San Juan (Argentina) 13 October 2018
The Superbike and Supersport World Championships are racing at the brand-new “El Villicum” track in the San Juan province of Argentina for the very first time. Although the event was much-discussed in recent months, with doubts as to whether the track and infrastructure would be completed on time, the circuit is as good as finished. The track is 4266 m. in length and comprises 19 corners, 11 of which left-handers and 8 right-handers. Teams and riders alike were keen to discover the track, heading out yesterday for the first practice sessions. The Team Bardahl Evan Bros. rider set the second fastest time in session one, before concluding day one in fifth place, securing a place in Superpole 2. At 2.50pm local time today (GMT-3), Randy Krummenacher headed out for the Superpole session, which serves to establish the race grid. The Swiss rider stopped the clock on 1’43.976, scoring a sixth-place finish, so a second row start from him in tomorrow’s 19-lap race, set to kick off at 2.30pm local time.
Krummenacher’s first impressions of the Argentinian track are positive.
#RK21: “This track is really great and very fast. Yesterday we went out for the first time and we had some grip issues for sure, but it’s got better with every exit. Today, compared to yesterday, we’ve all been lapping quicker and are getting a better idea of the track. I’ve worked on the bike with my team, looking for the best set-up and I think we’re at a good point, but I also know we can make another step to get back to the kind of pace we had earlier in the season. Second row isn’t bad and I’ll give it my all to try and finish in the race as well as possible.”