SBK, No British Supersport 600 for Krummenacher, possible ride with EAB Yamaha

Eventual restrictions and complications related to COVID-19 are reported to have prompted the Swiss rider to reject the offer from Triumph and PTR. Agreement with EAB Yamaha close to stay in the World Championship

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There are only a few hours left until the end of 2020 and, if the latter has turned out to be as crazy as it is chaotic, the same thing can also be said of Randy Krummenacher's future. The Swiss rider, fresh from a season that saw him for the most part remain in the pits following the divorce with MV Agusta Reparto Corse, continues to be the man on everyone’s lips. While in recent weeks his move to the new Triumph-PTR Racing Team in British SS600 seemed certain, the cards on the table have been shuffled again due to a probable agreement with the EAB Yamaha Team to stay in the World Championship.

A complicated year

After becoming 2019 World SuperSport 600 Champion with Bardahl Evan Bros, the first Swiss rider ever to achieve this feat, the man from Gossau had opted to move aboard the Varese manufacturer’s bike in an attempt to defend the title. After only taking part in the opening round held at Phillip Island, on July 10 a press release was issued announcing the termination of the contract by virtue of "serious breaches by the company, such as to compromise both the performance of the same and his professionalism and personal safety". Over the following months, Krummenacher was associated with numerous teams from various championships, becoming in effect the hot name in the winter riders’ market: first he was linked with Barni Racing Team, then Davide Giugliano's structure, then the Gas Racing Team and finally the renowned PTR Team. A sensational waltz, but one not entirely out of place...

The attractive offer from Triumph-PTR

The 30-year-old had a big chance of taking part in the UK domestic championship with the PTR Team. Once its relationship with Honda ended, the team run by Simon Buckmaster joined up with the Hinckley-based motorcycle manufacturer for a restart from British SS600, giving life to the Triumph-PTR Racing Team. The operation took full advantage of the regulations that will see the preparatory class for BSB open its doors to motorcycles of different displacements (the result of the collaboration between FIM, MSVR and Dorna), a sort of general test bench aimed at equalizing performance in view of what will happen in the 2022 World Championship. As reported by our Speedweek.com colleagues, Krummenacher was supposed to have participated in the British SS600 aboard the 765 Street Triple RS with the aim of aiming for the crown while waiting for the return in grand style to World Supersport in 2022 with the same team.

An ambitious project on paper, which would be based on a two-year agreement. Despite the strong intention of both parties, with the contract ready to be signed, in the last few days something changed just when it seemed a mere formality: "Until Christmas, we spoke with Randy daily on the phone. After that some problems arose linked to COVID-19, he was afraid of being stranded in the UK - Buckmaster told Speedweek - even if the first tests take place in April, a lot of people will have been vaccinated by then. Anyway I understand his arguments, he simply took a different path. We were close to signing, but I have to accept it."

All eyes on EAB Yamaha

Now that the agreement with Triumph-PTR Racing has faded, the World SuperSport 600 would seem to be even closer for the Swiss. According to the latest rumours, Krummenacher is about to join EAB Yamaha. The Dutch team, now that Bo Bendsneyder has headed off towards Moto2, has every intention of giving him a chance. If confirmed, Krummenacher would ride a YZF-R6, a bike with which he became the 2019 Champion. In short, 2021 is just around the corner, yet news is never lacking.

 

 

 

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