Dominique Aegerter immediately dedicated his tenth win of the season to Dean Berta Vinales, who died in a tragic accident on Saturday afternoon.
The shock of the tragic accident of the only 15-year-old Spaniard was still omnipresent in the paddock of the Circuito de Jerez on Sunday. It was up to each participant whether he would take part in the race.
Dominique Aegerter was able to block out all thoughts of the previous day's scary moments when the lights went out. From second on the starting grid, the 30-year-old Yamaha rider impressively made the hole-shot to and went on to take an unchallenged victory. In doing so, he extended his lead in the overall standings to 62 points before the championship continues in just a few days in Portimao, Portugal.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6), Race: Winner
"I want to dedicate this victory to Dean, the Vinales family, his friends and his team. Yesterday was a bad day for all of us. But they gave us the strength to do what we love most. Racing is our life and that was what we did today thinking of Dean all the time. My deepest sympathies to all family members. Even though it went very well for me from a sporting point of view, this takes a back seat after this sad event. Nevertheless, my race started with a good start, and I immediately saw that I could pull away. After the first lap I was already 0.3 seconds ahead. From then on, I tried to stay concentrated and still keep pushing to constantly increase the gap. I was able to implement this plan super, because I was in the lead every lap and had a comfortable 10-second cushion on my pursuers most of the time."
"Despite the hot conditions it was fun out there, the bike worked perfectly. My crew made a small change to before the race to have a better grip in this hot conditions. On the previous days the track’s conditions were much less hot. So, this click to the setting worked out perfectly. A big thanks to them, as well as to all the fans and sponsors who came to see us this weekend and helped us incredibly with their support. Jerez ended with the best possible result and in the process, we extended our lead in the championship again. It is a great feeling to have taken our tenth win of the season. Before the season started, none of us would have expected to win so many races. I am now looking forward to three days off before continuing again in Portimao and I am also very happy that after a long back and forth the races in Argentina and Indonesia have been fixed. So, I am looking forward to having six more races to go."
#ESPWorldSBK - WorldSSP Superpole Results:
1 Philipp ÖTTL / GER / Kawasaki Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-6R / 1´41.798
2 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´41.834 +0.036
3 Federico CARICASULO / ITA / Biblion Iberica Yamaha Motoxracing / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´41.964 +0.166
#ESPWorldSBK - WorldSSP Race (17 Laps):
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 29´13.083
2 Philipp ÖTTL / GER / Kawasaki Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-6R / +9.609
3 Niki TUULI / FIN / MV Agusta Cliente Corsi / MV Agusta F3 675 / +10.251
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Yamaha / 327
2 Steven ODENDAAL / RSA / Yamaha / 265
3 Philipp ÖTTL / GER / Kawasaki / 217