Randy Krummenacher and Team JiR endured a difficult weekend that saw them finish outside of the points today at the Catalan Grand Prix.
With the whole team including the rider suffering from the after-effects of a virus over the whole weekend, as well as contending with an electrical problem that cut short their time on Friday, a crash on Saturday and then a lack of rear grip during the race, it was difficult for Randy to bring the bike home, despite an impressive start which saw him 12th on lap one. The team are now analysing the data to see why they were slower than Friday in the hotter conditions of race day. They will now re-group, concentrating on their improved performances in the previous races to be on-form for Assen in The Netherlands in a fortnight’s time.
In the race, pole-sitter Johann Zarco was bumped down the order at the start and 2014 champ Tito Rabat took an early lead, with Alex Rins and Sam Lowes chasing. Zarco eventually caught up with the leaders, taking the lead on the final lap and Rabat went wide to allow Rins through to second. Zarco eventually took the win from Rins and Rabat with Lowes in fourth.
Andrea Viviani, Chief Technician: “It was a disappointing race for us with a rear grip problem so it became a difficult weekend. For some reason we were slower than in FP1 so there has to be an issue somewhere. Race day did give hotter conditions, but this shouldn’t have given us this problem really, but we have to improve this. We had issues with the front of the bike, but improved every aspect of the bike, but rear grip wasn’t an issue until the race so we need to look at and analyse this.”
Randy Krummenacher, 18th position, best lap 1m 47.765s:”It’s been a tough weekend for us. I’m quite disappointed as I had a good start, but I couldn’t push hard at all and had no rear grip and a few times I was close to crashing and I was going slower than at the beginning of the first practice so it was clear we were in some difficulties and at the moment we don’t know why. Before Assen we need to analyse this to come back stronger. We do know things have improved since the start of the year, but we need to improve further.”
Catalan Grand Prix Montmelo Circuit – race results:
1. Johann ZARCO – 41’15.487s
2. Alex RINS – +0.426s
3. Tito RABAT – +1.115s
4. Sam LOWES – +3.914s
5. Luis SALOM – +7.080s
18. Randy Krummenacher- +30.281s
Moto2 World Championship standings after Catalan Grand Prix:
1. Johann ZARCO: 134
2. Tito RABAT: 94
3. Sam LOWES: 80
4. Thomas LUTHI: 78
5. Alex RINS: 74
22. Randy Krummenacher: 8