New Year, new beginnings: Randy Krummenacher is back on the WorldSSP grid for 2021 as he joins up with the Dutch EAB Racing Team
2019 FIM Supersport World Champion Randy Krummenacher will return to the grid in 2021 with the EAB Racing Team aboard a Yamaha YZF-R6 as he aims to fight for the title once again. A disrupted 2020 season saw him part ways with the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team after just one round and despite tests for Barni Racing Team and their Ducatis, he didn’t make a return to racing. However, with a new challenge now ahead of him, the 30-year-old Swiss star will be one to watch once again. The EAB Racing Team’s original rider was supposed to be Bo Bendsneyder but the Dutchman left before the season began to remain in the Moto2™ World Championship in 2021.
After two positive, yet sometimes uneven seasons in the Championship (2016 and 2018), it all finally clicked for him in 2019. Four wins and three second-place finishes within the opening seven races gave Krummenacher a comfortable lead in the standings over his main rivals, with a final result of fifth enough for him to strike gold in Qatar. 2020 saw him crash at the first corner in the first race of the year on Lap 1, before he parted ways with MV Agusta, the third different manufacturer he rode for in the class. Now back on Yamaha machinery which he clinched the title with back in 2019, Krummenacher knows his capabilities can crown him again.
Back on the WorldSSP grid and against familiar rivals on identical machinery, Krummenacher can’t wait to get out on track and add to his win tally, saying: “I can finally put this difficult period of my career behind me. It's time to start over and I can't wait to get back on the bike. I've really missed riding to be honest and am keen to get back to it; I immediately felt good with Ferry Schoenmakers, head of EAB Racing Team, and know that, even if we'll have to work hard, we'll be working in the same direction, joining forces to achieve significant results. The year couldn't have started in a better way and this is thanks particularly to Ferry, who has considered me, all my sponsors and supporters, as well as my family that supports me in making the right decisions. I hope to be able to repay them all with my results on track and am looking forward to a full throttle '21!"
The team have two STK600 Championships and now, team owner Ferry Schoenmakers is ready for more success in the not-too-distant future: “I'm really pleased. Randy and I immediately understood each other and realised we're on the same page. Destiny had it that our projects, both his and ours, took a change in direction so that we found ourselves in the same situation at the same time. We will now start work right away and hope that we'll soon be able to take to the track for some testing.
“I'm sure that we'll be able to do well with Randy, in the hope that the pandemic doesn't impact on the 2021 calendar as it did this year. I want to thank all our sponsors and everyone who has worked to ensure that this project could become a reality. Let's hope it's a very satisfying and successful 2021 for everyone!"
Krummenacher’s return to the class promises to reignite the rivalry between himself and 2019 teammate Federico Caricasulo and fellow title rival Jules Cluzel, both of whom find themselves at the GMT94 Yamaha squad for the year ahead. With the likes of Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) and Raffaele De Rosa (ORELAC Racing VerdNatura) switching manufacturers and Steven Odendaal (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) joining the Championship-winning team of the last two seasons, all of the changes for the 2021 grid promise to bring a sensational year of racing to the class.
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