After heavy rain played a starring role at Imola, the Jerez welcomed the Supersport world championship riders with bright sunshine on day one of this sixth round. Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo currently lie in first and second place in the championship and are keen to repeat the performances since in recent races also at Jerez.
This morning’s first free practice session saw the Bardahl Evan Bros. riders take an early lead, with Caricasulo (1’41”970) finishing first, followed by just 0.026 of a second by Krummenacher (1’41”996). The pair closed more than a second ahead of the third-placed rider, both lapping roughly two seconds quicker than the track record (1’43”922) and one second quicker than the fastest lap at Jerez (1’42”969).
The afternoon session was a repeat of the first, with the Bardahl Evan Bros. riders again leading the way. Caricasulo improved by a few tenths, setting a best time of 1’41”948 to reinforce his position at the top of the timesheets. Krummenacher lapped with practically the same time as the morning (1’42”260), closing second.
Tomorrow morning both will take part in the final free practice session, followed by the Superpole which establishes grid positions for Sunday’s race.
Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto – Spain – Supersport 600 world championship
Combined free practice results: 1) Caricasulo (Yamaha) – 2) Krummenacher (Yamaha) – 3) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 4) De Rosa (MV Agusta) – 5) Mahias (Kawasaki) – 6) Gradinger (Yamaha)
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Randy Krummenacher: “A positive day, in which we’ve tried many things. At first, we focused on lap times and then also on the strategy to use in the race, and I think that work has been very productive. Even in the afternoon sun the bike was working well and to closing Friday’s practice just a few thousands from first is a result that gives me great confidence ahead of tomorrow and the race. Thanks to my team that has worked very well again today”.
Federico Caricasulo: “A good day during which we worked hard and with great results. My bike is not exactly as I want yet and isn’t giving me the right sensations. During the afternoon, the track was slower due to the heat and we try to adapt the bike to the altered conditions. We still have work to do on the set-up to use when it’s hot, but we’re on the right path. Everything we worked on at home is working and so we just need to continue to give it our all, as we did today. Thanks to my team for all their support”.