Dominique Aegerter capped a superb 2022 World Supersport campaign by taking victory today, overcoming an intense battle at the front in Phillip Island.
Following a heavy rain shower on Sunday morning, track conditions at the Phillip Island circuit dried up ahead of Sunday afternoon’s 18-lap encounter, despite dark clouds looming above the 4.4km venue.
With Aegerter and Baldassarri starting the race from fourth and fifth on the grid, the pair made a strong start and worked their way to the front in a fiery opening lap exchange. With the duo running first and second, a fierce battle pursued, with the two Yamaha riders trading places until the Swiss rider consolidated his lead on lap seven.
With the halfway stage approaching, the 32-year-old picked up the pace, extending his advantage at the front to over two seconds, ultimately taking the chequered flag first for the 17th time in 2022.
Meanwhile, Baldassarri was forced to relinquish second place in the closing stages, as he ends the season on the podium in third before joining Aegerter in the Superbike class next season.
Andy Verdoia enjoyed a strong end to his season as he finished in ninth place ahead of Glenn van Straalen and the retiring Jules Cluzel who narrowly missed out on a top-ten in the final race of his illustrious career.
Peter Sebestyen, Simon Jespersen and Ondrej Vostatek all secured points in their final races of 2022, while Leonardo Taccini overcame a grid penalty for an incorrect tyre pressure to finish 19th with Marcel Brenner and Unai Orradre bringing up the rear.
The 2022 FIM Supersport World Championship saw Yamaha secure the triple crown with the R6 as Aegerter and Ten Kate secured the riders’ and teams’ championships, while Yamaha confirmed the manufacturers’ championship at Portimao earlier this season.
The FIM Supersport World Championship will enjoy an intense winter schedule before returning to action in 2023, with Phillip Island kickstarting the new season on February 24-26th.