Dominique Aegerter deplores the lack of luck in 2022

Ten Kate Yamaha rider Aegerter finished the championship with one round to go this month in Argentina, with a third place in race two at El Villicum, giving him an unassailable points advantage over his most competitive rival. close Steven Odendaal.

He follows in Andrea Locatelli’s footsteps in winning the Supersport crown – but unlike the Italian, who was promoted behind the wheel of a factory Yamaha to the WSBK for 2021, Aegerter is expected to remain in the intermediate class for a second season. .

As he hopes for a possible graduation in 2023, Aegerter admitted his frustration that a dominant title race that yielded 10 wins was not enough to convince a WSBK team to take a chance on him.

“I’m a little disappointed because a few weeks ago you could see that I could be champion, also with 10 wins, and every rider wants to ride, whether in MotoGP or Superbike,” Aegerter told . “I tried everything but I didn’t have the chance to go.

“I don’t know if it’s because I’m Swiss or because I’m 31, but next year I’ll stay [in SSP] in the same team and I hope we can move on to World Superbike together with a factory bike [in 2023]. “

Aegerter was a mainstay of the Grand Prix paddock between 2007 and 2019, initially in the 125cc class before moving to Moto2 in 2010.

His best ranking in the championship was the fifth, which he achieved in 2013 and 2014, but he had only one victory in the intermediate class at Sachsenring in the last season, losing a second to Misano in 2017 due to disqualification for technical infringement. .

Aegerter moved up to the MotoE class in 2020, finishing third in the standings, and combined his Supersport commitments this year with a second campaign in the all-electric series that even forced him to skip the Barcelona SSP round.

“It’s very emotional because a lot of people think it’s an easy life, but it’s hard work,” Aegerter said. “I trained every day to make this moment a success and there are a lot of people supporting me, the sponsors, the team, the family.

“This season we were able to put it all together and I made my dream of being world champion come true. We have had very difficult years, and this sport is very dangerous with [the chance of] injuries and stuff like that. To be world champion is something very big. It’s incredible.”

As it stands, only young Sammarinese Luca Bernardi has made a deal to move from Supersport to WSBK in 2022 after signing a two-year deal with satellite team Barni Racing.

Philipp Oettl is also seen as a strong contender to take the leap, with races at Go Eleven Ducati (now deemed unlikely to move to Yamaha machines), Orelac Kawasaki and Pedercini Kawasaki still open.

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