Dominique Aegerter: “To be less dangerous” / Superbike World Championship

Dominique Aegerter: “To be less dangerous” / Superbike World Championship


On a wet track, Domi Aegerter (GRT Yamaha) still can’t keep up with the best in the World Superbike Championship. After 13th place in the first race at the TT Circuit in Assen, the Swiss were a little confused.

The April weather lives up to its name in Assen this weekend, with sun and rain alternating since Friday. Only FP3 and Superpole were held in intermittent wet conditions;

“The weather made it very difficult,” admitted Domi Aegerter, who qualified only 19th on the grid and finished 13th in the first round. “We miss something in the rain because FP3 and qualifying took place in the rain, where we ended up very far behind. Sorry to the team that we had to start behind. The starting position spoiled our race a bit from the start. Like 95 percent of the drivers, we decided to do a trick at the start.”

The choice of tire was correct because the right line got drier with each lap. But because the race was stopped on the 15th lap, Nicholas Spinelli (Barni Spark Ducati), who was the only one to start the race with medium tires, surprisingly won. Aegerter lost nearly a minute to the winner and 51 seconds to teammate Remy Gardner, who finished fourth.

“It was not easy to ride a 1000cc Superbike at the beginning when the track was still wet in four or five corners,” admitted the Yamaha rider. “In the end we finished in 13th place and scored a few points. Our goal is to finish the Superpole race on Sunday morning in the top nine. It won’t be a walk in the park, but we will try to put ourselves in a good position for the second race. I’m hoping for better track conditions so it’s not too dangerous to drive.”

Assen Superbike World Championship results, race 1:
Pos the driver Motorcycle Different
1. Nicholas Spinelli (I) Ducati
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (TR) BMW + 3,205 sec
3. Alvaro Bautista (E) Ducati + 3,392
4. Remy Gardner (AUS) Yamaha + 5,989
5. Alex Lowes (GB) Kawasaki + 6,256
6. Jonathan Rea (GB) Yamaha + 6,361
7. Michael v Mark (NL) BMW + 6,474
8. Scott Redding (GB) BMW + 12,289
9. Axel Bassani (I) Kawasaki + 12,013
10. Xavi Vierge (L) Honda + 17,794
11. Nicolò Bulega (I) Ducati + 25,271
12. Andrea Locatelli (I) Yamaha + 40,632
13. Dominique Aegerter (CH) Yamaha + 57,577
14. Tarran Mackenzie (GB) Honda + > 1 min
15. Bradley Ray (GB) Yamaha +1 Rd.
16. Garrett Gerloff (USA) BMW + 1 Rd.
17. Adam Norrodin (MAL) Honda + 1 Rd.
18. Philipp Öttl (D) Yamaha + 2 Rd.
19. Sam Lowes (GB) Ducati + 3 Rd.
Michael Rinaldi (I) Ducati
Tito Rabat (E) Kawasaki
Andrea Iannone (I) Ducati
World Superbike Championship 2024: Status after 7 of 36 races
Pos the driver Motorcycle Points
1. Nicolò Bulega (I) Ducati 92
2. Alvaro Bautista (E) Ducati 91
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu (TR) BMW 91
4. Alex Lowes (GB) Kawasaki 86
5. Andrea Iannone (I) Ducati 51
6. Andrea Locatelli (I) Yamaha 49
7. Michael v Mark (NL) BMW 49
8. Danilo Petrucci (I) Ducati 47
9. Dominique Aegerter (CH) Yamaha 37
10. Remy Gardner (AUS) Yamaha 32
11. Nicholas Spinelli (I) Ducati 25
12. Garrett Gerloff (USA) BMW 25
13. Axel Bassani (I) Kawasaki 22
14. Xavi Vierge (L) Honda 19
15. Jonathan Rea (GB) Yamaha 18
16. Michael Rinaldi (I) Ducati 18
17. Sam Lowes (GB) Ducati 18
18. Scott Redding (GB) BMW 18
19. Iker Lecuona (L) Honda 3
20. Philipp Öttl (D) Yamaha 2
21. Bradley Ray (GB) Yamaha 2
22. Tarran Mackenzie (GB) Honda 2
23. Tito Rabat (E) Kawasaki 1