Swiss rider Randy Krummencaher will make the step up to the World Superbike Championship next season with current World Supersport team Puccetti Racing, it has been confirmed.

Krummenacher, a former Moto2 rider and podium finisher in the 125cc class back in 2007, made the switch over to the Supersport World Championship this season and made an immediate impact, winning a close-fought opening round in Australia.

The Swiss rider has made two further trips to the rostrum, in Aragon and at Donington Park, and currently lies second in the standings on 106 points, 40 away from series leader Kenan Sofuoglu. Krummenacher will contest the 2017 WorldSBK season aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R.

“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 has resulted in some big results in WorldSSP. 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.”

Krummenacher’s move to WorldSBK with Puccetti Racing leaves a big question mark over Davide Giugliano’s future in the championship, as the Italian rider was linked with the team prior to the summer break. Giugliano will make way at the Aruba.it Ducati squad next season for Marco Melandri, who makes his return to the series after a dismal 2015 with Aprilia in MotoGP.

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