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Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning world champion ready for big assault
on second part of double header
Abu Dhabi, 19th October, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente is primed for a major assault on the Grand Prix of China tomorrow to move back on track for back-to-back drivers’ titles in the UIM F1H2O World Championship after a difficult day in Xiamen.
Reigning champion Torrente, who arrived in China with a three-point championship lead and was fastest in yesterday’s official practice, had to settle for fourth place in today’s Grand Prix of Xiamen as Italian four-times former world title holder Alex Carella claimed his first race win for two years.
Torrente goes into the second part of the Grand Prix double header in China tomorrow just three points behind Sweden’s Jonas Andersson in the title race, with the Team Abu Dhabi mechanics working flat out overnight to help him claim back the advantage.
Team-mate Thani Al Qemzi will be looking for a complete turnaround in fortunes after being forced out of action on the 12th of 32 laps today with engine problems.
Al Qemzi and Torrente had started the Grand Prix of Xiamen from seventh and ninth places after both failed to make the third stage of qualifying, the Emirati driver missing out after picking up a time penalty for a lap infringement.
He drops to fourth in the championship, but the vast experience of the Team Abu Dhabi drivers will tell them how quickly prospects can change in F1 powerboat racing, and both will be going all out for a ninth career Grand Prix victory tomorrow.
In the F4-S series, Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al Mehairbi put in a strong start-to-finish challenge in the first of the weekend’s two races before finishing third behind German winner Max Stilz and Britain’s Harvey Smith. Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Remeithi was placed ninth.
Grand Prix of Xiamen results
1. Alex CarellaMaverick F1 Racing
2. Jonas Andersson Team Sweden
3. Marit Stromoy Emirates Racing
4. Shaun Torrente Abu Dhabi
5. Peter Morin CTIC F1 Shenzhen China
6. Greg Foster Blaze Performance
UIM F1H2O World Championship standings
1. Jonas Andersson 47pts
2. Shaun Torrente 44
3. Marit Stromoy 28
4. Thani Al Qemzi 27
5. Alex Carella 25
6. Peter Morin 9 23
1. Shaun Torrente – aiming for his ninth Grand Prix win in China tomorrow
2. Thani Al Qemzi – hoping for a complete change in fortunes
Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning world champion fastest in official practice for tense Grand Prix double header
Abu Dhabi, 18th October, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente underlined his determination to clinch a second successive drivers’ title in the UIM F1H2O World Championship today by setting the early pace at the start of a tense race weekend in China.
Carrying a slim three-points lead over Sweden’s Jonas Andersson into tomorrow’s (Saturday) Grand Prix of Xiamen, Torrente was comfortably fastest in the two-hour official practice session with a lap of 55.41 secs on the 2,516m Wuyan Bay circuit.
With Norway’s Marit Stromoy (56.39) and Italian former four-times world champion Alex Carella (56.37) clocking the two next best times, Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al Qemzi (56.39), lying third in the world title race, was fourth fastest.
While this year’s F1H2O World Championship concludes in Sharjah in December, developments in the Grand Prix double header in China in the space of 24 hours could decide the major issues.
In the F4-S series, Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al Mehairbi was third fastest in official practice, with Rashed Al Remeithi tenth fastest in a session topped by German Max Stilz ahead of Ahmad Al Fahim.
The boats return to the water at 9.45am tomorrow morning for another practice session before the pole position race at 11am for the Grand Prix of Xiamen to follow at 4pm.
The frantic race programme continues with an identical schedule on Sunday culminating in the Grand Prix of China. Team Abu Dhabi’s Torrente and Al Qemzi, starting the weekend with eight Grand Prix career victories each, hold a 32 pts lead over Team Sweden in their bid to retain the world team title.
