each case. But Aegerter, as always, is set to win, whilst the circuit located in unique scenery with the Anden in the background is unfamiliar territory for both. Unlike in previous races, Italian Leandro Taccini will be his teammate in the Ten Kate Racing pit this time.

#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6):

"This trip to San Juan could not have been more inconvenient. After more than 30 hours, we arrived late Tuesday evening. As far as the flights concerned, everything worked out. But after arriving in Buenos Aires, it was total chaos. At about the same time, several planes coming from Europe and because of regulations, all passengers had to take a quick test when entering the country. After that, it took until seven o'clock in the evening before we could continue our journey to San Juan by charter. So, we had to spend twelve hours at the International Airport in Buenos Aires. The waiting took what felt like an eternity, as well as when we arrived in San Juan at the rental car counter it took another hour until we got our vehicles. Some things here remind me of Termas de Rio Hondo, which I know from the Grand Prix. But on Wednesday morning we were compensated with super nice weather. In addition, there are scenic and also some other beauties here. I also immediately got a first impression of the track, which is equally beautiful. The track’s layout includes some elevation changes and several chicanes that can be ridden smoothly. It gets interesting along the long back straight, where it gets a bit uphill at the last section."

"Nevertheless, I was really looking forward to the first overseas trip in a long time. Beforehand, however, there was a lot of paperwork and organizational matters to take care of in order to be able to start this trip at all. Despite some initial queasy feelings, everything went well. In this respect, you have to thank the people from Dorna and WorldSBK, who made an incredible effort to ensure that everything went smoothly. I am looking forward every time when I come to a circuit that is new to me. My preparation and approach for this weekend will be a bit different than normal as there is a lot at stake. Before my first visit to the San Juan circuit, I watched a lot of video footage of San Juan. So, I have done my homework already which is the same for my Ten Kate Racing team, who have already given a lot of thoughts to the gear ratio. But I think I can rely on them as always. A restful day on Wednesday paid off fully to recover from the long journey though as of now, however, I am back in race mode and looking forward to the first practice sessions on Friday. Full attention will be paid to these to make a good start to the weekend before things get serious on Saturday with Superpole and the first race in the afternoon."

Dominique AEGERTER’s Profil:
Alter: 31 (geboren am 30. September 1990)
Beruf: Rennfahrer
Wohnort: Rohrbach (Schweiz)
Größe: 174 cm
Gewicht: 69 kg
Motorrad: Yamaha YZF R6
Startnummer: 77

Erster Grand Prix: 2006 Portugal, 125ccm
Erste Grand Prix Pole-Position: 2014 Deutschland, Moto2™
Erste schnellste Rennrunde bei einem Grand Prix: 2014 Niederlande, Moto2™
Erstes Grand Prix Podium: 2011™ Valencia, Moto2™
Erster Grand Prix Sieg: 2014 Deutschland, Moto2™
Grand Prix Siege: 1
Grand Prix Podiums: 7
Grand Prix Pole-Position: 1
Grand Prix Schnellste Rennrunde: 1
Grand Prix Starts (insgesamt): 220 (52 in 125 ccm / 168 in Moto2™)
WorldSSP Siege: 10
WorldSSP Podiums: 13
WorldSSP Pole-Positions: 3

Dominique AEGERTER’s Karriere:
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)

#ARGWorldSBK - WorldSSP Zeitplan (MESZ):
Freitag, 15. Oktober: 16:25 - 17:10 FP1
Freitag, 15. Oktober: 21:00 - 21:45 FP2
Samstag, 16. Oktober: 16:25 - 16:45 Superpole
Samstag, 16. Oktober: 18:30 Rennen 1 (19 Runden - 81.144 km)
Sonntag, 17. Oktober: 15:25 - 15:40 Warm-Up
Sonntag, 17. Oktober: 18:30 Rennen 2 (19 Runden - 81.244 km)

Streckendaten San Juan:
Länge: 4.276 Meter
Rechtskurven: 7
Linkskurven: 10
Pole-Position: links
Schnellste WSSP-Trainingsrundenzeit: 1´42.871 (2019)
Schnellste WSSP-Rennrunde: 1´42.606 (2019)

WorldSSP Stand:
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Yamaha / 354

2 Steven ODENDAAL / RSA / Yamaha / 300
3 Manuel GONZALES / SPA / Yamaha / 249
4 Philipp ÖTTL / GER / Kawasaki / 232
5 Jules CLUZEL / FRA / Yamaha / 191
6 Luca BERNARDI / RSM / Yamaha / 161
7 Federico CARICASULO / ITA / Yamaha / 142
8 Randy KRUMMENACHER /SWI / Yamaha / 140
9 Raffaele DE ROSA / ITA / Kawasaki / 137
10 Can Alexander ÖNCÜ / TUR / Kawasaki / 127
11 Niki TUULI / FIN / MV Agusta / 112
12 Hannes SOOMER / EST / Yamaha / 72
13 Christoffer BERGMANN / SWE / Yamaha / 47
14 Peter SEBESTYEN / HUN / Yamaha / 44
15 Marc ALCOBA / SPA / Yamaha / 40