Dominique Aegerter is pleased to announce that a dream is coming true for him. The reigning FIM Supersport World Champion and current WorldSSP points leader will move up to FIM Superbike World Championship in the 2023 season with the factory supported GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK team.
Dominique Aegerter enjoyed an absolutely dominant rookie season in Supersport World Championship last year, and aboard his Yamaha YZF R6 he remains the rider to beat in 2022. Since arriving in the WorldSBK paddock, the still 31-year-old Swiss has shown relentless speed and consistency, as well as convincing with his approach to work and new tasks as well as with his commitment to make him the perfect addition to Yamaha's World Superbike line-up next year.
Aegerter also brings with him a wealth of experience. He made his debut at world level in 2006 with two wildcard appearances in 125cc World Championship at Estoril and Valencia. Over the next few years, he was regularly placed in the top 10 and was promoted to Moto2™ in 2010.
He took his first podium a year later at the last race in 2011 in Valencia. After that, Aegerter took six more podiums, including an impressive win at the 2014 German Grand Prix. «Domi» finished fifth twice in Moto2 World Championship and in 2020 he moved over to MotoE™ World Cup. In between, Aegerter also gained experience with 1000cc race bikes when he competed at the prestigious «Suzuka 8 hours» several times, finishing on the podium three times with his respective team.
Aegerter proved that he is able quickly to adapt to new race bikes and finished third overall in 2020. He then made his debut in the WorldSBK paddock in 2021, riding for the Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team in the series' intermediate class.
Despite having to switch between the MotoE bike and the Yamaha R6 during the season, Aegerter enjoyed a great WorldSSP rookie campaign with 10 wins and 15 podiums on his way to become World Championship.
After also finishing second in MotoE that year, Aegerter took another step forward in 2022, claiming the title in the electric bike series, which is occasionally held as a supporting program at MotoGP World Championship grand prix events, with three wins and 10 podiums. The 31-year-old rider from the canton of Bern is also a star in WorldSSP this season and currently leads the championship with 12 wins from 16 races.
In 2023, Aegerter will ride a Yamaha R1 in WorldSBK configuration alongside the recently announced Remy Gardner for the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER:
"I am overjoyed to be moving up to Superbike World Championship with Yamaha. With Italian based GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team I will have the best conditions to successfully master this step and reach my next goals in my career. Filippo Conti is an experienced team manager and with Remy Gardner, an ex-Moto2 World Champion and MotoGP rider this year, I could not ask for a better team mate. He will certainly be a strong mate in the garage, plus he is a cool guy who has always remained friendly and down-to-earth. But most of all I am looking forward to my contract, which was signed directly with the Yamaha factory. It is still hard for me to put this situation into words that I got this chance. I think it is a fantastic reward for the World Championship title last year and for my achievements in WorldSSP this year."
"Meanwhile, however, I am already looking forward to the first meeting with the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team and can also hardly wait for the first test with the Yamaha R1. The Yamaha Superbike is a very competitive bike, with which Toprak Razgatlioglu became world champion in 2021, and he is also fighting for the title this year. I am happy about this opportunity, and I want to express my thanks to Yamaha and the GRT Yamaha team for believing in me. I will give everything next season to meet the expectations set for me, but for now I am focused on winning the second successive WorldSSP title. Before that, I want to thank Ten Kate Racing for a great two years with them. We have celebrated incredible successes together, experienced a lot of emotions and are well on the way to achieving our goal again this year. I am indebted to them and Yamaha for everything they have done for me."