Phillip Island (Australia) 23 February 2019
The Supersport World Championship is officially underway, round one of the 2019 season now in progress at the Phillip Island track in Australia. The 4445-metre track is made up of twelve turns, seven left-handers and five right-handers. As in previous years, the main issue that riders and teams find themselves dealing with at the track relates to tyre wear. Race direction have therefore taken the decision, together with the Pirelli technicians, to run the Supersport race according to the “flag to flag” rule, which means that all riders have to stop for a mandatory tyre change between lap six and ten, the overall race reduced to sixteen laps in length.
Krummenacher was the undisputed star during testing and qualifying. The Swiss rider dominated yesterday’s sessions, stopping the clock on 1’32’777 and rounding out day one in first position. Today, at 12.55 local time (GMT +11), Krummenacher was back on track for the Superpole, a session in which he scored a second-place finish and, as a result, the second spot on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race, which will get underway at 1.15pm local time.
Randy Krummenacher is pleased with the work completed with his team and is confident ahead of the race.
#RK21: “we’ve worked hard over the last days. We’ve continued to improve, and lap times have been consistently fast. I was strong during the tests and yesterday’s free practices and know I have good pace for the race. The Superpole didn’t go as I hoped or as we expected, but it’s fine. I’ll start from second on the grid and will try to give it my all and open the season in the best possible way. The introduction of the “flag to flag” does not just have to do with the safety of us riders, but it also adds extra adrenaline for both the riders and public. I can’t wait to get out on track tomorrow and hope to score a good result for my team”.