A fantastic pole position was followed by race win number four this season from reigning Supersport champion Dominique Aegerter on the first race day of the weekend in Portugal.
Dominique Aegerter is rushing from one success to the next in FIM Supersport World Championship. As fastest on Friday at the 4.1 kilometres long Estoril circuit not far from the Atlantic coast, Aegerter pushed himself into the favourite role for the top spot on the starting grid for the two races at the third meeting of the season.
In Superpole on Saturday morning in cloudy weather, the ambitious racer from the canton of Berne left no doubt as to who the master of the ring is. With a series of best times, he literally flew to pole position for the second time in a row. However, the afternoon race initially held a surprise in store, as Aegerter did not get off to the best possible start. But it only took a few laps for him to overtake those in front of him to take the lead after the first third of the distance. At the finish line, the Yamaha rider from the Dutch Ten Kate Racing team had a three-second lead over second-placed Lorenzo Baldassarri from Italy.
The second race of the weekend will start on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. CET). It can be followed via live stream on the internet platform of the Austrian rights holder ServusTV.com.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6)
Grid position: Pole / Race 1: Winner
"So far, things could not have gone better here in Estoril. We had a good start to the weekend yesterday and pole position this morning was a strong performance. That lap was perfect, because in this high-level class you do not take eight tenths of a second off the runner-up every day. In the race I did not have the best start. Still, I did not want to rush anything at the beginning. But soon I was able to overtake the riders in front of me and take the lead. When a rider behind me crashed, a gap opened up to my rivals, which I was able to gradually extend to as much as three seconds. But it was not easy to control this lead, because it was not easy to assess how hard I had to push or not. Maintaining concentration was another task. In the end I was able to keep the lead well, although it was a lonely race for me."
"The most important thing is that we scored 25 points again and thus extended our lead in the championship a bit. But the season is still very long, we still have 19 races to go. So, there are still a lot of points to be gained or lost and this is why I am not thinking too much about the championship yet, even though we have a very strong package at the moment. We have to try to maintain this level, even though we are aware that it will not be easy to get pole position every time, set the fastest race lap and stand at the top of the podium. But my team is doing a fantastic job and I will continue to train as hard as I have been and try not to lose my focus. Apart from that, we still have three overseas races at the end of the season where anything can happen. But so far, we can be happy with our season. I am looking forward to tomorrow's race where we want to repeat this success."
#EstorilWorldSBK - WorldSSP Superpole:
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´39.046
2 Nicolo BULEGA / ITA / Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team / Ducati Panigale V2 / 1´39.884 +0.838
3 Glenn VAN STRAALEN / NED / EAB Racing Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1´39.952 +0.906
#EstorilWorldSBK - WorldSSP Race 1 Classification (18 Laps):
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 30´18.215
2 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Evan Bros.WorldSSP Yamaha Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / +3.029
3 Nicolo BULEGA / ITA / Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team / Ducati Panigale V2 / +4.530
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Yamaha / 120
2 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Yamaha / 85
3 Nicolo BULEGA / ITA / Ducati / 72
#EstorilWorldSBK - WorldSSP Time Schedule for Sunday May 22nd (CET):
10:25 - 10:40 Warm-Up
13:30 Race 2 (18 Laps - 75,276 km)