After four track sessions over two days, the top WSS rider at the official DWO tests was a rookie – if not exactly an inexperienced rider – Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing).
He said of his success so far, “We have to sort out a few things but in general this test was very positive. For sure yesterday was a bit better than today but we will keep on working. I am still learning a lot and if the conditions change maybe I cannot adapt as quickly as Kenan right now. I just need to learn a bit more, to understand the conditions and push in the right direction.”
He had to rely on his fastest time from the first day of testing to top the final times, but he has learned a lot about WSS racing in a short time, as he now faces his first WSS event on Sunday 28th February.
He knows Pi well, but with new tyres, bike and suspension to get his head around, he has proved an instant asset to the category – like Cluzel before him.
Sofuoglu, as always not worrying about the fastest lap times found great improvements in tyre life with his latest suspension up dates, and is now eagerly waiting on Sunday. Krummenacher is still learning about fill race on the Pirellis, but a potential podium is his in mist people’s minds already.
Third in the rankings in testing was the still limping Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), with PJ Jacobsen fourth but 0.737 seconds down on the top Kawasaki runner.
Lorenzo Zanetti was fifth on his official MV while Kevin Wahr’s move to the Gemar Ballons Lorini Honda team saw him sixth overall from 27 riders.
In a field full of MV Agusta machines in 2016, Alex Baldolini’s Race Department ATK MV scored seventh, and the GRT MV of Gino Rea was eighth, despite two big crashes for Rea on day one.
Ondrej Jezek (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) and another Moto2 refugee Nico Terol (Schmidt Racing MV) finished off the top ten.