The double WorldSSP Champion has starred at times with GRT Yamaha in his rookie season and will remain with the Japanese brand for next season
Dominique Aegerter (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) will stay with Yamaha for the 2024 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship after inking a new contract. The Swiss rider secured a promotion to WorldSBK this season after a second successive WorldSSP title and has impressed throughout his rookie season, leading Yamaha to renewing his contract for 2024 and securing his services for a second consecutive season.
The #77 first joined the WorldSBK paddock with Ten Kate Racing Yamaha in WorldSSP in 2021 and won the title after a long fight with Steven Odendaal. Aegerter won 10 out of 21 races in his first title-winning campaign, including two victories at the team’s home round at the TT Circuit Assen. He backed that up with an even more dominant title in 2022, with 17 wins in the 23 races he took part in as he beat Lorenzo Baldassarri. In the same year, he won the MotoE™ World Cup as he claimed two world titles in the same year and headed into WorldSBK as a two-time WorldSSP Champion.
In his rookie WorldSBK campaign, the 32-year-old raised eyebrows as he put his Yamaha YZF-R1 machine on the front row at Phillip Island despite smoking up the rear tyre on his final flying lap, and he also repeated this feat at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Swiss rider has a best finish of fourth in his rookie campaign, narrowly missing out on a rostrum by two seconds behind Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) at Assen in Race 2.
Aegerter also has a wealth of Moto2™ World Championship experience to his name having contested 168 races in the intermediate Grand Prix class, taking one win and one pole position. He tested Suzuki’s MotoGP™ challenger last year and impressed as he stepped onto a Grand Prix machine during his WorldSSP campaign. In 2024, he will be back on the YZF-R1 machine for Yamaha although which team he will race for is yet to be disclosed.
Discussing his renewal with Yamaha, Aegerter said: “I’m very happy to continue with Yamaha for 2024. I hope we can achieve great results and make some history together. It helps to continue with the same bike. We have some data that we collected this year, because WorldSBK has a lot of different electronics. We could adapt the electronics to my riding style, and it helps when we go to the same tracks next year that we already start on Friday with a better basic setup. I will know what to expect from the bikes and the racetracks. I hope we can increase the level and try to make it a better season. The season is still long for 2023 so we will try to achieve some great results. I’m still waiting for a podium; it’s one of my goals for this season. For next year, we’ll try to be better and be in front more often, trying to fight more consistently in the top five to try to be on the front row, and in the first group and to maybe fight for the podium. One day, I want to win a race as well.”
Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager, Andrea Dosoli, added: “It’s been a pleasure for us to see our double Supersport World Champion, Dominique, adapting so quickly to WorldSBK. He has impressed us all, starting from the first race, where he put in a phenomenal Superpole performance to secure a front-row start at Phillip Island. I don’t think there is a better way to introduce yourself to your teammates and rivals! His progression since then has been solid, improving every weekend and finishing as the top independent rider in three races so far. I am confident that he will add to this number before the end of the year, which is why I am pleased to announce the extension of the current agreement for a further season. I wish Dominique and his team all the best as they continue their progression, and we hope they reap the rewards they deserve.”
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