As it became known today, on Sunday, the absence of Dominique Aegerter at the start of the second World Supersport race in the Czech Bridge has its reasons. First, this is a head injury sustained on Saturday during a big accident at the start of the race. But on Sunday morning, the Swiss had a chance to return to the ranks. That’s just it… they wouldn’t let him in, and not because he had something wrong with his head.
On Sunday morning, Dominique showed up at the medical center and demanded an examination: he said he felt well and was ready to go to the start. But the Chief doctor of Autodrom Most and the Medical Director of WorldSBK immediately sent the rider to the hospital for an official examination.
After the accident, Aegerter could not get to his feet, complaining of severe dizziness and nausea. He was evacuated from turn 1 on a stretcher. But then, already in the safe zone, it turned out that he could stand straight. And after (it was even filmed during the broadcast) he left the track without assistance, which caused the first suspicions.
Aegerter admitted that he faked the symptoms of a concussion so that the Management threw out red flags and announced the restart of the race
On Saturday, at the medical center of the Autodrom, based on a survey and simple tests, Aegerter was declared unfit to participate in the races. But on Sunday morning, doctors suspected that Aegerter was just faking. At the Bridge hospital, none of the symptoms of the concussion were confirmed, and then Egerter was called to the Stewards for an explanation, and Dominic admitted that he was faking.
The stewards accused Aegerter of unsportsmanlike behavior and… sent him home, “to be treated.” He was banned from Sunday’s race. Moreover, the Directorate decided to publish this story.
As a result, the absence from the races cost the leader of the World Supersport championship 50 points at once: Lorenzo Baldassari, who lost 64 points to Aegerter before the start of the weekend in the Bridge, reduced the gap to 14 points by the end of the day!