Of the Superbike riders, only Danilo Petrucci was faster than Dominique Aegerter on the first day of testing in Jerez. The Yamaha rider was able to keep his GRT teammate Remy Gardner clear.
“A good start to the pre-season”, excited Dominique Aegerter after the 9th place on Wednesday. The Swiss rode the Yamaha from the Giansanti Racing Team in the dry for the first time and were able to leave a lot of acres behind. Domi lost 1.337 seconds to his teammate Toprak Razgatlioglu, who set a personal best time of 1:38.597 minutes. But he was able to beat factory rider Andrea Locatelli and take more than half a second from teammate Remy Gardner, the 2021 Moto2 World Champion. Rookie Lorenzo Baldassarri from GMT94 Yamaha Team, last year’s World Vice Champion behind Aegerter Supersport, was 1.8 seconds slower!
“It helped me get to know my crew a little bit from the test in December,” Aegerter said. “So we were able to make some progress on the electronics and the chassis. We have also been working on better ergonomics after five weeks of not having to worry more than finding the right seating position. At that time it was enough for track conditions. But now, for the first time, we worked on the basic set-up and also tried two different rear tyres. The almost 90 laps we completed were productive in every respect.”
The two-time world champion continues: “But the most important thing is to get used to the Superbike. The first thing I had to do was memorize the new tips on the track. In my long career I have almost always had the same stopping points. But with a strong and heavy bike a little bit, these change because I get there at a higher speed. So I can’t brake like I was late. After that, the focus was on the performance of the engine because we started with the layout that Toprak raced here in 2021. I wanted to use them, really , but we quickly realized that we had to slow down a bit on the way out of the corner because the bike was leaning so hard on the wheels. That cost me a lot and it took me a while to realize that I had to use the rear brake more. Those were the highlights of the day. I had to push to getting good lap times. But in the end I’m happy with what we’ve achieved.”