As the curtains fall on the 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, the traditional Prize Giving Ceremony was held at Losail International Circuit on Saturday evening in Qatar.
World Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), World Supersport World Champion Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) and World Supersport 300 World Champion Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) received their trophies together with the 2019 runner-ups and winners of the championship awards, meaning it was truly a celebration of the year as a whole.
Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) is the new king of the FIM Supersport World Championship, after holding on to his advantage over teammate Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) in the final race of the year.
The middleweight class thus crowns another German-speaking Champion one year after Sandro Cortese’s fantastic achievement as a rookie. Krummenacher is the first Swiss rider to become World Champion in the World Superbike paddock and only the fourth if you include MotoGP™.
2019 was the year that Krummenacher added consistency to his undeniable talent. After promising yet uneven spells in the 125cc World Championship and Moto2™, the man from Zurich landed in WorldSSP with a bang in 2016, winning his first race in the series. It would be his only win that year, but several more promising results gave him the chance to step up to WorldSBK in 2017 alongside Puccetti Racing.
Krummenacher was back in WorldSSP for 2018 and, in a similar fashion to his rookie season, made another instant impact by winning the second race of the year. The BARDAHL Evan Bros. rider starred in an unbelievable comeback at Assen one month later, yet the pieces never quite fell into place for the rest of the year, having to settle for fourth in the standings.
Facing his third year in the class, Krummenacher remained with the BARDAHL outfit as they expanded to a two-rider lineup and the payoff was immediate. The Swiss rider dominated in Phillip Island as he did in his rookie season, leading every single lap, before adding a hard-fought second position in Thailand after battling through from eighth.
Randy Krummenacher said:
This feeling is so great. I’ve been working for 24 years to achieve this goal. It is such a big thing that I still quite can’t realize it. I am thankful to all the persons that have supported me, to my family that stayed behind me even on the bad days, they pushed me to win. Thank you!’
The Swiss reverted his late misfortune and powered through to a career-defining title win. Strength of attitude, a crisp-cool personality and overtakes for days: World Supersport has a Champion to be proud of.
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