Conditions were perfect for the final FIM Supersport World Championship race of the weekend in the Nièvre region, with blue skies above the 2.7-mile French venue – setting the stage for a tense finale to round seven of the championship.
As action commenced, Baldassarri looked to repeat his Saturday performance, taking the lead on the opening lap and held the advantage until lap six. Locked in battle with the Ducatis of Nicolo Bulega and Federico Caricasulo and Yamaha counterpart Jules Cluzel, the Italian fought back, re-claiming the lead on lap nine and immediately picked up the pace.
Meanwhile, from fifth on the grid, championship leader Dominique Aegerter endured a tough start as he was shuffled back to seventh in the opening lap battle. Unfazed, the Swiss rider immediately began his rise through the field, passing Oli Bayliss for sixth. From there, the Ten Kate rider picked off the opposition one by one and eventually joined the leading battle by the halfway point.
Letting his experience come to the fore in what was a highly contested fight for the lead, Aegerter stormed passed Bulega before passing Cluzel two laps later. With his eyes set on the leading duo, the 31-year-old was promoted to second following a mistake for Federico Caricasulo ahead, leaving a head-to-head battle with Baldassarri to unfold as he took the lead.
Defending from Baldassarri up until the last lap, the Italian made a mistake at the Chateaux D’Eau, crashing out of contention, resulting in a fifth-place finish for the former Moto2 rider.
After announcing his retirement in the lead up to the French round, Jules Cluzel made his podium return in second place after getting the better of Bulega in the closing stages, whilst wildcard star Valentin Debise stormed to fourth ahead of Baldassarri.
Andy Verdoia secured more points for his championship quest in 13th whilst stand-in rider Simon Jesperson narrowly missed out on a top-15 finish. Unai Orradre battled hard on Sunday to make up for a technical issue on Saturday. The young Spanish rider ended race two in 19th.
25 points sees Aegerter extend his series lead to 19 points, sitting atop of the standings with a 286 points total.
The FIM Supersport World Championship returns to action at round nine eight for the Catalan round on the 23-25th September.