Dominique Aegerter will tackle preparations for this year’s campaign in Supersport World Championship over the next two days at the Spanish circuit MotorLand Aragón.
As he did last year, 31-year-old Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter will once again be fighting for glory and success in two world-class racing series in 2022. In addition to his third attempt for overall victory in MotoE™ World Cup, Aegerter will start the new season as defending FIM Supersport World Champion. Four months after the last race in Indonesia last mid-November and with plenty of homework done yet, Aegerter and his Dutch Ten Kate team now ready to start their practical part of season preparations with a two-day test in Spain this Thursday and Friday.
However, the weather could become a spoiler, as it has been raining heavily in north-eastern parts of the country since several days. Aegerter is nevertheless hoping for a few sunny hours so that at least he can gather his first impressions and regain the feeling for his Yamaha R6, with which he was victoriously not less than ten times and in doing so wining the world championship in impressive style in 2021. The starting position for the upcoming championship is completely different due to new regulations. For the first time, brand new supersport bikes such as the Ducati Panigale V2 (2-cylinder 955 cc), MV Agusta F3 800 RR (3-cylinder 800 cc) or Triumph Street Triple RS (3-cylinder 765 cc) will be on the grid this year. By means of a "Balance of Performance" rule, these motorcycles, which are newly homologated for this category and have a displacement of more than 600 cc, are to be classified at the same performance level as the Yamaha YZF R6.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6):
"Finally, pre-season testing for the Supersport World Championship is going to get underway either. I am really looking forward to seeing my Ten Kate team again and, of course, to getting back on my World Champion bike too. Since it is already mid of March, I have had to wait an eternity for it. The next two days we are in Aragón for a private test. To start there with our season preparations, cannot hurt in any case, because also the world championship opener in three and a half weeks takes place at the same venue. These two days will be a first assessment for us, as there are new regulations for Supersport category in terms of technical requirements from this year on. Ducati, Triumph and MV Agusta surely are enriching the class with new bikes, but unlike the Yamaha R6, they have more than 600cc of displacement. At the moment, it is hard to say how we will compare to this competition."
"But I hope there will be a good balance rule so that these bikes will not be faster than our Yamaha. But also, I completely trust the Ten Kate technicians because I am sure they have found something during winter months, and we will have a few changes ready for further progress to our R6. It will definitely be very interesting when we are on track together for the first time with the new bikes entering the championship. However, at the moment I do not know which teams and riders will join us this week in Aragón. We will see the real balance of power at the latest at the official test in the week before the first race. In any case, there are good riders on these new machines, some of whom come from Moto2. From this point of view, we are again facing an interesting season and I hope, of course, that I and my Yamaha will always be among the front runners."
#WorldSSP Calendar 2022:
8/9/10 April – MotorLand Aragón, Spain
22/23/24 April – TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands
20/21/22 May – Circuito do Estoril, Portugal
10/11/12 June – Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy
15/16/17 July – Donington Park, Great Britain
29/30/31 July – Autodrom Most, Czech Republic
9/10/11 September – Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, France
23/24/25 September – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
7/8/9 October – Autódromo Internacionale to Algarve, Portugal
21/22/23 October – Circuit San Juan Villicum, Argentina
11/12/13 November – Mandalika International Street Circuit, Indonesia
TBD - Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Australia