Doha (Qatar) 27 October 2018
The lights have gone out at the Losail Circuit and the Supersport world championship has drawn to a close, Krummenacher rounding out his second year in the 600 category in fourth place.
Randy Krummenacher, having finished Friday’s sessions in third place, and yesterday’s free practice in second, was unable to find the same feeling in Superpole2, a session that saw him close eleventh. Arriving in Qatar in third place in the standings, his position was snatched back by Frenchman Lucas Mahias who, after making an appeal to the CAS, was awarded the 25 points that he had been denied at the end of the Portimao race. That wasn’t the only surprise today though, as Doha, and particularly the area around the Losail circuit, was hit by a violent storm at around 2pm local time, shortly before the start of the warm-up. Many structures were damaged and the track became treacherous. Race direction subsequently delayed the start of both the warm-up and the race. The riders took part in warm-up on a wet track, before the race eventually got underway at 6.45pm local time. The 12-lap race turned out to be extremely hard-fought and was run in tricky conditions, with water and sand on certain sections of the track.
Krummenacher, from eleventh on the grid, made a good start and moved straight up into sixth place, a position he held to the line. With Lucas Mahias winning this final race, and following the recent decision of the CAS, Krummenacher finished the season in fourth place.
The Team Bardahl Evan Bros. rider, not fully satisfied with these recent happenings, nevertheless sees the positives of this 2018 season.
#RK21: “My second season in Supersport 600 comes to an end. It’s a category I really like and one I will compete in once again next year, remaining with Team Bardahl Evan Bros. This was our first year with Yamaha, a bike with great potential and one with which we’ve gained a lot of experience. Today’s race was difficult; the track was dirty and wet in some places and I tried to get the best out of a tough situation, particularly seeing that I started eleventh. We learned a lot in this race and I feel we’ve taken another step forward. Unfortunately, I was penalised by the decision of the CAS with regard to Mahias. I haven’t yet understood the reasoning but if things had stayed as they were after Portimao, I would have finished with the bronze medal overall. No regrets anyway, I’m looking ahead to next season. I and the team will be starting with more experience and this will help. I want to thank my team for their hard work, my sponsors for having given me the chance to participate in such a high level championship and, last but not least, my family that always supports me at home and at the track”.