Aegerter and Suzuki, what if… – GP Inside

Aegerter and Suzuki, what if… – GP Inside


Dominique Aegerter completed 33 laps on a Suzuki GSX-RR at Misano. “A dream come true”, which also matches Suzuki’s desire to line it up at the Aragon Grand Prix in the event of Joan Mir’s withdrawal. But his busy schedule is a hindrance on this road.

Invited by Suzuki to take part in the Misano test, Dominique Aegerter left the Italian circuit with a big smile on his face after completing 33 laps on Tuesday morning. The opportunity presented because of the package of the chief pilot, Joan Mir, and the test pilot, Sylvain Guintoli, were both injured. Being present for the final of the 2022 MotoE World Cup, contested and won two days earlier, he took the opportunity to take this opportunity, before going to Magny-Cours for the seventh round of the Supersport world championship.

The rookie of the test, the Swiss did well as he was able to drop to 1’33.907 minutes, 2.376 seconds off the best time of the morning, then he was held by Aleix Espargaro with 1’31.531 minutes. A far from ridiculous gap for the first time, especially since other riders have completed three days of MotoGP riding here, while he was riding MotoE. He even ran 1.321 seconds faster than Kazuki Watanabe’s personal best, replacing Joan Mir during the Grand Prix, he clocked 1’35.228 in the race – faster than practice.

Dominique Aegerter’s performance is impressive, and Suzuki informed him that the handlebars could be handed to him at the Aragon Grand Prix, should he again pull away from Joan Mir. The event takes place from September 16 to 18, with no races on the agenda that weekend. But there is a catch: he must, the following week, play the eighth stage of the World Supersport at the Barcelona-Catalonia circuit. He rode there for the Ten Kate Racing Yamaha team, backed by Japanese factory rival Suzuki, and fought for the world title. Not better, then.

Another problem is the rhythm that such a calendar would entail, as well as the injury risks that this would entail: the Swiss would manage four race weekends in four weeks (MotoE in Misano on September 4, WorldSSP in Magny-Cours on September 11. , MotoGP in Aragon on September 18, WorldSSP in Barcelona on September 25), for a total of seven contested rounds.

If the concept of seeing Dominique Aegerter on the starting grid of the Aragon Grand Prix exists, that this happens seems difficult to imagine in the current state of affairs. But our colleagues from Switzerland In the morning they are already looking ahead, and imagine Yamaha – with whom he rides in Supersport – interested in the idea of ​​offering his services as a test rider in 2023, a role already taken by Cal Crutchlow. Be that as it may, the new MotoE world champion has fully lived up to, at the age of 31, what he describes “a dream come true”.

Aegerter MotoE world champion!