Dominique Aegerter is becoming the bugbear of his opponents after snatching victory away from Lorenzo Baldassarri a few corners before the finish line in the second race, similar to the previous day.
With two victories at the Circuit San Juan Villicum in the northwest of the South American country, Dominique Aegerter has moved one step closer to successfully defending his title. Ahead of the final two stops in the championship next month, the 32-year-old Swiss rider has a 72-point lead over his only title rival, Lorenzo Baldassarri from Italy.
On a hotter Sunday in San Juan, it was the latter who also fought for today's victory with Aegerter in the leading group from start to the finish line, after Baldassarri's compatriot Raffaele de Rosa found himself in the gravel bed while leading the race at around halfway point of the stage which was why the leading group was reduced to three riders, consisting of Federico Caricasulo, Baldassarri and Aegerter. While Baldassarri did most of the work leading the pack, Aegerter initially benefited from a mistake by Caricasulo and then immediately attached himself at the rear of his Yamaha mate.
On lap 17 of 19, Aegerter had taken the lead for the first time, but Baldassari immediately had an antidote ready. So, it came to a showdown on the last lap, where Aegerter was not close enough to his opponent at the end of the long straight and was only able to attack in the penultimate corner, and he actually found a gap there.
The penultimate stop of the 2022 FIM Supersport World Championship will be the Mandika Circuit on the Indonesian island of Lombok in three weeks' time.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6)
Grid position: Pole / Race 2: WINNER
"I am over the moon! We had a fantastic weekend here in San Juan, where we got out the maximum of it with pole position and two race wins. As expected, today's race was also a great battle from start to finish. I am sorry for De Rosa that he crashed. I hope he is okay. He would certainly have been a tough nut to crack. On the other hand, Baldassarri has improved enormously compared to yesterday, he had an incredibly strong pace. In addition, both his bike and Caricasulo's were very fast. It was difficult to overtake them both from the slipstream. But I was able to benefit from the small mistakes they made. I prepared very specifically for these races at home, both physically and mentally, so I was able to maintain full concentration over the entire distance to ride very precisely and stay error-free. That certainly helped me to achieve this great victory today. A big thank you to my Ten Kate Racing Yamaha team. They did a great job again and we were very successful this weekend, even if William was missing. He became a father to Stella this morning. So right away my congratulations to him and his girlfriend."
"I was fighting for the win throughout the race, and I also knew I had something in the bag for the last lap. But the Ducatis ride a different line and also having a different handling, which forced me to rethink again and again. Also, I saw that Baldassarri chose a different gear ratio. Our bikes are the same, but the different gear ratio meant he rode a bit differently. Once I could benefit from a mistake when he put the wrong gear at downshifting once. But the next moment he caught up with me again on the long straight. Both he and Caricasulo had an easy time overtaking there, while I had to be a bit more aggressive on the brakes and finding a gap on the inside in corner entry. That was also the recipe for the race-deciding manoeuvre on the last lap to still get those important 25 points. Our cushion is now 72 points. This gives us a reassuring lead in the overall standings ahead of the last two race weekends in Indonesia and Australia. I am looking forward to these tracks, which I like very much. Nevertheless, I am not going to approach the weekend in Lombok any differently than everyone else. I often hear that I was thinking too much about the championship here in San Juan a year ago. But I have to counter that I was very relaxed and very focused then, and I am now either. I train a lot at home and prepare at a very high professional level. That is the best distraction for me."
#ARGWorldSBK - WorldSSP Race 2 (19 Laps):
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 32´34.440
2 Federico CARICASULO / ITA / Althea Racing / Ducati Panigale V2 / +0.667
3 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Evan Bros.WorldSSP Yamaha Team / Yamaha YZF R6 / +0.839
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Yamaha / 424
2 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Yamaha / 352
3 Can ÖNCÜ / TUR / Kawasaki / 216