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Just days after replacing one Yamaha WorldSSP team with another, former champion Randy Krummenacher claimed his first victory in two years at Catalunya this midday.
The Swiss was pushed off the track in the first corner and fell to tenth place, but a massive downpour forced everyone to stop which turned the race upside down.
The vast majority entered the wet, catching up with the only leading rider still on slicks, Loic Marie Benoit Arbel (Andotrans Team Torrento Yamaha).
The track would dry up again as the rains subsided and Arbel would drop to tenth place but then finish sixth as a reward for his bet.
Without Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) this weekend, Steven Odendaal (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha) led the chase pack behind Arbel for a while but it was Krummenacher (CM Racing Yamaha) who was the first to overtake the longtime leader. , in the seventh round, then fled to win by more than 16 seconds. And no Odendaal.
Odendaal and Philipp Öttl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) were both penalized for failing to respect the mandatory pit intervention time of 1’21 seconds, which came out too early after going in the wet. Odendaal’s loss was 25 seconds, which ruined his chance to score strong points in the absence of his big rival.
The Race One podium was thus completed by Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) and the Friday fast Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki).
Fourth, the always aggressive Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and fifth Öttl, despite his two penalty seconds.
With Arbel sixth, Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing Yamaha) was seventh.
The penalty imposed on Odendaal places him eighth today, Peter Sebestyen (Racing Team Hungary Yamaha) ninth and the top ten completed by Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Yamaha).
One more WorldSSP race to be contested in Catalunya on Sunday.
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