RISE OF ‘THE KRUMMENATOR’
Switzerland’s Randy Krummenacher (Yamaha) was finally crowned FIM Supersport World Champion after a tense final round in Qatar, where he overcame his young Italian teammate Federico Caricasulo (Yamaha) and experienced Frenchman Jules Cluzel (Yamaha) in a three-way battle for the title. Despite some late drama the twenty-nine-year-old was good value for the championship, having led the standings from the opening round of the season in Phillip Island, when he scored the first of four wins, backed up by three second places, from the opening seven rounds.
After a fourth place in round eight at Donington Park, Krummenacher returned to the podium with another second at Portimao before a dip in form opened the door to his rivals. The damage of a first crash of the season in Magny-Cours was limited by the same fate for Caricasulo, who slipped out of the lead, whilst Cluzel could only manage sixth. Cluzel then won the penultimate race in Argentina, as Caricasulo and Krummenacher struggled to fifth and seventh, to set up an unlikely three-way final-round decider under the floodlights of Losail.
Under immense pressure, the former 125cc, Moto3, Moto2 and WSBK rider showed his experience to bring his Yamaha home in fifth place and secure Switzerland’s first ever title in the World Superbike paddock. The self-styled ‘Krummenator’ also follows Swiss compatriots Luigi Taveri (125cc), Thomas Luthi (125cc) and Stefan Dörflinger (50cc and 80cc) as FIM Circuit Racing World Champions.
FIM Supersport World Champion – 2019