Moto2: Sacked Aegerter in war of words with Interwetten team

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Dominique Aegerter has become locked in a war of words with his carXpert Interwetten Moto2 team, after the team issued a statement this morning confirming that they had sacked the Swiss rider after he announced a new deal yesterday for 2017.

Aegerter confirmed yesterday that he will join Danny Kent at the Leopard Kiefer squad for next year – but team bosses CGBM Evolution, who run the carXpert Interwetten squad, says his new deal is in breach of an agreement they already had in place.

“We decided not to engage Dominique Aegerter for the remaining four races of the 2016 Moto2 season. This decision was made following Dominique's signing with another team for the season 2017, while an agreement had been reached with CGBM Evolution a few days earlier.

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“CGBM Evolution would like to thank Dominique for the long collaboration, with highlights including one victory and two fifth positions in the Moto2 World Championship overall classification, and would like to wish him all the best in his future career.”

However, Aegerter has released a statement refuting the team’s own statement, saying that he can’t understand how he is in breach of contract.

"I can't understand the reaction of the team and it is also hard for me to accept it. I am very, very disappointed. In my opinion, I didn't anything wrong when I signed with another team. This contract includes all the prerequisites I wanted to create for the next season. Apart from this, I have a valid rider contract with my current team, which I would have like to meet it until the end of the season and as always I wanted to give my best during the last races.

"However, it is a very unattractive end of this long-term cooperation. The farewell in this way from my mentor and sponsor, Oliver Metraux, I feel very sorry for it. On the other hand, together with my manager Robert Siegrist, we tried everything to fulfil my contract until the end of the season. So I only can hope that there will be something else for the last races this year.”

Iker Lecuona, who replaced Aegerter at Silverstone and San Marino following a shoulder injury, will now take over at carXpert Interwetten for the final four rounds of the year.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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