The opening race of the Supersport world championship played out today at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia. In yesterday’s Superpole, Randy Krummenacher scored second place and a front row start with a time of 1’32”323, while Raffaele De Rosa closed in fifth place with a best of 1’32”894. Ninth position and the third row for Federico Fuligni with a fastest time of 1’33”433. The first race of the season, which took place in sunny conditions and on a dry track, proved unlucky for Krummenacher. The Swiss rider failed to make a good start, went slightly wide at turn one and crashed. Luckily he was unhurt in the incident but his race ended there. A great performance by Raffaele De Rosa who reached the second step of the podium. Raffaele got away well when the lights went out and was lying fourth at the end of lap one. Over the subsequent laps, De Rosa maintained a very strong pace, which saw him climb as far as second place. The team executed a perfect mandatory tyre change, working quickly and allowing the Italian to return to the track in second position. De Rosa maintained his pace through the final stages and earned a podium finish and 20 championship points. Having made a strong start, Fuligni lost a few positions in the early stages due to gusts of wind that almost caused him to crash. Federico then began to push hard, moving up as far as ninth position and scoring important points in the process. The next round of the Supersport championship is set to take place over the weekend of 13-15 March at the Losail track in Qatar.
Race 1: 1) Locatelli (Yamaha) – 2) De Rosa (MV Agusta) – 3) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 4) Perolari (Yamaha) – 5) Mahias (Kawasaki) ……. 9) Fuligni (MV Agusta) ……. n.c. Krummenacher (MV Agusta)
Randy Krummenacher: “I don’t have a lot to say except for the fact it’s been a day to forget. I made a bad start and was running a little wide into the first turn. I thought I’d be able to get through it but maybe the track was a little dirty there and I crashed. I’m sorry for the team of course, as they worked so hard all weekend. We just have to put what’s happened today behind us and focus on the Qatar round”.
Raffaele De Rosa: “It was important to complete the race, because last year I failed to score points after crashing. Maybe if I’d been able to stick a little closer to Locatelli at the start, I’d have been able to do even better, but we’ll take this second-place finish, definitely a positive way to start the championship. The race wasn’t easy due to strong wind and the mid-race tyre change but we all worked well and need to continue in this way”.
Federico Fuligni: “A difficult race also because, with respect to practice, temperatures were higher and the tyres were sliding around more. I made quite a good start, but on lap one a gust of wind caused me to lose traction at the front and lose several positions as a result. I then tried to make up the lost ground and finished ninth in the end. I’m not really satisfied with the result but it’s a starting point as we move forward. Thanks to my team for all their help”.