Supersport: Aegerter doubled Assen

The reigning champion already occupies the lead in the general classification

Van Straalen, Bulega, Baldassarri and Oncu share podiums in the Netherlands

It is often said that size does not matter. The famous maxim was reaffirmed two weeks ago at the opening of the Supersport World Championship when the Yamaha R6s clearly dominated the new larger motorcycles now licensed in the category.

The second race of the season, which took place this weekend at the Assen TT Circuit, confirmed that the 600cc Supersports had not said their last word, much less.

Superpol

As of Saturday morning, reigning world champion and co-leader of the championship, Dominique Aegerter, set the tone for next weekend during qualifying. The Swiss all agreed during the Superpole to break the Dutch circuit record in 1’36.906 and put more than 45 cents ahead of his first pursuer Can Oncu, himself with a Kawasaki ZX-6R.

A Grand Prix defector, Nicolo Bulega managed to place his Ducati Panigale V2 in the front row ahead of Federico Caricasulo. On the French side, Jules Cluzel placed 10th and Andy Verdoïa 15th.

Race 1

At the start of the first race, Aegerter negotiated his take-off perfectly and took the lead in the race, but was quickly overtaken by Bulega and then by Glenn Van Straalen who spent most of the race leading the way. of your local audience. The Swiss, however, gradually narrowed the gap with the Dutch throughout the race to finally find the opening in corners 13 and 14 of the 14th lap, just before the timing point.

As a result, an incident involving Tom Booth-Amos and Marcel Brenner caused the race management to raise the red flag. Retaining the last crossing points, it is Aegerter who inherits the victory, his 12th in the category and 120th in Yamaha, with a 0.081 s advantage over Van Straalen. Bulega completed the podium ahead of Jules Cluzel and Federico Caricasulo. A pity for Verdoïa who, a victim of compartment syndrome, was unable to take the start of the race.

Race 2

This time, could the race reach the end of its 18 laps? But in the beginning, Aegerter failed and fell back to 4th position, while Can Öncü took control. The Turk held this position until the seventh lap where he was overtaken by Lorenzo Baldassari, himself taken by Aegerter a lap later. From then on, the Swiss dug a small gap to win by more than two seconds ahead of the Italian. Uncle completes the podium.

Malfunction, on the other hand, for Jules Cluzel and Glenn Van Straalen, both involved in a fall on the first lap. Tom Edwards and Adrian Huertas had to retire. In addition to Verdoïa, Peter Sebestyen had to resign due to a problem in his left shoulder. Tom Booth-Amos was also forced to retire after falling the day before and a left fibula fracture.

In the overall standings, then, Dominique Aegerter takes off, and now has a 30-point lead over Lorenzo Baldassarri, with whom he was tied on points before Assen’s test.

General classification of the Supersport World Championship

  1. 77 – Dominique Aegerter – Yamaha YZF-R6 – 95 points
  2. 7 – Lorenzo Baldassari – Yamaha YZF-R6 – 65 points
  3. 11 – Nicolo Bulega – Ducati Panigale V2 – 56 points
  4. 28 – Glen Van Straalen – Yamaha YZF-R6 – 46 points
  5. 66 – Niki Tuuli – MV Agusta F3 800 RR – 40 points
  6. 61 – Can Öncü – Kawasaki ZX-6R – 32 points
  7. 38 – Hannes Soomer – Triumph Street Triple 765 RS – 31 points
  8. 62 – Stefano Manzi – Triumph Street Triple 765 RS – 27 points
  9. 16 – Jules Cluzel – Yamaha YZF-R6 – 23 points
  10. 64 – Federico Caricasulo – Ducati Panigale V2 – 23 points

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