Randy Krummenacher and Puccetti Racing will move up to the World Superbike championship in 2017 after just one season in the World Supersport ranks.
The Swiss rider switched from Moto2 to World Supersport this year and made an instant impression by winning the season opener at Phillip Island. Despite struggling to replicate the result having only taken two further podiums at Aragon and Donington Park Krummenacher sits second in the riders' championship, 40 points behind Puccetti team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu.
With Sofuoglu set to stay in the intermediate class for 2017, Krummenacher and Puccetti will switch up to World Superbikes next year and the 26-year-old is relishing the opportunity.
“I'm extremely happy we've found an agreement with my team for the 2017 season,” Krummenacher said. “This year a great feeling has developed between me and my team, a feeling that have resulted in some big results in World Supersport.
“We've decided that we can do a great job also in Superbike. Thanks to all my sponsors and everyone who believed in me since the beginning.”
Team manager Manuel Puccetti says negotiations to move his squad into World Superbikes commenced before the summer break and having secured a new Kawasaki ZX-10R it will begin its new challenge at the official World Superbike winter tests in November.
“After a few months of preparation we can finally say we will be in World Superbikes next year. It will be a great challenge and we will ride against the best riders in the paddock,” Puccetti said. “Our team was born 20 years ago and after a few years in the Italian championship we landed in the STK600 championship with 3 consecutive titles, then with the triumph in the World Supersport in 2015 with Sofuoglu, and finally this season with the first two places in the championship.
“With Randy there is a great relationship and now we are ready to face this new challenge. At the end of November we will test our new Ninja Superbike.”
Krummenacher will complete the World Supersport season with Puccetti Racing starting this weekend at the Lausitzring before switching to the Superbike at the end of the year.