Randy Krummenacher has hailed an unexpected victory on his World Supersport Championship debut after prevailing in a thrilling 2016 opener at Phillip Island.

Following several seasons in Moto2, the Swiss rider has made the switch to the Supersport class with the championship-winning Puccetti Kawasaki team for 2016 alongside four-time champion Kenan Sofuoglu and has proven quick from his first time on the ZX-6R.

Qualifying on the front row alongside Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen for his maiden race, Krummenacher proceeded to get stuck in with an intense and busy fight for second place behind his Turkish team-mate.

However, Krummenacher was already breaking clear of the pack as drizzle began to fall when Sofuoglu crashed out ahead, allowing him to inherit the lead he would hold to the chequered flag.

A remarkable result on his debut having never made the podium in Moto2, he described the win as 'unbelievable'

"It was really a special race because the conditions were different to anything before, any practice and any testing," he said. "At the beginning it was quite 'hot' because it was a big group and I think everybody tried to pass us. They were all looking for the Kawasakis. It made it really hard but when it started to rain a bit they were all a bit more scared than me and I went a bit away from the pack and behind Kenan.

"Then I made my best lap times. I did not expect that Kenan would crash, so I am very sorry for him. Then it was clear I had to bring it to the finish line and it was really hard because there was proper rain in some areas.

"I had to push or the others would have been coming but when I went over Lukey Heights I saw I had a big gap. I just had to manage the last two corners to bring it home. It feels great to win, unbelievable."

 

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