Aegerter moves up to WorldSBK in 2023 with GRT Yamaha

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Reigning WorldSSP Champion and current series leader Dominque Aegerter will step up to WorldSBK with GRT Yamaha for the 2023 season.

Aegerter enjoyed an utterly dominant maiden campaign in the WorldSSP class last year and has continued to be the rider to beat aboard his Yamaha R6 in 2022. Since his arrival in the WorldSBK paddock, the Swiss rider has demonstrated relentless pace and consistency, while his work ethic and commitment make him the perfect fit for Yamaha’s WorldSBK line-up next year.

“I’m super happy to join Yamaha in the WorldSBK championship next season. It is a great opportunity for me, and a fantastic reward for the world championship title last year and for leading the WorldSSP series this year,” said Aegerter.

“I’m looking forward to riding for the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team, and racing alongside Remy Gardner who, as a former Moto2 world champion and current MotoGP rider, will be a strong teammate.

“I can’t wait for the first test aboard the Yamaha R1 as it’s clearly a competitive bike, with Toprak racing it to the world championship last year and in the title hunt once again this season.

“I am happy to have this opportunity, and I want to thank Yamaha and the GYTR GRT Yamaha team for believing in me. I will give it everything I have next season, but for now my focus is on securing a second successive world title in WorldSSP.”

Aegerter brings a wealth of experience, having made his debut on the world stage back in 2006 with two wildcard 125cc World Championship appearances at Estoril and Valencia. Over the next few years, he became a regular top 10 finisher and stepped up to Moto2 in 2010.

His maiden podium came a year later in the Valencia final, with Aegerter going on to score sixth further rostrums, including a stunning victory at the German Grand Prix in 2014. ‘Domi’ twice finished fifth in the Moto2 World Championship standings, and in 2020 he joined the MotoE World Cup grid.

Aegerter demonstrated his ability to adapt quickly to new machinery, finishing third in the standings that year. Then, in 2021, he debuted in the WorldSBK paddock, riding for the Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team in the intermediate class.

Despite having to switch between the MotoE bike and Yamaha R6 throughout the season, Aegerter enjoyed a superb rookie WorldSSP campaign, claiming 10 victories and 15 podiums on his way to the world championship title.

After also finishing second in MotoE that year, Aegerter made another step forwards in 2022, claiming the title in the MotoGP support class with three wins and 10 podiums. The 31-year-old has continued to star in WorldSSP as well this season and currently leads the championship with 12 victories from 16 races.