Aegerter takes victory in Race 1 in Argentina with last lap overtake, Smith scores points on WorldSSP debut
Dominique Aegerter has won the first World Supersport race at the Circuito San Juan Villicum in Argentina. The Swiss rider attacked on the final lap to take his fourteenth win of the season. Bradley Smith managed to score points in his debut by finishing fourteenth.
This weekend, the tenth round of the FIM Supersport World Championship is being held at the Circuito San Juan Villicum in Argentina. Dominique Aegerter immediately picked up the pace on Friday and was fastest after two free practice sessions before securing his seventh pole position of the season on Saturday morning with a new lap record at the Argentine circuit. At the other end of the Ten Kate Racing pitbox, Bradley Smith started well on his first World Supersport weekend as a replacement for the injured Leonardo Taccini and managed to qualify 13th.
In the race, Aegerter saw his chances after coming back to the front from fourth place and decided to attack on the last lap. As a result, the Swiss rider crossed the line victorious, taking his fourteenth win of the season. He also further extended his lead in the championship to 63 points.
Smith was put back three places on the grid due to a penalty and on the opening lap he had to swerve from an incident which dropped the Brit to 20th position. The 31-year-old debutant then had a good pace and managed to fight his way to the front. In the end, Smith crossed the finish line in fourteenth position, scoring two points for Ten Kate Racing in his first World Supersport race.
Dominique Aegerter:“I think you can’t have a better Saturday than today. We took the seventh pole position of the season with a new lap record and also my fourteenth win of the year: we achieved our goal of extending our lead in the championship. I want to thank Ten Kate Racing for the perfect bike and send my regards to my crew chief William who is at home with his newborn baby. I hope we can repeat this tomorrow.”
Bradley Smith:“First of all, I’m happy to finish my first World Supersport race in the points. On one hand it was a bit frustrating with the incident on the first lap with Van Straalen, I had to dodge him and went through the grass. As a result, I lost all the positions I had gained and fell back to last place. We can definitely improve in the race tomorrow and starting without a grid penalty is going to help me.”
Kervin Bos – Ten Kate Racing team manager:“What a day. It started pretty hectic this morning with Bradley getting a penalty, which in our opinion was not justified. Dominique rode behind Bradley and the FIM thought a penalty should be given for that, it’s just a shame he was put back three places for that when it wasn’t necessary at all. Bradley managed to move forward step by step after having to swerve from an incident on the opening lap, in the end he rode a good first race.
Dominique rode another fantastic race as he has all season. He built it up perfectly and knew exactly how long his tyres would last, which is also the reason we went for long runs straight away in the two free practice sessions. Another 25 points, the fourteenth victory and a giant step towards the championship. We’re more than satisfied and we’re on to tomorrow.”
Aegerter puts one hand on championship after another sensational overtaking move on last lap as Smith gets taken out, team world title within reach as well
Dominique Aegerter has also won the second World Supersport race at the Circuito San Juan Villicum on Sunday. The Swiss rider took his fifteenth win of the season thanks to an impressive overtake on the last lap, taking a big step towards his second world title with Ten Kate Racing.
After falling back to fourth place in the opening stages, Aegerter kept his cool and carefully chose his moments to attack. With a daring manoeuvre in the final corner, the reigning world champion once again crossed the line victorious and, with his fifteenth win from twenty races, now holds a 72-point lead in the championship. This means that in Race 1 in Indonesia, Aegerter has his first chance to clinch his second World Supersport title with Ten Kate Racing.
For Bradley Smith the race came to an early disappointing end as he was hit by another rider on the second lap. As a result, the Brit once again had no chance to show his true potential on Ten Kate Racing’s Yamaha YZF-R6.
Dominique Aegerter: “It was a fantastic weekend, we have taken the maximum out of it. Pole position with a new lap record and two wins means another fifty points. Today’s race was a big battle again, Caricasulo and Baldassarri had very fast bikes which made it difficult for me to overtake. I tried to stay concentrated and ride without mistakes, that finally enabled me to fight for the victory again. Big thanks to the Ten Kate Racing team, they did a fantastic job. Now we focus on Indonesia and Australia, two tracks that I like a lot.”
Bradley Smith: “It’s a disappointing way to finish the weekend. The guys did a fantastic job, they improved the bike and I had a good feeling in warm-up. I showed that I improved my pace with half a second so I was looking forward to a good race, unfortunately I was taken out by another rider. I would like to thank everyone at Ten Kate for giving me this opportunity, the team has been great to work with. It is clear to see why they are world champions and fighting for this year’s title again, it’s been great to be part of it this weekend.”
Kervin Bos – Ten Kate Racing team manager: “We are extremely disappointed what happened with Bradley. He had a great pace and we were expecting him to be able to fight between P5 and P7. I feel sorry for him that he was taken out in the second lap, it was completely unnecessary. Overall it was a solid debut for Bradley, he showed that the speed is there and he has a lot of knowledge.
Dominique was unbelievable again, he pulled it off again and took his 15th victory of the season. I think we are writing history together. We tried some things with the setting, and I think yesterday’s setting was a bit better, but that’s something we can learn from. Dominique showed again that he is the best rider of the field and we only need three points to achieve our big dream. .It is also good to see that the bioflax components of the bikes are proving to be excellent under this load. We are looking forward to go to Indonesia and finish the job there.”