Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Honda) after his victory in the first race at Magny-Cours – on the track that was new to him, he took overall victory, but the fast Swiss is missing at the next event.

The dominator of the WorldSSP 600 and his handicap

Before the start of the season, we asked Dominique Aegerter how he sees his double burden, see on this page under “Interviews + TV”. From that point of view, it was more of a luxury problem if he were to fight for the title in both MotoE and WSSP. But the question was in the room, and he answered it without being able to foresee whether it would really come true. Now the time has come and his team Liqui Moly Intact GP in MotoE made the decision for the Swiss. With that they insisted on their contract, and he will have to drive this massive boom, which weighs well over 200 kg, in Misano instead of defending or even expanding his lead in Barcelona. On the same weekend, the world championship leader actually had an appointment with the Yamaha R6 in Catalonia, but the bad planning by FIM and Dorna thwarted him and his team Ten Kate.

Steven Odendaal (Bardahl Evan Bros Yamaha) from South Africa is Aegerter’s strongest challenger in the fight for the WorldSSP 600 title in 2021. He can make up a lot of points on his opponent at the Circuito de Cataluña in mid-September because he will be missing there.

The Herculean task for Aegerter

Except for Steven Odendaal, the Swiss seem to have no more serious opponents in the title fight. Drivers like Philipp Öttl, Luca Bernardi, Manuel Gonzalez and Jules Cluzel are fast, but they had too many bad results to seriously press the world championship leader. For the French, it was primarily bad luck, as he was partly shot down by his opponents in the race. But sometimes Cluzel simply lacked the last step and the speed to be at the top of the podium in the end. Due to his absence in Barcelona, ​​a good part of Dominique Aegerter’s lead is likely to melt away like ice cream in the sun. Even so, he will still lead the World Championship in Jerez de la Frontera when he arrives in Andalusia. The switch from the much heavier MotoE bikes to the Yamaha R6 is a real Herculean task for him. The “Domi-Fighter” solved this problem so far, and Odendaal will have to defeat him several times in direct combat if he wants to win the third title in a row for the Italian Bardahl Evan Bros Yamaha. Otherwise, the Swiss will do this for Ten Kate Yamaha from the Netherlands.

Luck in misfortune for Aegerter after the crash as a result of Luca Bernardi, who fell in front of him (in the back of the picture with Jules Cluzel, who was also affected). Nevertheless, he was able to fight for victory in the second race after the restart, but was narrowly defeated by the young Spaniard Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team).

His compatriot and the other side of the coin

Before the 2021 season, it was not clear for a long time, where and whether Randy Krummenacher would drive. The 2019 WorldSSP 600 world champion from the Zurich Overland had left his team MV Agusta after just one race in Phillip Island (Australia) and a crash. But not only that, he even accused the team through some media of dishonest machinations, which he shouldn’t have done. Since then, some people in the paddock have called Krummi a dirtier because such behaviour is generally frowned upon in racing. Before the Swiss came back, his mouth was full, which was Randy’s second mistake. As a goal for the coming year, he named the achievement of another title. But despite having the same material as Aegerter, the Krummenator is currently only 9th in the World Cup and has not even gained a third of Domi’s points. He was on the podium only once with race two in Assen, which is of course far too little, given his very immodest announcements before the start of the season.

Randy Krummenacher in the EAB Racing Team Box – in Nevers, it was not enough for him to make it into the top ten twice, so it was not the first time this season that he owed a lot to recommend himself to a top team for next season.

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