The Swiss rider returns to WorldSSP action at the Spanish Round with a 45-point lead in the Championship standings
Despite missing the Hyundai N Catalunya Round due to commitments elsewhere, Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) was able to maintain his lead in the FIM Supersport World Championship standings after a difficult weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for Championship rival Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team).
Odendaal came into the Catalunya Round 62 points behind Aegerter and had the opportunity to close that gap down to as few as 12 points if he had taken two victories in the competitive Championship. However, a Race 1 result of eighth after receiving a penalty for a pit intervention time infraction and seventh in Race 2 meant Aegerter’s Championship lead remained at 45 points.
Aegerter missed the Catalunya Round due to a clash with MotoE™, with the Swiss rider fighting for the MotoE™ World Cup at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”. He was unable to take the title in Italy, with Aegerter now returning to WorldSSP action at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto and the Motul Spanish Round as he looks to claim the 2021 Championship.
Reflecting on the Catalunya Round, which he kept an eye on from afar, Aegerter said: “I think this was the only positive thing, to see the race and to support my Ten Kate team. They did a great job. I saw also that I still have a 45-point lead in the Championship. There are still a lot of races so a lot of points to gain, but I feel strong there. I can’t wait to fly down on Wednesday to the Ten Kate family and see them.
“Of course, I was supporting my team and wishing them luck to win the race or finish in the top ten. Jespersen was on my bike and I think he did a great job. I saw that Odendaal was not that fast. Sure, I hope he doesn’t make any mistakes because I want to win the Championship by fighting on the track. A 45-point lead is nice, but many things can happen and I’m just looking towards the next races, I try to win more races.”
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