Champion Randy Krummenacher joins MV Agusta for WorldSSP 2020 defence

Randy Krummenacher will defend his Supersport world title in the 2020 WorldSSP Championship but do so with the MV Agusta factory team

Randy Krummenacher

Newly crowned World Supersport Champion Randy Krummenacher has confirmed he will defend his title in the 2020 WorldSSP series after joining the factory MV Agusta Reparto Corse team.

The Swiss rider successfully secured his first world championship win over the weekend after coming out on top of a tense final round showdown against Evan Bros. BARDAHL Yamaha counterpart Federico Caricasulo.

However, it was already assumed Krummenacher would be on his way out of the team after his extraordinary outburst against the team ahead of the finale, accusing it of intentionally slowing his bike in order to give his more Yamaha-favoured team-mate a stronger chance of winning.

In the end, that didn’t come to pass, with Krummenacher holding the Italian off by six points to lift the title in Qatar.

For the 2020 WorldSSP season Krummenacher will wear the #1 plate on an MV Agusta F3 675 to lead the Italian marque’s attempt at securing a maiden championship win.

“I’m very pleased to be staying in Supersport, a category I really enjoy and that I know can continue to bring me real satisfaction,” he said.

“It will be a great challenge with MV Agusta and, with the professionalism of Andrea Quadranti and his team, I’m sure we’ll be able to do a good job, with the aim of winning the championship again next season. I thank Andrea Quadranti for the opportunity he’s giving me and the faith he’s put in me. Now I can’t wait to test the bike in late November at Jerez.”

MV Agusta pulls out big guns to secure elusive WorldSSP title

MV Agusta returned to international competition in the WorldSSP class in 2013 but while it has shown impressive pace and race-winning performance since then, it hasn’t amounted to a sustained title challenge.

It came closest in 2014 with Jules Cluzel when he finished runner-up, though he was comfortably beaten to the title by Honda’s Michael van der Mark, while he was a distant second to Kenan Sofuoglu again in 2016.

In all, MV Agusta has won nine races in those seven seasons – eight by Cluzel and one courtesy of Roberto Rolfo – but it managed only two podiums with Raffaele De Rosa in 2019.

The signing of Krummenacher – a race winner on Yamaha and Kawasaki machinery - is arguably its best chance yet to secure that elusive WorldSSP title.