It was Krummenacher that made the early running, having started the race from pole position, battling at the front of the race with Raffaele De Rosa while Caricasulo was busy fighting his way back to the front group, after a measured start on the harder option front tyre saw him drop back from second on the grid to eighth place on the opening lap.
By half race distance it was Krummenacher who led the way, with Caricasulo closing fast after passing De Rosa for second place eight laps into the race. It was Krummenacher who led over the line to start the final lap, with his teammate glued to his rear wheel and Gradinger sitting comfortably in third place behind the Evan Bros. Bardahl Yamaha teammates.
Caricasulo waited until the entry to turn eight before making his move, up the inside of Krummenacher on the brakes and then defending the lead to the line to take his first WorldSSP race win of the 2019 season. Krummenacher followed his teammate home in second and Gradinger crossed the line in third to claim his first WorldSSP podium finish and the first for an Austrian in the class.
GMT94 Yamaha’s Jules Cluzel managed to squeeze his way past Lucas Mahias with two laps to go to secure fourth position but wasn’t able to close on the leading trio quickly enough to mount a last lap challenge for the podium. Corentin Perolari equalled his best result of the season so far in sixth, two places ahead of Kallio Racing Yamaha’s Isaac Viñales who finished in eighth place today.
Loris Cresson added to his championship points tally for the season with a solid ride to 13th place aboard his Kallio Racing Yamaha R6.
Today’s result means that Krummenacher leads the championship with 90 points, 17 more than Caricasulo who now sits second with 73 points. Cluzel lies third with 69 points and Gradinger’s podium finish today means he now has 40 points and moves up from sixth to fourth in the championship standings.