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Ten Kate Racing and Aegerter to part ways after two successful seasons

Ten Kate Racing and Dominique Aegerter will part ways at the end of this season. The Nieuwleusen-based team has enjoyed great success with the Swiss rider, with the world title in the World Supersport class in 2021 being a highlight so far. Currently Aegerter leads the World Supersport championship with 12 wins from 16 races and both parties will do everything they can to secure a second consecutive riders’ and teams’ world title.

With Aegerter’s next step in his professional career, Ten Kate Racing has once again delivered a rider in the highest class of the production machine-based championship. So far, Aegerter has completed 18 World Supersport rounds with Ten Kate Racing, taking pole position nine times. Of the 36 races he competed in, the Swiss rider stood on the podium no less than 30 times and managed to win 22 of them. He also rode the fastest race lap eighteen times.

Ten Kate Racing wishes Dominique Aegerter a lot of success in what the future holds for him and is grateful for the successes achieved and pleasant collaboration.

Kervin Bos – Ten Kate Racing team manager: “It’s great to see Ten Kate Racing delivering another rider in the World Superbike class. We are convinced that Dominique is ready for the next step in his career. Last season was great to immediately win the rider and team championship in the year of our comeback in the World Supersport category. This year too, we are well underway and will do everything we can to bring these titles back to Nieuwleusen. That will remain our focus and we will continue to attack in these upcoming races together.”

MOVING UP: A WorldSSP title in the bag and a title fight in progress

Aegerter will be the rider with experience from the WorldSBK paddock in the GYTR GRT Yamaha team with Gardner, having spent two seasons competing in WorldSSP for Ten Kate Racing Yamaha. He stormed to the title in the 2021 season in his rookie season, following in the footsteps of now-Yamaha stablemate Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) in 2020 with the Italian rider stepping up to WorldSBK after his first title success.

Aegerter remained in WorldSSP for the 2022 season with Ten Kate Racing and currently leads the Championship ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) by 36 points with four rounds remaining as he goes in search of his second consecutive title. Regardless of the outcome of the 2022 WorldSSP season, the Swiss rider will be on the WorldSBK grid as he joins the GRT Yamaha outfit for his debut in the Championship.

The Swiss rider has also competed in MotoE™ in 2020, 2021 and 2022, finishing third, second and first in his respective campaigns in the electric racing series, while his 2022 campaign also added a Suzuki MotoGP™ test at Misano in place of injured 2020 MotoGP™ Champion Joan Mir. Aegerter has experience of Superbike machines in his career after taking part in the Suzuka 8 Hours race on several occasions, claiming two podium finishes. Aegerter also has plenty of experience from his Moto2™ and 125cc World Championship days as he looks to make a name for himself in WorldSBK, having spent a decade in Moto2™.

Discussing his move to WorldSBK for 2023, Aegerter, who will become the first Swiss rider since Dominic Schmitter in 2019 to race in WorldSBK, said: “I’m super happy to join Yamaha in WorldSBK next season. It is a great opportunity for me, and a fantastic reward for the World Championship title last year and for leading WorldSSP this year. I’m looking forward to riding for the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team, and racing alongside Remy Gardner who, as a Moto2™ World Champion and current MotoGP™ rider, will be a strong teammate.

“I can’t wait for the first test aboard the Yamaha R1 as it’s clearly a competitive bike, with Toprak racing it to the World Championship last year and in the title hunt once again this season. I am happy to have this opportunity, and I want to thank Yamaha and the GYTR GRT Yamaha Team for believing in me. I will give it everything I have next season, but for now my focus is on securing a second successive world title in WorldSSP.”

HIGH HOPES: The “obvious choice” to fill a Yamaha WorldSBK seat

Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager, Andrea Dosoli, was full of praise for Aegerter as the Swiss rider gets set for his maiden WorldSBK campaign in 2023. He said: “Ever since he entered the paddock, Dominique has shown that he is one of the top talents, and it was clear from very early on that he was ready for his WorldSBK chance.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t an opportunity to give him that chance in 2022, but when a seat became available for 2023 then Dominique was the obvious choice to fill it. Not only has he impressed with his pace, race craft and consistency, but he’s also shown the determination and drive needed to be competitive at this level. He’s shown throughout his career that he’s able to adapt very quickly to new machinery, and we’re sure that this ability will pay dividends for him when he steps up to race the Yamaha R1 WorldSBK next season. We’re very much looking forward to seeing what he can do. I’d also like to thank Kohta Nozane for his contribution over the past two seasons. He faced many challenges in WorldSBK, but he did so with a positive attitude always. We wish him all the best for the future.”

JOINING A PODIUM-CONTENDING TEAM: Can Aegerter add to their tally?

The GRT Yamaha squad made their WorldSBK debut in 2019 after lots of success in WorldSSP, after taking a title in 2017 with French rider Lucas Mahias and backing that up with race wins in 2018. In 2019, the team competed with Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese and the team were immediately on the rostrum with Melandri putting them on the podium in their first ever race. A change of line-up followed for 2020 with Garrett Gerloff joining the team alongside Federico Caricasulo. Gerloff did add to the team’s podium count, scoring at least one in every season. After three seasons with GRT Yamaha, Gerloff will make the switch to BMW colours for 2023 while Kohta Nozane’s two-season stint with the team will come to an end at the end of the year.

Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2022 in News

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