This weekend, the fifth round of the FIM Supersport World Championship will be held at Donington Park in England. For the first time since 2019, the World Supersport championship is also part of the British WorldSBK round again after the previous edition was attended only by the World Superbike class.
Ten Kate Racing is still in excellent form after the two races at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy were also won by Dominique Aegerter. The Swiss rider has now won seven out of the eight races in 2022 and has finished on the podium in all of them. His lead in the championship is now 54 points and this weekend at Donington Park he will be aiming to extend that margin even further.
On the other side of the pit box, Leonardo Taccini has been working hard to continue his learning curve. The Italian has been troubled by his operated forearm and a foot injury over the last two race weekends but has now had time to recover.
Dominique Aegerter: “We have had a long break in World Supersport, although I have had the MotoE race in Assen in between. The last two weekends I have spent on track with Yamaha and IXS at Spa-Francorchamps and Magny-Cours. The last time I was at Donington Park was in 2009 in the 125cc class. I like the track and it looks like it will be very hot, which is not like the normal British weather although I prefer the hot conditions. The layout of the track is special with a lot of fast and flowing corners, whilst the last part contains a lot of hard braking and hairpins. It will be important to work well again this weekend where we decide the tyre choice on Friday, make sure we qualify on the front two rows on Saturday morning and then fight for the win again on Saturday- and Sunday afternoon. The target is to be on the podium again and try to extend the lead in the championship, the season is still very long. I’m happy to see the team again and hopefully there will be a lot of fans too.”
Leonardo Taccini: “I don’t really know what to expect from Donington Park because it is a new track for me. I can’t wait to be there because from what I have seen it looks beautiful, up until now I have only ridden with the PlayStation. I am curious to see if the hard work that the team and I have done over the past couple of weeks will pay off. It will also be important to enjoy the weekend, I am looking forward to seeing everyone again and start to work.”
Kervin Bos – Ten Kate Racing team manager: “The entire team is looking forward to starting again. It seems, looking at the calendar, that we have had a big break but the team has been busy with all kinds of things these past weeks. Dominique has had another MotoE race weekend and with Leonardo we’ve been to Most in the Czech Republic to test, plus the team has done a lot of homework to get back to performing well here at Donington Park this weekend. It’s a special circuit with beautiful corners like Craner Curves. A lot of drivers and teams have never been here before, but we are fortunate to have a lot of information from the past. We are confident that we are optimally prepared and the team is keen to perform again this weekend. We’ll have a lot of guests in the hospitality and we’re really looking forward to racing at Donington Park.”
After two free practice sessions on Friday and a Superpole session on Saturday morning, the first World Supersport race will start Saturday afternoon at 15:15 local time, 16:15 Central European Time. Race 2 on Sunday afternoon will start at 12:30 local time, 13:30 CET.