It's Bardahl Evan Bros. Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider Krummenacher who leads the way in the ongoing title fight. The Swiss rider has four race wins to his name in 2019 and has only once finished off the podium, taking fourth place last time out in Donington Park. But while Krummenacher tops the championship standings going into the last four races, he's seen his advantage drastically reduced by Caricasulo, who currently lies second and has closed to within 15 points of his Bardahl Yamaha teammate.
This year Caricasulo has impressed with both his speed and consistency, finishing on the podium in every single race and racking up race wins in Assen and Jerez. The Bardahl Yamaha rider topped the timesheet ahead of his teammate at the recent two-day Portimão test and heads into this weekend feeling confident and determined to significantly reduce the 15-point gap to the top of the championship standings.
The only person other than the Bardahl Yamaha teammates to stand on the top step of the podium this season is GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider, Cluzel, who added a win at Donington Park last time out to his win in Thailand earlier in the season.
Third in the series standings and with a 41-point deficit to the championship leader, Cluzel heads into the final four races of the season looking to add to his win tally, starting this weekend in Portimão.
One title that has already been decided this season is the WorldSSP Manufacturer's Championship, which was wrapped up by Yamaha for the seventh time, and the third in as many seasons, last time out in Donington Park. Yamaha have won every race this season and finished first and second in seven of those, making the new Yamaha YZF R6 the bike to beat in the WorldSSP class.