F1H20 leading official practice times
1. Shaun TorrenteUAE55.41 secs
2. Marit StromoyNOR56.36
3. Alex CarellaITA56.37
4. Thani Al QemziUAE56.39
5. Peter MorinFRA56.43
6. Jonas AnderssonSWE56.74
7. Phillippe ChiappeFRA56.89
8. Erik EdinSWE57.20
9. Bartek MarszalekPOL57.39
10. Alberto ComparatoITA57.91
1. Shaun Torrente – fastest in official practice
2. Thani Al Qemzi in discussion with Team Abu Dhabi manager Guido Cappellini.Read More
Abu Dhabi veteran Al Qemzi says team comes first but his sights are set on F1H2O crown
Abu Dhabi, 15th October, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al Qemzi is ready for one of the biggest tests of his long powerboat racing career in China this weekend as he chases his dream to win the UIM F1H2O World Championship.
With two qualifying sessions and two Grand Prix being sandwiched into the space of 24 hours and 40 points at stake, Al Qemzi and reigning world champion team-mate Shaun Torrente know the battle for honours could be won and lost in the crucial double header in Xiamen.
Lying third in the title race behind leader Torrente and Sweden’s Jonas Andersson, the vastly experienced Al Qemzi, who made his race debut back in 2000, is determined to end his wait for the world crown, with the final round of the series to follow in Sharjah in December.
“I think I can make my dream come true this year because I have a big opportunity to win the world title,” said the veteran Emirati driver. “With back to back races like this the biggest worry is that a crash or a mechanical problem could mean goodbye to the title.
“But it’s rare for me to crash and I’ve been preparing myself for what’s ahead. It’s going to be a really tough weekend and we have to be fully focused in the qualifiers and the two races and leave nothing to chance.”
The bond between Al Qemzi and Torrente is strong as they fight for the driver’s championship and at the same time look to deliver a second successive world team title to Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.
“For me the team comes first and it’s the same for Shaun, and we all work hard together,” said Al Qemzi. “But I also have my own ambitions and if I have a chance to win the title I’ll take it.”
Like Torrente, Al Qemzi has scored eight Grand Prix victories in his career, along with 38 podium finishes out of 135 race starts. He finished world championship runner-up in 2009 to his current Team Abu Dhabi boss Guido Cappellini.
Also facing a crucial weekend in Xiamen are Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al Mehairbi and Rashed Al Remeithi who are both aiming to boost their challenge in the F4-S series ahead of the season’s climax in the UAE.
The dramatic weekend ahead, which sees Saturday’s Grand Prix of Xiamen being followed on Sunday by the Grand Prix of China, was created by the postponement of the Grand Prix of next month’s round in India.
1. Shaun Torrente UAE 35pts
2. Jonas Andersson SWE 32 pts
3. Thani Al Qemzi UAE 27pts
4. Peter Morin FRA 16pts
5. Marit Stromoy SWE 16pts
6. Bartek Marszalek POL 8pts
1. Team Abu Dhabi 62pts
2. Team Amaravati 32pts
3. Emirates Racing 24pts
4. CTIC F1 Shenzhen China 16pts
1. Thani Al Qemzi and Shaun Torrente - team-mates and both chasing the drivers’ crown
2. Al Qemzi - aiming to make his F1H2O dream come true
3. Torrente - the world champion is still the man to catch
Team Abu Dhabi rider Al Mulla edges closer to another freestyle crown with ninth successive Grand Prix victory
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13th October, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer has given himself a fighting chance to claim a first world aquabikes title after a dramatic climax to the Grand Prix of Qingdao in China.
Forced to ride a locally rented bike with his own race engine held up in customs, Al Tayer shrugged off the handicap to emerge from a demanding weekend within seven points of new Runabout GP1 championship leader Andrzej Wisniewski of Poland.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashid Al Mulla meanwhile tightened his grip on the world freestyle title by clinching a ninth successive Grand Prix victory to extend his championship lead over Italian Roberto Mariani to 18 points.
Al Tayer can now look forward to December’s final Grand Prix of the season in Sharjah knowing that, with 50 points at stake, a repeat of his opening round victory in Portugal could yet be enough to secure the Runabout GP1 crown.
Just as he did 24 hours earlier, the Emirati battled his way to seventh place in today’s moto, which was won by Japan’s Hajime Isahai. Denmark’s Marcus Jorgensen, leading the series at the start of the day, was halted by electrical problems on lap three and slipped to fourth place in the title race.
