The reigning Champion had qualified in second place, but a poor start was followed by a crash at Turn 1 in the Race
The 2020 FIM Supersport World Championship got underway at Phillip Island with reigning Champion Randy Krummenacher (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) looking to defend his title. After a fierce qualifying battle with Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) he lined up second for the opening race.
The Swiss rider had a bad start initially and looked to regain positions he lost at the start at Turn 1. The track was dirty on the wide line and he crashed out of the race after losing control of his MV Agusta F3 675 machine. Locatelli would go on to dominate in the race to take a debut victory.
The 30-year-old said after the race: “It all went wrong today from the start of the first corner. I made a mistake at the start; I lost a lot of positions. I thought ‘let’s go wide and make up some positions’ but obviously the track was really dirty, and I lost the front. These things can happen. It’s a day to learn from the mistakes and go forward. I already went forward. I focus on the next race; we know we were very strong here with a young project. We will improve, we will do better.”
Krummenacher showed his pace in qualifying and will be able to use this as a confidence booster heading into the next WorldSSP race. Despite the incident, the reigning Champion will know he has the pace to be challenging at the front of the field as the season progresses.
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