Seven points divide the top three in WorldSSP

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 12:36 GMT

Four different winners in four rounds for 2018

As the FIM Supersport World Championship heads to the historic Imola circuit for the fifth round of 2018, the top three in the championship won’t be relaxing ahead of the next installment of the stunning series. There is all to play for in the series as seven points splits the top three after four races.

Reigning world champion Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) leads the standings, but has been off the rostrum in the last two rounds as he is struggling with corner exit speed. A consistent finisher last season, the French rider is only content with a podium finish this season, and he is already keeping an eye on the championship table. With eight races still remaining on the calendar, he is keen to fix his problem ahead of the next leg of the season. Leading the way, he will be aiming to keep hold of his lead from Imola.

Fellow Yamaha rider Randy Krummenacher (BARDHL Evans Bros. WorldSSP Team) has been the dark horse of 2018 so far, and impressed the whole paddock with a stunning performance at the MOTUL Dutch Round last time out. Starting from the back of the grid, Krummenacher made his way through the full 27 bike field to finish second position. With three podium spots out of four races – one being the win in Thailand – the Swiss rider is a clear title contender. Sitting one point behind Mahias in the standings, he is keeping one eye on the battle as the season continues into the European leg.

Newcomer to the series Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing) is just seven points behind the duo, in third position overall. Impressing the field as he took a podium finish in his debut, the German rider has been adjusting well to the class with two podium finishes and one victory so far. Always running in the top six, Cortese seems to have the consistency perfected but will be looking at taking home more trophies as he hopes to keep the top spot in his sights.

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