Last-ditch Aegerter lap claims top spot on WorldSSP’s opening day at Most

Friday, 6 August 2021 11:57 GMT

The Swiss rider had been in the top five throughout the majority of the day, but a blistering late lap moved him to the top of the timesheets.

The opening day of FIM Supersport World Championship action came to a close on Friday afternoon at the Autodrom Most with Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) stealing the headlines with a stunning last lap effort in FP2 to top the timesheets ahead of the Tissot Czech Round.


Aegerter posted a 1’35.446s to claim to spot on Friday with the Swiss rider, on a run of five consecutive victories in WorldSSP, ahead of Spanish rider Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team). Gonzalez was one of just a handful of riders who did not improve their time in the afternoon, with his best time of 1’35.656s coming in Free Practice 1.

Patrick Hobelsberger (GMT94 Yamaha) was in the top three on his return to the Championship despite a crash at the very end of Free Practice 1 at Turn 21, with the German rider not able to set a lap time in FP2. Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) was fourth, four tenths back from Championship leader Aegerter, as he looks to get back to winning ways.


On his first WorldSSP appearance since 2014, French rider Valentin Debise (GMT94 Yamaha) claimed fifth place, three tenths away from teammate Hobelsberger. Marc Alcoba (GMT94 Yamaha) was sixth after a very strong morning session, with the Spanish rider posting a 1’36.340s in FP1.

Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) will be looking to move up the order as the weekend progresses after putting in the seventh best lap time throughout on Friday, ahead of Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) and 2019 Champion Randy Krummenacher (EAB Racing Team). Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Corse Clienti) rounded out the top ten, more than one second back from Aegerter’s pace.


Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) claimed 11th spot and missed out on a place in the top ten by a matter of hundredths of a second while wildcard Ondrej Vostatek (Compos Racing Team By YART) secured 12th place after Friday’s action, two tenths away from the top ten, with the Prague-born rider impressing at his home round.

Federico Caricasulo (Biblion Iberica Yamaha Motoxracing) was 13th as he replaces Maria Herrera for the Czech Round, while Peter Sebestyen (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) was 14th despite a crash at Turn 16 in FP2. Marcel Brenner (VFT Racing), substituting for Davide Pizzoli, completed the top 15 ahead of Max Enderlein (Kallio Racing), who is standing in for Hannes Soomer.


Vertti Takala (Kallio Racing) was just behind his teammate in 17th place with One Event rider Martin Vugrinec (Ferquest – Unior Racing Team) in 18th place. Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) also had a crash, both in the afternoon Free Practice 2 session, with an accident at the penultimate Turn 20.

The top six after Friday’s action in WorldSSP, full results here:

1 Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) 1’35.446s

2. Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) +0.210s

3. Patrick Hobelsberger (GMT94 Yamaha) +0.332s

4. Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) +0.425s

5. Valentin Debise (GMT94 Yamaha) +0.613s

6. Marc Alcoba (Yamaha MS Racing) +0.894s

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