In a surprise move, reigning WorldSSP champion Randy Krummenacher has announced that he is splitting with the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team with immediate effect.
The Swiss rider gave only vague reasons for the split. In a press release, he blamed “serious breaches on the part of the company that compromise both the rider’s performance as well as his professionalism, reputation, and personal integrity.”
Serious claims, but then splitting right before the season restarts at Jerez on the weekend of August 2nd is a big move to make.
Krummenacher won the WorldSSP championship in 2019, riding for the Evan Bros Yamaha squad, clinching the title by just 6 points from his teammate Federico Caricasulo.
What Krummenacher does next is unknown. For the moment, the Swiss rider is left without a ride for the remainder of 2020, and must hope to get a chance with another team, or if a rider is injured. His best hope may lie in replacing Leon Camier at Barni Ducati, the Englishman still recovering from a long-standing shoulder injury picked up last year.
Interestingly though, MV Agusta has published its own press release saying that it knows nothing about Krummenacher’s intentions to leave the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team, though MV Agusta points out that MVRC is a separate entity from the motorcycle manufacturer.
The duel of press releases is published below. Keep an eye on this space though, as surely this story is set to develop further.
RANDY KRUMMENACHER WILL NOT CONTINUE THE 2020 SEASON WITH MV AGUSTA REPARTO CORSE
With this press release, rider Randy Krummenacher confirms his intention to dissolve his contract with MVRC srl, (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) due to serious breaches on the part of the company that compromise both the rider‘s performance as well as his professionalism, reputation and personal integrity.
Krummenacher has sent the company formal notification, in which all the reasons leading to his decision are clearly outlined.
Krummenacher has also moved to inform the competent bodies, responsible for verifying any technical irregularities.
The Supersport 600 World Championship title holder has reached this difficult decision after having carefully evaluated the risks involved in dissolving the agreement, on the one hand, and the values for which he has always stood, professionally and personally-speaking, on the other.
RK: “This is not a pleasant situation and I never wanted any of this. The aim was to fight for the world title once more but unfortunately, the foundations needed to move ahead with the project with MV Agusta Reparto Corse are not there. I have had to take this decision in order to preserve my moral and professional integrity, as well as my safety. Throughout my career, I have always tried to do the right thing, giving it my all in any situation, even the most challenging. But this time there was only one decision I could make. I cannot say more about my motives at this time, but further details will be communicated in due course.”
STATEMENT FROM MV AGUSTA MOTOR S.P.A. REGARDING RIDER RANDY KRUMMENACHER’S DECISION TO QUIT MVRC TEAM
Varese, July 10 2020 – MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. had no knowledge of the rider Randy Krummenacher’s decision to terminate his contract with MVRC S.r.l. after only competing in the first race of the 2020 Supersport World Championship.
It being understood that this decision comes as a total surprise to MV Agusta Motor S.p.A., who learned about it through the media. MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. points out that MVRC S.r.l. is a completely independent company which participates in the Supersport World Championship as a private external team. This apparently sudden decision by the rider was completely unexpected as the company had received no prior warning signs about a possible contentious situation from either Krummenacher nor from the MVRC team.
Following the very encouraging results obtained during the first race of the 2020 World Supersport Championship in Phillip Island, with a front row position on the race’s starting grid, as well as a second place finish by Raffaele De Rosa in the race, MV Agusta was entirely satisfied with the performance and competitiveness of the F3 Supersport bike. Since its inception the F3 Supersport project has brought MV Agusta several vice-World-Championship titles and numerous race wins and podium finishes.
Due to the fact that MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. has no direct contractual relationship with the rider, we will start a comprehensive investigation concerning this matter and reserve any and all rights to take all proper legal actions to protect our brand image and reputation.
Source: Randy Krummenacher & MV Agusta; Photo: MV Agusta