The result gave Al Tayer sixth place overall in China and lifted him to joint second in the championship with Kuwait’s Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq, who followed his race victory yesterday with fourth place today to win the Grand Prix.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Salman Al Awadhi, who claimed the third podium place in the opening Ski GP1 race in China, dropped to 15th in today’s final moto as a result of a time penalty to finish sixth overall for the Grand Prix.
Caption: Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer on his way to more valuable world championship points in China today.Read More
Team Abu Dhabi rider Al Mulla wins again tostay on course for another world title
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12th October, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer produced a battling performance in China today to preserve his world aquabikes title challenge as team-mate Rashed Al Mulla extended his winning sequence.
Al Tayer’s hopes of a second Grand Prix victory of the season were effectively ended when his race engine was delayed at customs en route to the Grand Prix of Qingdao, penultimate round of the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship.
Forced to compete on a bike rented locally by the team and conceding a big power advantage, Al Tayer fought his way to seventh position in today’s first moto to hold third place overall in the world championship.
The result left him ten points behind Denmark’s championship leader Marcus Jorgensen who was beaten into second place by Kuwait’s Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq.
With a second moto rounding off the action in China tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, Al Tayer will be aiming to secure enough points to give himself a fighting chance in December’s title deciding final round in Sharjah.
In freestyle, Al Mulla moved towards a ninth successive Grand Prix victory and a second world title by winning the first moto from Roberto Mariani to extend his championship lead over the Italian to 15 points.
Caption: Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer (No.5) battling for world championship points in China today.Read More
Team Abu Dhabi rider aims to keep alive championship challenge
in Grand Prix of Qingdao
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11th October, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer is primed for a major effort in China over the next two days to keep alive his hopes of a first world aquabikes title.
With team-mate Rashid Al Mulla on the verge of a second successive freestyle crown in the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship, Al Tayer needs to summon his best form in the Grand Prix of Qingdao after finishing sixth in today’s Runabout GP1 pole position race.
Denmark’s Marcus Jorgensen, who leads Al Tayer and Poland’s Andrzej Wisniewski by two points in the championship standings, topped qualifying to give himself the edge for the Saturday and Sunday afternoon motos to follow.
Al Tayer, who won the opening Grand Prix of the season in Portugal, wants to make sure that he at least carries a big world title challenge into December’s final round in Sharjah.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Salman Al Awadhi finished a highly creditable third today in the first of three Ski GP1 motos this weekend which was won by Austrian championship leader Kevin Reiterer.
Aiming for a ninth successive Grand Prix victory, Al Mulla starts the first of two motos in China in pole position tomorrow afternoon.
Caption: Team Abu Dhabi’s Salman Al Awadhi – flying to a podium finish in China today.
Emirati world champion claims another freestyle pole position as Al Tayer aims to stay on title trail
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10th October, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashid Al Mulla underlined his status as the world’s top aquabikes freestyle rider with another dominant display in the Grand Prix of Qingdao in China today.
The reigning world champion stayed on course for back-to-back titles by claiming pole position for this weekend’s first of two motos in the penultimate round of the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship.
Al Mulla outscored his rivals in all categories, claiming 81 points to top the standings from Italian Roberto Mariani, his closest challenger in the freestyle title race, on 63 pts. The Emirati now heads into this weekend’s
first of two motos on Saturday afternoon aiming to extend his winning sequence to a ninth successive Grand Prix.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer meanwhile lines up in tomorrow (Friday) afternoon’s Runabout GP1 pole position race looking to recapture the form which took him to an opening round Grand Prix victory in
Portugal back in May Just two points behind Denmark’s championship leader Marcus Jorgensen, Al Tayer could manage only ninth fastest in today’s free practice session, but is aiming for a points haul this weekend
which can give him a strong title chance in December’s final round in Sharjah. Team Abu Dhabi’s Salman Al Awadhi was 15th fastest in the Ski GP1 pole position qualifier.
