Phillip Island (Australia) 24 February 2019
Randy Krummenacher was the undisputed star of this first round of the FIM Supersport world championship. The Swiss rider, having stood out in both the practices and qualifying, got away from the second spot of the grid. A “flag to flag” race, riders were obliged to make a tyre change pitstop between the sixth and the tenth lap. At 1.15pm local time, under the hot Australian sun, the lights went out and the first race of the FIM Supersport world championship got underway. Having made a good start, Krummenacher moved into the lead already on lap two. The team’s strategy saw him come to the pits for the tyre change on lap six. Back on track, the Swiss rider set the fastest lap of the race, on lap nine, stopping the clock on 1’33.267 and earning the “Pirelli Best Lap” award. On lap ten, Krummenacher moved back into the lead and held this position all the way to the line, the Team Bardahl Evan Bros. rider beating second-placed rider Cluzel by 6.157 seconds. A fantastic result for Randy Krummenacher and Team Bardahl Evan Bros who begin the season with great expectations.
#RK21: “It’s been a really exciting weekend. We worked hard during the tests and our efforts have clearly paid off. I know I was fast and that I had good pace, and so I knew I was in with a chance of winning, but it’s always emotional to reach the top step of the podium. I made a good start and that also helped. During the pitstop, the team worked perfectly, respecting the times so that everything went smoothly. The flag to flag doesn’t happen often and so it’s not always easy to get the timing right but luckily the mechanics had practiced, and it all went to plan. Two laps after returning to the track, I set the fastest lap and moved back into the lead. I’ve won the first race of the season and have to thank my team for their impeccable work, and the sponsors who allow me to compete in such a high-level championship. Winning here in Australia is a dream as it all went perfectly, and my wife and kids are here with me. Now we have some days to relax and then it’s back to work, seeing as round 2 is coming up on 17 March at Buriram. I hope to be able to repeat last year’s result in Thailand.”