Randy Krummenacher suffered another frustrating opening few laps at Mugello today but made another good recovery from outside of the top 20 to score more vital World Championship points.
Randy started in 20th on the grid and lost positions but once again gradually regained the ground he lost while taking advantage of a couple of incidents ahead of him to take 14th place at the flag and secure two more precious world championship points. More importantly, the team and Randy have learned more about their technical package for the next race.
At the front early leader Thomas Luthi crashed out, leaving Tito Rabat to storm away and win his first race of the season from Frenchman Johann Zarco and Dominique Aegerter.
Andrea Viviani, Chief Technician: “I’m happy because Randy works a lot on the bike to understand the new set up and is analysing the potential of the bike. The weekend was hard for us as we started well in FP1 and spent one day looking for a solution to fix some issues with the bike but in the race we solved 95% of the problems and were able to go faster in sections T3 and T4. We now take this forward for the weekend and the next race. The job here was not easy we were not as fast in the practices but this happens when solving issues with the bike and we collected lots of information and we are moving forward with this rider and with this bike.”
14th position, best lap 1m 53.516s:“In the race we saved our weekend a bit – until the race it was a hot weekend. I didn’t expect the heat so much but we need to learn from that and how it affects the bike and set up. We need to improve more things but weekends like this will improve us and move us further forward. We have already found out what we have to work on with bike set up so we need to analyse this and go to Barcelona and move forward again. It was a hard start to the race as I had to get used to the new set up of the bike and have to say I needed a lot of the race to find out how to be more effective in terms of lap time – about five to ten laps in and I could get a better feeling. I wasn’t fighting with the other riders, more with the bike to get more speed and improve position. It’s positive to score more points though.”
Italian Grand Prix Circuit of Mugello – race results:
1. Tito RABAT – 39’40.545s
2. Johann ZARCO – +0.308s
3. Dominique AEGERTER – +5.280s
4. Sam LOWES – +5.554s
5. Luis SALOM – +7.493s
14. Randy Krummenacher- +22.762s
Moto2 World Championship standings after Italian Grand Prix:
1. Johann ZARCO: 109
2. Tito RABAT: 78
3. Thomas LUTHI: 68
4. Sam LOWES: 67
5. Jonas FOLGER: 57
22. Randy Krummenacher: 8
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