Portimao (Portugal) 8 September 2019
Round nine of the FIM Supersport world championship, playing out at the spectacular yet tricky track of Portimao, concludes with an excellent result for Randy Krummenacher. The Swiss rider, who suffered a crash on Friday that left him with a fractured big toe on his left foot, was able to once again show his consistency and determination to secure the world title.
The Supersport race got underway at 12.15pm local time, in hot and sunny conditions. Krummenacher started from second position, behind team-mate Federico Caricasulo. After having lost a few positions, he soon made up ground, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap five, with a time of 1’45.373, and moving into second place on lap seven. Having followed Caricasulo for just three laps, Krummenacher made his move and took the lead. At the end of lap thirteen, the Swiss rider took the strategic desigion to let his team-mate past and prepare for an attack in the final stages. Unfortunately, Krummenacher’s strategy was ruined with a red flag, which came out on lap fourteen due to oil on the track, as Krummenacher was lying second behind team-mate Caricasulo. The regulation dictates that, if two thirds of race distance has been completed, then the red flag signals the end of the race, and the final classification is based on the positions riders held in the last sector completed, or the first sector of the track for the Bardahl Evan Bros. riders in this case. Krummenacher therefore finished second, retaining the championship lead with a 10-point advantage over Caricasulo. With three rounds to go until the season, the remaining races are set to be hard-fought but Krummenacher is not giving up and once again proved today that, despite the pain in his foot, he can still be fast and consistent.
The next championship round, and the last to take place on European soil, will take place over the weekend of 27-29 September at the French circuit of Magny Cours.
#RK21: “It was a very tough weekend after Friday’s crash. The pain was bearable at first but then the more time passed, it got worse and became really bad. Yesterday’s Superpole was torture but I was able to score second place. Today, thanks also to the professionalism of Clinica Mobile staff, I felt a little better before the race. Unfortunately, my strategy didn’t pay off though as, unable to break away from my team-mate, I thought I’d let him through and then attack him at the end, but the red flag stopped us on lap fourteen and I had to settle for second place. I’m pleased anyway, because I’m still championship leader with a ten-point lead over Caricasulo with three races to go. I have two weeks to recover before heading Magny Cours and I’ll arrive there feeling positive because I’ve once again proved my consistency and our potential. A huge thank-you to my team for always giving me a really competitive bike.”