Ten Kate Racing celebrates their return to the top of the WorldSSP championship after Dominique Aegerter successfully won a tenth title for the team, seven years after his last stint at the top of the intermediate class.
Seasoned Swiss rider Aegerter was a class act on the Ten Kate Yamaha R6 in his debut WorldSSP racing season, with the former Moto2 race winner combining his commitments with a stint in the MotoE World Cup that nearly knocked him out of the game. earned that title also.
While that success was hampered by a last-round clash with Jordi Torres that led to him being penalized by the Stewards, Aegerter’s journey to the WorldSSP crown – his first international success in 15 years of testing – was much more definitive, with a series of nine victories. out of ten races that propelled him to the front, he would have managed to win the title with one round to lose.
A great career moment for Aegerter – who beat another former Moto2 rival Steve Odendaal in first place – it is also a historic return to glory for his Ten Kate Racing team, which recalled the dominant days of the start of the 2000s with his first title since Michael van der Mark won the 2014 championship.
Ten Kate ends her long road to the top
The Dutch team was the dominant force in WorldSSP between 2002 and 2014, winning a record nine titles – including seven in a row – while competing as a Honda customer alongside its WorldSBK effort.
The team was tasked with helping launch the careers of an impressive list of world championship-winning riders; Karl Muggeridge, SÃ©bastien Charpentier, Chris Vermeulen, Kenan Sofuoglu, Andrew Pitt and Michael van der Mark, while Jonathan Rea also started his international career with the team in 2008 before moving to WorldSBK.
This, however, is his first since breaking up with Honda before taking a sabbatical and returning as a Yamaha customer in 2020.
Ten Kate’s return to the top is all the more fitting as it comes in the final season of the long-standing set of regulations based on the 600-675cc formula that has served WorldSSP for much of its time in the WorldSBK Support Program.
An increase in the authorized displacement will allow new sports motorcycles to be homologated under WorldSSP rules, including the Ducati Panigale V2, as well as the entry Triumph 765cc based on the Stree Twin and also the MV Agusta F3 800.