The title defence is off to a good start for the Swiss rider, although there’s plenty of unpredictability in the air…
The FIM Supersport World Championship testing at Jerez has been completed, with the top riders taking to the circuit on the final day of action. With sunshine blazing through in the middle of the day, times improved significantly, and it was Randy Krummenacher (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) who clinched top slot aboard his MV Agusta F3 675, whilst teammate Raffaele De Rosa and Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) completed the top three.
De Rosa was one of the first riders out on track and soon set the early pace, but teammate Randy Krummenacher was soon on the pace and got ahead of the Italian before the weather closed in on the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto. The Swiss rider needs to focus on garnering as much track time as possible with his new bike, whilst De Rosa looked to push on and challenge his new teammate. Jules Cluzel was up at the sharp end of things on the overall timesheets early on before slipping down later on, finishing third in the class. Cluzel didn’t manage to get out on slick tyres.
Behind them was South African rookie Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) and was pushing on in the morning. Entering his first season in the class and with very little dry track time to help him, it will be an interesting opening few rounds for the former CEV Moto2™ Junior Champion. Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) was fifth in the WorldSSP class and, like teammate Cluzel, didn’t venture out on slick rubber, whilst Jaimie van Sikkelerus (MPM Routz Racing Team was sixth. Loris Cresson (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) elected to stay off the Jerez circuit.
The next stop for the World Supersport teams and riders is the Portimao circuit in Portugal, where Dynavolt Honda, GMT94 Yamaha, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing, BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team and the new WRP Wepol Racing Yamaha squad will be out on the undulating track.