The seventh race of the Supersport world championship ran at the Misano World Circuit today. For today’s race, the team’s riders raced with a special livery on their suits and Yamaha bikes, to celebrate 80 years of Bardah, the team’s main sponsor. Bardahl is a brand that, over the years, has become synonymous with high-quality lubricants and additives. The company was founded in 1939 in Seattle, USA, by a Norwegian immigrant by the name of Ole Bardahl.
In yesterday’s Superpole, the two Bardahl Evan Bros. riders Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher scored second and third place respectively, results that saw them start from the front row of the grid in a race that took place in hot and sunny conditions.
The Bardahl Evan Bros. riders both made a very good start, but didn’t force their rhythm in the opening stages, positioning behind Mahias. During the course of lap three, Krummenacher made his move and took the lead, with Caricasulo overtaking Mahias on the very next lap to move into second behind his team-mate. Over subsequent laps, the two riders took turns at the front of a group comprising five riders. In the final stages, it was Caricasulo who was out front, but during the course of the last lap, Krummenacher passed him and was able to score his fourth victory of the season, and his seventh consecutive podium in seven races. Caricasulo crossed the line in second place, just 0.084 of a second behind Randy.
In the championship standings, Krummenacher consolidates his lead with 160 points, followed by Caricasulo with 138.
The next round of the Supersport world championship will take place from 5 to 7 July at Donington Park in the UK.
Misano World Circuit – Italy – Supersport World Championship
Race: 1) Krummenacher (Yamaha) – 2) Caricasulo (Yamaha) – 3) Mahias (Kawasaki) – 4) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 5) Okubo (Kawasaki) – 6) Gabellini (Yamaha)
Randy Krummenacher: “I’m really pleased. Winning here at Misano in front of my family and fans is truly fantastic. I want to thank the team for giving me a great bike. It was a very difficult race because the track was really slippery. On the last lap, I had to push to the max to pass Federico but I managed it, and this confirms that I’m really on form right now. But now we pocket this win and start to focus on the next round at Donington, a track I really like”.
Federico Caricasulo: “It was a difficult race as there wasn’t much grip and the bike was sliding around. I tried to conserve the tyres for the last laps and moved into the lead as planned in the final stages. Randy was aggressive through the last two corners though and got past me and I was unable to get back in front. I’m sorry because I would have liked to win in front of my public. I will try to make up for it at Donington. Thanks to my team as they’ve all worked really hard for me this weekend”.