The tenth race of the Supersport world championship seasons took place at the Nevers Magny-Cours circuit in France today. The rain that characterised the first two days of the event gave way to sun today, the race taking place on a dry track.
Following the results achieved in yesterday’s Superpole, the two Bardahl Evan Bros. riders lined up on the second row of the grid, Federico Caricasulo fifth and Randy Krummenacher seventh.
The race got underway as scheduled in the late morning but an incident involving three riders at the first corner caused race direction to halt proceedings with the red flag.
Roughly thirty minutes later, the race was restarted though shortened from the original 19 laps to just 12. The race turned out to be an extremely unlucky one for the Bardahl Evan Bros. team.
Both riders got away well, but during the course of lap one, Krummenacher, who was running up front, suffered a highside that fortunately left him with no injuries but saw him forced to retire from the race.
Caricasulo had also made a good start and moved into the lead on lap two. Federico maintained a good pace and built a slight lead over his rivals but unfortunately, during the fourth lap he too suffered a crash. Caricasulo was able to get back on the bike and continue the race, albeit in last position, but in trying to make up lost ground, Federico pushed too hard and crashed for a second time, unable to continue.
With two races to go until the end of the season, Krummenacher maintains the championship lead with 193 points, followed by Caricasulo with 183. Cluzel is third, 28 points behind the Italian.
The next round of the Supersport world championship will take place over the weekend of 11-13 October at the San Juan Villicum circuit in Argentina.
Nevers Magny-Cours circuit – France – Supersport world championship
Race: 1) Mahias (Kawasaki) – 2) Vinales (Yamaha) – 3) Badovini (Kawasaki) – 4) De Rosa (MV Agusta) – 5) Okubo (Kawasaki) – 6) Cluzel (Yamaha) ……. n.c.) Caricasulo (Yamaha) …… n.c. Krummenacher (Yamaha)
Randy Krummenacher: “It was a very strange crash. I really wasn’t pushing and just wanted to still with the leading group, when I found myself catapulted into the air for no apparent reason. Luckily, I didn’t hurt myself and the standings haven’t changed much. I’m still leading and am intent on fighting for the title right to the end. I’m sorry how the weekend ended for the team too, as they’ve really been a great support this weekend”.
Federico Caricasulo: “I felt comfortable on the bike. I was leading and had built a slight lead over my rivals. It was all going well under I suddenly lost grip and crashed. I tried to continue the race but in pushing to make up positions I probably overdid it and crashed for a second time, and after that I couldn’t go on. A pity, because I lost an opportunity. Anyway, considering that Randy didn’t score points either, the situation remains more or less as it was and I’ll try again in Argentina. Thanks to my team and all our sponsors”.