WorldSBK Catalunya: Krummenacher wins among rain chaos

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Just days after chopping in one Yamaha WorldSSP team for another, former champion Randy Krummenacher took his first win for two years at Catalunya this lunchtime.

The Swiss was pushed off track into the first corner and dropped to tenth but a massive rain shower meant everyone had to pit, which threw the race into disarray.

The vast majority came in to change to wets, catching up to the only leading rider still on slicks throughout, Loic Marie Benoit Arbel (Andotrans Team Torrento Yamaha).

The track would dry out again as the rains eased off and Arbel would drop to tenth but then finish sixth as a reward for his gamble.

With no Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) this weekend, Steven Odendaal (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha) led the chasing pack behind Arbel for a while but it was Krummenacher (CM Racing Yamaha) who was first to pass the long time leader, on lap seven, and then run away to win by over 16 seconds. And not from Odendaal.

Both Odendaal and Philipp Öttl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) were penalised for not adhering to the mandatory Pit Intervention Time of 1’21 seconds, coming out too soon after changing to wets. Odendaal’s loss was 25 seconds, which ruined his chance to score strong points in his great rival’s absence.

The Race One podium was thus completed by Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) and Friday fast man Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki).

Fourth was the ever-aggressive Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and fifth Öttl, despite his two second penalty.

With Arbel sixth, Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing Yamaha) was seventh.

The penalty applied to Odendaal put him eighth today, Peter Sebestyen (Racing Team Hungary Yamaha) ninth and the top ten rounded out by Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Yamaha).

One more WorldSSP Race to go at Catalunya on Sunday.

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