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Krummenacher joins Degraaf Grand Prix Aprilia for 2009

Krummenacher joins Degraaf Grand Prix Aprilia for 2009

Factory Aprilia RSA for Swiss youngster, who debuts package in penultimate CEV Buckler Spanish Championship round.

Swiss teenager Randy Krummenacher is undertaking a new project for 2009, joining the Degraaf Grand Prix Aprilia team for his third full season in 125cc. Krummenacher has traded in KTM machinery for a factory Aprilia RSA, and debuted with his new team in last weekend´s CEV Buckler Spanish Championship round at Valencia.

Pole position in Saturday qualifying made it a positive start for the latest phase in the eighteen year-old´s career, although the weekend ended on a sour note with retirement due to a mechanical problem, with just five laps of the race remaining.

`For me this was like a test, with the new bike and team,´ said Krummenacher. `I like to ride in Valencia, so it´s cool to start here. I´m so happy with it, and can´t wait to start working.´

There will be some subtle adjustments to make along the way, as is normal for a move between manufacturers, but the man from Zurich does not see too many difficulties ahead.

`It´s such a different bike to the KTM. It´s my first time with an Aprilia, and I really like it, and for sure there will be some little changes in my style.´

2008 was something of an annus horribilis for Krummenacher, a season tempered when he was rushed to hospital during the Jerez round in March, requiring emergency surgery for a ruptured spleen incurred in mountain bike training. From then on he struggled to find the kind of form that took him to the podium for the first time in 2007.

125cc, 2008, Randy Krummenacher

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