Assen (The Netherlands) 13 April 2019
The Assen TT Circuit in The Netherlands is the stage for round four of the FIM Supersport world championship. Extremely cold conditions awaited the teams and riders, temperatures dropping below zero overnight. Krummenacher continues to dominate, at this circuit too, despite it being a tough one, even more so in the tricky weather conditions. The Swiss rider began the weekend by scoring the fastest time in first free practice on Friday, before repeating feat in the second session, despite a minor technical problem forcing him to spend time in the garage, the rider completing only five laps. A handful of laps proved enough though, Krummenacher stopping the clock on 1’38.325 to finish first once again. In the third and final practice, the Team Bardahl Evan Bros rider finished out front once more, proving that he has excellent feeling with his bike. At 11.40 local time, the Tissot Superpole got underway. With a temperature of 5°, riders headed out on track, Krummenacher immediately setting the quickest time. On only his second lap, he recorded a 1’38.010 that was enough for him to secure pole position. A few minutes later the red flag came out due to oil on the track. Riders went back to the garage but while waiting to head back out, unexpected snowfall delayed the session further. At 12:25 the session reopened but Krummenacher, like most of the riders, chose not to return to the track, a decision taken along with his team. The Swiss rider, and current championship leader, will therefore begin tomorrow’s Supersport race from pole position; he looks forward to it with his usual positive attitude.
#RK21: “I’m pleased, I finally have a bike that offers me the best performance in all conditions and so I feel strong and confident even when the weather is not on my side. Yesterday’s practices went well, we worked to set up the bike in preparation for today’s Superpole and tomorrow’s race. In the second practice I wasn’t able to ride a lot due to a minor technical issue which took the mechanics some time to resolve. Aside from that, I was strong and have set the best time. Today in Superpole I was completing my fast lap but had to slow just before the line due to traffic. Then the red flag came out and we all had to head in, and my session finished there. A pity because I would have been doubly happy but it’s all good anyway. Tomorrow I start from pole and hope to bring home a strong result that allows me to retain my leadership in the standings.”