Aegerter obliterates San Juan lap record to take WorldSSP pole position Argentina
The reigning Champion posted two laps that went under the existing lap record to take his seventh pole of the season, top seven under the existing record
It was another record-breaking Tissot Superpole session in the FIM Supersport World Championship as the Championship visited the Circuito San Juan Villicum for the Motul Argentinean Round. Reigning Champion Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) claimed pole position for both Race 1 and Race 2 as he set a new all-time lap record by six tenths of a second, taking his seventh pole position out of ten this season.
RECORD-BREAKING: top seven all under the lap record
Aegerter’s pole lap time was a 1’41.181s and 0.155s faster than his nearest rivals but he also went under the lap record previously having set a 1’41.408s. In fact, the top seven were all under the previous lap record which was set by Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) last season. Aegerter took his 11th pole in WorldSSP as he finished ahead of Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing) in second place, with the Italian setting a 1’41.336s for second spot for his 31st front row starting position. Compatriot Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura WorldSSP) took his first front row start since the 2020 Teruel Round with third, 0.181s off Aegerter’s pace in a tightly-contested Superpole session.
FROM ROW TWO: in the podium fight
Title contender Lorenzo Baldassarri (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) took fourth spot after finding improvements from his Friday pace, lapping 0.210s slower than Aegerter for fourth spot, while Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) in fifth after setting a 1’41.575s claimed fifth spot, with three manufacturers inside the top five. Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) was sixth after showing strong pace on both Friday and in Superpole, going under his existing lap record.
HOPING TO MOVE UP: rounding out the top ten
Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was another who found more time between Friday to move up the order, taking seventh spot ahead of Dutch rider Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team) in eighth place. The top eight were separated by just six tenths of a second, showing how close the WorldSSP field is. Stefano Manzi (Dynavolt Triumph) was ninth as he looks to repeat his success while Peter Sebestyen (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team), who had shown good pace, rounded out the top ten.
HOUSEKEEPING: to note from Superpole
Debutant Bradley Smith (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) took 13th in his first WorldSSP Superpole session, finishing one place and 0.009s ahead of Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing). Oncu’s session was disrupted by a crash at Turn 10 with the Turkish star completing only six laps in the session. The returning Luca Bernardi (CM Racing) was 19th, 1.5s off the pace, on his first WorldSSP Superpole session in more than a year having started the 2022 campaign in WorldSBK.
The top six following WorldSSP Superpole, full results here:
1. Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) 1’41.181s
2. Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing) +0.155s
3. Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) 0.181s
4. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) +0.210s
5. Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) +0.394s
6. Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) +0.508s
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