Ten Kate Yamaha’s Dominique Aegerter has started round six of the FIM Supersport World Championship season where he left off at Donington Park, taking charge as action kicked off in Most.
Starting free practice one strongly, the Swiss rider overcame an early charge from Evan.Bros Yamaha WorldSSP rider Lorenzo Baldassarri, setting a late session-topping time of 1:35.216, narrowly missing out on the all-time lap record by a mere 0.003 seconds.
As the grip levels increased for free practice two, attention turned to simulated race runs, as the riders re-adjusted themselves and their machines to the recently resurfaced Most venue.
Running inside the top six, Aegerter picked up the pace, taking top position with a 1:35.325, before breaking the all-time lap record with 20 minutes to go, setting a 1:35.146 on his 14th of his 16-lap run.
Returning to action with seven minutes on the clock, the 31-year-old further moved the goalposts, breaking the 1:35 barrier, ending the session with a 1:34.952, +0.080 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.
Lorenzo Baldassarri had a strong start to the weekend as he takes on Most for the first time. The Italian started the weekend strong, featuring inside the top three throughout free practice one. Another strong performance in the second session of the day saw the former Moto2 rider leap to second, before matching Aegerter’s practice one time, ultimately ending the day fourth.
Frenchman Valentin Debise makes his return to WorldSSP this weekend replacing the injured Jules Cluzel in the GMT94 squad. The former Supersport star had an encouraging opening session before placing the fifth fastest time of the day in second practice. Team-mate Andy Verdoia ended the day ninth.
After a tough British round, Dutchman Glenn van Straalen looks to return to podium ways in Most, and started his weekend inside the top ten with a 1:35.716.
Steven Odendaal also returns to action this weekend replacing the injured Alessandro Zetti at Kallio Racing. The South African, who took victory and a second place in last year's encounters, ended the opening day in 12th.
Patrick Hobelsberger and Peter Sebestyen rounded out the top 15, with Spanish bLUcRU graduate Unai Orradre placing 23rd in his first visit to Most on the Supersport machine.
The action continues on Saturday with Superpole at 10:25 to set the grid ahead of the first of two FIM Supersport World Championship races, commencing at 15:15 local time.