An exclusive interview with Dominique Aegerter, who finished a career best fifth (and top Suter) in this year's Moto2 World Championship, riding for the Technomag carXpert team.
Aegerter has scored points in every race since round two of the 2012 season...
What was your route into racing?
My parents own an engineering workshop for cars and bikes, they bought me a small bike when I was three years old and I started riding around the workshop on that. When I got to five years old I took part in my first Motocross race. It was my father who first suggested that I went racing and I was really happy to agree.
I raced Motocross until I was 13 and was Swiss champion when I was nine years old. It was at 13 that I changed to road racing on a 125 in Germany. For Swiss riders it's normal to continue our racing career in Germany because we don't have any racetracks in Switzerland and the closest ones are there. In terms of the level the best championship for getting into GPs is in Spain but the German series is close by and my first language is German.
Also we have some contacts with people racing in the German championship and they offered us the chance to test a 125 there. They were people that my father had worked for in his engineering business and one of them had a team that he was happy to give me a chance with. It was after that test went really well that I decided to move from Motocross to the German 125 series.
Was there ever a 'plan B'?
When I was in Motocross I was sure I wanted to go into that world championship and when I started road racing I was totally focused on getting into GPs, I wasn't thinking of anything else.
My school was pushing me to have a training to fall back on if I didn't succeed and I was also training to be a motorcycle mechanic after school, but that only lasted for a few months because by then I had started in the world championship.
At that time I was missing a lot of school so I decided with my parents and manager that I would concentrate on the racing and that if there were any problems that I could continue my education later on but luckily I'm still here. In Switzerland that's possible because you can continue your education regardless of age and I was able to come to that arrangement with them.
Over the last two years my results have improved a lot and I'm now able to live from my earnings as a racer so I don't think I'll be going to school any more, and even if I finish racing I'd prefer to continue in some role there such as trainer or team manager.
On your website your racing looks like a family effort, is that true?
Yeah, for sure. My family has been crucial to everything, they've brought me up, supported me and paid for everything until recently. The 125 bike was really expensive, over 100,000 Swiss Francs, and the three years in Germany probably cost 200,000 and they found a way to pay for it all. They trusted me and believed in me enough to make that kind of sacrifice, and I'm hoping they did the right thing.