This weekend the seventh round of the FIM Supersport World Championship will take place at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in France. After a five-week summer break the season resumes at the French circuit where Ten Kate Racing has achieved successes in the past.
Despite an eventful weekend at the Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic, Dominique Aegerter still leads the championship by fourteen points over his nearest competitor. The Swiss rider has not had a lot of time to rest in recent weeks with the last two rounds of the MotoE championship in which he won the title. The reigning World Supersport champion won the first race at Magny-Cours and finished second in Race 2 last year.
After another points finish in Most, Leonardo Taccini is 22nd in the championship and the target is to score points again in both races in France. The Italian rider has shown progress during the last World Supersport rounds and together with the Ten Kate Racing team he will work hard to continue this growth.
Dominique Aegerter: “The summer break for World Supersport was quite long but I did some MotoE races in between and in Misano I managed to win the championship! Magny-Cours is a nice track and last year we had some success there with a victory and a second place. It’s a nice track which is very enjoyable to ride. I think there will be a lot of fans and sponsors who will come, as it’s quite close to Switzerland. The goal for this weekend is the same as any other, try to fight for the podium and extend the lead in the championship. I cannot wait to see the Ten Kate Racing team again and start working.”
Leonardo Taccini: “The race weekend in Magny-Cours will be the first one after a long summer break so I don’t know what to expect. I cannot wait to ride my beautiful Yamaha YZF-R6 again and work with the team. I have trained a lot in the past weeks so I think I am well-prepared for the second part of the season. Let’s see what we can do.”
Kervin Bos – Ten Kate Racing team manager: “Magny-Cours is the first weekend after the summer break and I think everyone has been looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Dominique has been very busy despite the summer break so I think his race pace will be good. He won the MotoE World Cup and as the icing on the cake he got to test a MotoGP machine, so I expect him to be very motivated. Magny-Cours is a track he likes and the team have worked hard to optimise the package, so we are really looking forward to what the weekend will bring.
For Leonardo, it will again be important to finish in the points twice and continue the upward trend. We will focus more on qualifying to get him further forward on the grid, which is also very important in World Supersport. In the race he always manages to fight his way to the front, but in qualifying there is still room for improvement.
In addition, a large number of sponsors will be present and we hope to be able to provide a good weekend for them. Furthermore, this weekend we will give a small hint for what is to come in Barcelona, where we will present our Motonext project. In short: a lot of nice things in the pipeline and we are very much looking forward to it.”
After two free practice sessions on Friday and a Superpole session on Saturday morning, the first World Supersport race at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours will start at 15:15 on Saturday afternoon. Race 2 on Sunday afternoon starts at 12:30.