The Bardahl Evan Bros WSSP Team has completed round eight of the Supersport world championship at Donington Park in the UK with its riders Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher.
Yesterday, the Italian rider scored his second Superpole of the season to line up from pole position today, while his team-mate, eleventh in qualifying, gota way from fourth. The 20-lap race took place in cool but sunny conditions.
Caricasulo made a very fast start from pole and led the way for the first two laps. On lap three, Federico moved up into third, in close contact with the leading pair. The Italian held third until five laps from the end, when he set the fastest lap of the race (1’30”850) and moved into second place. In the final stages, Caricasulo was unable to reach Cluzel and mount an attack, crossing the line in second place.
Krummenacher ran an incredible race. Tenth at the end of lap one, Randy began to make a great recovery. Pushing to the max, the Swiss rider was up into fourth by mid-race, a short distance behind the leading trio. Maintaining fantastic pace, Krummenacher reached the leaders in the final stages but his worn tyres didn’t allow him to mount an attack and he therefore crossed the line in what was nevertheless an incredible fourth place.
In the championship standings, Krummenacher maintains his lead with 173 points, followed by Caricasulo with 158 and Cluzel with 132.
The next Supersport world championship round will take place from 6-8 September at the Portimao track in Portugal.
Donington Park – UK - Supersport world championship
Race: 1) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 2) Caricasulo (Yamaha) – 3) Mahias (Kawasaki) – 4) Krummenacher (Yamaha) – 5) De Rosa (MV Agusta)
Randy Krummenacher: “A very tough race. At the end of lap one I was tenth, and it wasn’t easy to pass those in front of me. I pushed to the max and in the final stages, when I saw I could reach the leading group, I increased my pace and got close to them. My tyres were worn as a result of my recovery, so I couldn’t pass them and finished fourth. A good result that allows me to retain my championship lead. Now we have a long break before testing at Portimao in late August, but I won’t stop training and will be ready for the final phase of the championship. Thanks to the team for giving me a bike that allowed me to run a great race”.
Federico Caricasulo: “I started well and was up in the leading group. Up until mid.race I wasn’t very fast but I then increased my pace and set the fastest lap of the race. On the last lap I was really close to Cluzel and tried to attack him, but I saw I’d have to risk too much and so I focused on second place and the important points, especially considering Randy’s result. Now we’ll rest a little before the Portimao test. Big thanks to my team for having given me such a fast bike”.