1. Rashed Al Tayer - aiming to keep his world title hopes alive
2. Rashid Al Mulla - in dominant form again in ChinaRead More
Al Tayer ready for tough battle as Al Mulla looks to extend Grand Prix winning sequence
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9th October, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s bid for a double title success in the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship reaches an important stage in China this weekend when Rashid Al Mulla and Rashed Al Tayer aim for decisive victories.
Reigning world freestyle champion Al Mulla, holding a 12-point lead over Italian Roberto Mariani at the top of the standings, will be looking to extend his remarkable winning sequence to a ninth successive Grand Prix in Qingdao on China's Yellow Sea coast.
If he can do that, the final round in Sharjah in December could become a formality for the Emirati, although team-mate Al Tayer has a lot more to do if he is to capture the blue riband Runabout GP1 crown.
After starting the series with his first Grand Prix success in Portugal back in May to grab a share of the championship lead, Al Tayer arrives in China two points behind the current front runner, Denmark’s Marcus Jorgensen, ahead of Friday’s pole position race.
“I said before the start of the season that my target is to win the world title, and that hasn’t changed,” he said. “It’s going to be tough, but I know I showed in Portugal that I can take a Grand Prix and I know what I need to do to win again in China.”
The fact that their normal fuel is not available in China causes some concern for Team Abu Dhabi, and Al Mulla admits to feeling “a little nervous” about the effect on his bike’s performance.
Otherwise, he remains supremely confident in the build up to tomorrow’s (Thursday) pole position action, and rates avoiding errors in his routine and a willingness to take more risks as the main advantages he holds over his competitors.
“The biggest difference is that I get a lot of height and do a lot of scary tricks, but I don’t make mistakes,” says Al Mulla, whose practice regime sees him out on the water for at least five hours a day, four times a week.
Completing the Team Abu Dhabi challenge in China is Salman Al Awadhi who returns to action in the Ski Division GP1 after finishing runner-up in the Runabout GP2 championship in Portugal in June.
UIM-ABP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Marcus Jorgensen (UAE) 71
2. Rashed Al Tayer (UAE) 69
2. Andrezej Wisniewski (PL) 69
4. Jeremy Perez (FR) 65
5. Anton Pankratov (EE) 61
6. Samuel Johansson (SE) 58
7. Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq (KW) 54
8. Christophe Agostinho (PT) 49
1. Rashid Al Mulla (UAE) 100
2. Roberto Mariani (IT) 88
3. Sergey Chemezov (RU) 71
3. Niels Willems (BE) 71
5. Jaroslav Tirner (CZ) 70
6. Alexander Kuramshin (RU) 63
7. Paulo Nunes (PT) 53
8. Vladislav Vorobev (RU) 51
1. Rashed Al Tayer - knows what’s needed to capture the Runabout GP1 title
2. Rashid Al Mulla - aiming for a ninth successive Grand Prix victory in China
3. Salman Al Awadhi - looking to build on his strong showing in PortugalRead More
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 24 September, 2019: Team Abu Dbabi’s Salman Al Awadhi returns to world championship action in China next month after boosting his reputation as one of the UAE’s top young jet ski racers on home waters.
The 18-year-old Emirati won the opening heat of the UAE Jetski Marathon Championship with an impressive performance at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.
In a keenly contested event attracting 31 riders, Al Awadhi had a 10-seconds winning margin over Sultan Alhammadi after the top four finishers completed ten laps each in the endurance test.
With two more rounds of the 2019 series to follow in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, Al Awadhi’s next target is the third round of this year’s UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship in Quingdao, China on 10-13 October.
UAE Jetski Marathon Championship leading positions:
1. Salman Al Awadhi 60pts
2. Sultan Alhammadi UAE 53
3. Khalid Ali Alzarooni 48
4. Jamal Ali Abdelrahman 43
5. Kalid Al Maazmi 39
6. Ali Allangawi 36
Captions: Salman Al Awadhi (back centre) receives his trophy from Salem Al Remeithi General Manager of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.Read More