After P5 in Saturday's race in Argentina, Dominique Aegerter was able to keep his lead in the points table about the same and therefore he hopes to be able to decide the championship on Sunday.
31-year-old Dominique Aegerter had imagined Saturday at the eleventh meeting of the Supersport World Championship at the demanding Circuito de San Juan Villicum in the west of the South American country a little differently. After strong practice performances on the previous day, the newcomer to the Argentinean track newcomer initially had to settle for fifth place on the starting grid in Superpole, before to bring this position home in the first race of the weekend a few hours later in the afternoon.
For most of the 19-lpa distance, Aegerter was up against with his single rival in the title fight Steven Odendaal, who left the line from front row in second position. After a tough battle in the closing stages, Aegerter finally had to let Odendaal go when the final attack failed just before the finish line and Odendaal collected two points more with fourth place.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6)
Grid position: P5 / Race 1: P5
"The race did not go quite as well as I would have expected. After I got away well at the start, I would have thought I could fight for the podium. But at the beginning I did not get past Steven right away and therefore Gonzales was able to pull away a bit. Without slipstream I had no chance to close the gap. In about the middle of the race I had two or three scary moments when almost losing the front wheel, for which I lost some confidence. I had to adjust my riding style to avoid a crash. At this stage of the race, Steven was able to catch up again and after that we had a few good battles till the line. But his bike was better today, which is why I had to put everything on the line on the last lap."
"Unfortunately, when I tried to get in on the inside, I went off the racing line where the track was very dirty. That was the reason why I could not ride through that corner optimally and I could not overtake him. But we still have a 52-point lead in the championship and tomorrow there will be the next chance to take the title early. I will try to get a good start, stay focused and race with my head so hopefully we can finally close the bag. It was still a cool battle with Steven although it is a shame it was only for fourth place. It would have been much nicer if it had been for a podium position. Cluzel, on the other hand, has been super-fast this weekend so far. So, we will still use warm-up on Sunday morning to try something on the setting so that we will have better speed for the second race. Then everything should go well tomorrow."
#ARGWorldSBK - WorldSSP Superpole Result:
1 Jules CLUZEL /FRA / GMT94 Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´41.740
2 Steven ODENDAAL / RSA / Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´42.075 +0.335
3 Manuel GONZALES / SPA / Yamaha ParkinGo Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´42.080 +0.340
5 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´42.173 +0.433
#ARGWorldSBK - WorldSSP Race 1 Classification (19 Laps):
1 Jules CLUZEL / FRA / GMT94 Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 32´30.688
2 Manuel GONZALES / SPA / Yamaha ParkinGo Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / +4.774
3 Can ÖNCÜ / TUR / Kawasaki Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-6R / +7.000
5 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / +11.324
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Yamaha / 365
2 Steven ODENDAAL / RSA / Yamaha / 313
3 Manuel GONZALES / SPA / Yamaha / 269
#ARGWorldSBK - WorldSSP Time Schedule for Sunday October 17th (CET):
15:25 - 15:40 Warm-Up
18:30 Race 2 (19 Laps - 81.244 km)