World Championship week in Italy
The first two races of the 2017 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship took place in beautiful Puglia all the way in the south of Italy.
Porto Cesareo was the host city of the first race. It was a beautiful, yet remote location. With its long sandy beach and clear blue water it was the perfect scene for the season opener of the World Championship.
With 30 riders on the line the riding conditions got pretty crazy right away.
After finishing in 2nd place in the pole position I had some trouble getting off the line in the first moto and got out around 5th position.
After battling with both Rapael Maurin and Quinten Boshe for most of the moto I could finally get passed them and start chasing down the Poret brothers up front. After some great fights I was almost side by side withe the leader as we crossed the finishline and I ended up on a very strong 2nd place
In the last moto the wind had picked up and I had a little more difficulties making my way through the field.
This time I was only able to get a 4th place finish which was enough to put me on the podium for a 3rd place overall in the GP og Italy.
In the 2nd race, the GP of the Mediterranien, we went over to a town called Vieste. The race course in Vieste was completely open and exposed to the mediterranien and we had some huge waves coming, in addition to all the chops created by the 30 riders on the line.
Me and my team struggled all weekend to figure out the setup of the ski to make it work innthese conditions, but we could not figure it out. After filling the engine with water in the pole position, i had to start from 14th place in moto1. With a great start I came through as number 4 after the first lap. After that the waves started to build up and I could no longer keep my bow up. After a long hard race I ended up in 7th place. In the 2nd moto not much had changed and would carry through for another 7th place finish.
This was not at all a good weekend for me and I lost a lot of points for the World Championship.
Hopefully I will be able to catch up in the next World Championship races in China.