The second round of the FIM Enel Moto-E World Championship played out today at the spectacular Italian circuit of Mugello. Riders competing in the electric category were on track yesterday for the morning’s free practice, in which Swiss rider Randy Krummenacher set the ninth fastest time in session one, and the fourth in session two, with which he gained direct access to Q2. During the qualifying session, the Team Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE rider stopped the clock on 1’56.343, just 0.591 of a second from first, which was enough to put him fourth on the grid, a fourth that become third when Eric Granado received a penalty. An important front row start then for the day’s two races.
Race 1, which got underway at 12.15pm local time, saw the Swiss rider run wide at the first turn. A costly mistake which saw Krummenacher slip back several places. Lying eighth, he was able to make up some of the lost ground and cross the line fifth.
Race 2, scheduled to run at 4.10pm, began about ten minutes late due to heavy rain at the Italian track. The wet race was reduced to just six laps and then suspended with a red flag on lap five following a crash. Krummenacher finished seventh, unable to find the right feeling with the bike in the wet. The Swiss rider has nevertheless scored important points and placed fourth in the championship standings.
RK3: “This was my second race weekend with the MotoE and I realise I still have a lot to learn and improve, but we’ve made some good steps forward. In race 1, if I hadn’t made a mistake at turn one, I could have battled in the front group. But with only seven laps to a race, there’s no room for error and little time to bounce back. Race 2 was very difficult. I generally like the rain and was confident I could do well but unfortunately, I was unable to pick up the pace as the others did. I’m still feeling positive though - I like the MotoE and know I have room for improvement and, in the end, we’ve scored important points here and I’m fourth in the standings. I can’t wait to get back out on track next weekend in Germany. I know the Sachsenring well and really like it, so I hope to improve further and score some better results. Thanks to my team – they have worked so hard and are always so professional – and also my sponsors and everyone who supports me.”