18th in qualifying for Randy Krummenacher and Team JiR at Assen

Randy Krummenacher and Team JiR are in 18th place for tomorrow’s Dutch TT.

The 25-year-old Swiss rider found the afternoon session with the hotter conditions trickier as he made a bid for a quick time. Thankfully following the session, meetings with both the suspension and chassis engineers has found why Randy has problems as he approaches the limit on his Team JiR Kalex machine. It is hoped that a series of changes to the set-up of his Moto2 machine should give him an improved and more consistent lap time.

Up at the front, series leader and former Team JiR rider Johann Zarco is in pole position, with reigning champion Tito Rabat in second and Britain’s Sam Lowes in third.

Andrea Viviani, Chief Technician: “Today was difficult in the afternoon because the track was hotter and we have some trouble and we tried to solve it but not able to finish the improvements in qualifying. So, now we are looking at the data and after chatting to the chassis and suspension engineers we think we know why Randy had a hard afternoon. So now we are best preparing for the race and will make changes for warm-up to give Randy more confidence. We already don’t know with the weather forecast if we will have rain but we are focusing on a dry set up until the rain comes. We normally see all the riders close and under a second but the top three today had something extra. That said our rider is still only around four-tenths of a second from the top ten. It really is close.”

Randy Krummenacher, 18th, best lap 1m 38.042s:

“Today could have been better but it is OK. This morning was better for us but the afternoon saw us only able to improve a little compared to this morning and it was not enough to be higher up, so we need to improve more for tomorrow but in general I’m better prepared for the race than the last few races so confident overall. I will check the data and see where I can improve and also I think we can make a step forward with the bike allowing me to enjoy the bike a little more when it is closer to the limit.”

Dutch TT – Qualifying session results:

1. Johann ZARCO – 1’36.346s
2. Tito RABAT – 1’36.633s +0.287s
3. Sam LOWES – 1’36.878s – +0.532s
4. Simone CORSI – 1’37.393s – +1.047s
5. Jonas FOLGER – 1’37.434s – +1.088s

18. Randy Krummenacher- 1’38.042s – +1.696s