Portimao (Portugal), 16 September 2018
Round nine of the Supersport world championship has concluded at the International Algarve Circuit in the south of Portugal.
At 1.45 pm local time, under clear skies and with temperatures of roughly 31°C, the lights went out, marking the start of an action-packed race. During the second lap, Frenchman Jules Cluzel retired after a crash resulting from contact with German rider Sandro Cortese.
Krummenacher, who started sixth on the grid, moved into fifth on the second lap, a position he retained all the way to the line. During lap seventeen, Lucas Mahias, the race leader at that point, was forced to retire when his rear tyre burst. A few seconds later the red flag came out when two riders crashed further down the field. As per the regulation, the race, which should have been 18 laps long, should have been called according to the positions riders held on the previous lap but Mahias received a penalty which saw him excluded from the final result. Krummenacher thus finished fourth, once again scoring important points for the championship. The Bardahl Evan Bros. rider lies fourth in the standings, with the same points as the third-placed rider and just 4 points from second, 20 points from first.
The championship is still wide open, with four riders all within twenty points of each other. The final three rounds, to take place at Magny-Cours (France), San Juan (Argentina) and Doha (Qatar), will undoubtedly be hard-fought.
Krummenacher, who admits he is struggling to find the right feeling with the bike, remains positive and confident though he knows he needs to work hard with the team to find solutions that can help him to ride more effectively and score better results.
RK21: “I’m definitely pleased with the important points and I’m now fourth in the standings but just a few points from second, with the same points as the third-placed rider. It wasn’t an easy race, I struggled with the bike which didn’t give me the right feeling, so I couldn’t give it my all. At times I felt I was battling with the bike rather than with my rivals. This happens, this is racing, and you can’t always have maximum potential. We need to work to find solutions that will allow me to complete three good final races. I thank my team, the guys always work very hard and are very professional in all circumstances.”