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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL TAYER SHOWS WORLD TITLE POTENTIAL IN PORTUGAL

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Reigning world freestyle champion Al Mulla stays on course for seventh straight Grand Prix triumph

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer produced a sparkling performance in the Grand Prix of Portugal to present himself as a serious title challenger in the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship.

The Emirati hit the front from the start of the weekend’s first of two GP1 motos and led the race for 14 of its 15 laps in Portimao, opening up a gap of 14 seconds from world champion, Jeremy Perez.

While Perez eventually fought back to take victory by 4.33s, Al Tayer did enough to suggest that he could emerge as the Frenchman’s biggest rival this season.

Said Al Tayer: “I made a great start and could see that I had built a good lead and eased off a bit and then suddenly towards the end he was right there with me. I tried to respond and push but I got caught out in traffic and he took advantage.”

Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning freestyle world champion Rashid Al Mulla stayed on course for a seventh successive Grand Prix victory by scoring 94 points out of 100 in the first moto to win from Italian Roberto Mariani on 80 pts. In the Ski Division GP1, Team Abu Dhabi’s Salman Al Awadhi was in ninth position after two of three motos.

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL MULLA MAKES FLYING START IN PORTUGAL

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Freestyle star tops qualifying in bid for seventh successive Grand Prix victory as Al Tayer impresses in GP1

Team Abu Dhabi’s defending freestyle champion Rashid Al Mulla made a superb start to the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship, setting the standard from the start in the Grand Prix of Portugal in Portimao.

Aiming for his seventh Grand Prix success in a row, Al Mulla produced an impressive array of tricks to outscore nearest challenger Jaroslav Tirner from the Czech Republic by 14 points to top qualifying.

In the blue riband Runabout GP1 category, Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer outpaced Kuwait’s world No.1 Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq in the first part of qualifying before eventually going through to the weekend’s first moto as fourth fastest.

Team-mate Salman Al Awadhi was eighth fastest in qualifying for the first moto in Ski Division GP1.

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RASHID HOPES FRENCH ENDURANCE TRIUMPH CAN INSPIRE WORLD AQUABIKE SUCCESS IN PORTUGAL

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Team Abu Dhabi star launches GP1 aquabike title challenge on the back of powerboat victory

Rashid Al Tayer hopes that one world championship triumph with Team Abu Dhabi can help inspire him to another in Portugal this weekend.

The Emirati has set his sights on victory in the Runabout GP1 category, the blue ribband event of the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship, which launches its 2019 season in Portimao tomorrow (Friday).

It comes just nine days after Al Tayer celebrated victory with Team Abu Dhabi in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France, part of the world F2 powerboat endurance championship.

“It was great to be part of that success, and now I’m looking forward to returning to jetski racing in Portugal,” he said. “I’ve been preparing for the start of the new season for four months.

“We’ve built a completely new jet ski with a new engine, and I want to make a winning start to the championship. But I need to save the bike for the next round because my target this season is to win the world title.”

Team Abu Dhabi is also represented in Portimao by reigning UIM-ABP Aquabike freestyle champion Rashed Al Mulla, unbeaten in the last six Grand Prix, and Salman AlAwadhi in the Ski Division GP1.

Portimao is currently a major focus of attention for the team which is based at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club. Next weekend reigning UIM F1H2O world team champions Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi begin the defence of their title there while Mohamed AlMehairbi and Rashed AlRemeithi will be chasing victory in the F4-S Trophy.

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL MULLA BEGINS WORLD TITLE DEFENCE IN PORTUGAL

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Freestyle star aims for seventh Grand Prix victory in a row as Al Tayer switches back from powerboat to jet ski racing

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Mulla will be looking to extend his remarkable unbeaten run to a seventh Grand Prix when the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship gets under way in Portugal next weekend.

The reigning world freestyle champion begins the defence of his title in the season opening three-day Grand Prix event getting under way in Portimao on Friday.

Dominating the Freestyle category last season, Al Mulla clinched his first world title with a brilliant display in the final round on Khalid Lagoon to complete his sixth Grand Prix win in a row.

Since then the Emirati has been working tirelessly to improve some of his trademark tricks, including barrel-rolls, back-flips, reverse 360s, and combinations, and to develop new ones.

“I’ll be introducing three new tricks in the world championship,” said Al Mulla. “I’ve been working on my backflip, the barrel role and on a double back flip. I’ve been practicing every day and also working hard in the gym. If I don’t have any problems with the ski I’m 100% confident that I can win the world title again.”

Also representing Team Abu Dhabi in the Grand Prix of Portugal will be Rashid Al Tayer who lines up again in the Runabout GP1 championship and Salman AlAwadhi who contests the Ski Division GP1.

Al Tayer returns to international jet ski racing just a week after helping Team Abu Dhabi produce a brilliant victory in the 24 Hours of Rouen, part of the world powerboat endurance racing series.

Sponsored by Etihad Airways, Team Abu Dhabi runs under the umbrella of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club which has its sights on multiple world titles this season.

A week after the aquabike grand prix, reigning UIM F1H2O world team champions Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi begin the defence of their title in Portugal following the weather affected opening round in Saudi Arabia.

“After the success in Rouen we also hope the secure the world F2 endurance title in Poland in July,” said Salem Al-Remeithi, general manager of ADIMSC. “With his talent and commitment in aquabikes, we feel Rashed Al Mulla has everything he needs to be world champion again.”

Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi ADIMSC

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TEAM ABU DHABI ON TOP OF THE WORLD AFTER EMPHATIC VICTORY IN FRANCE

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More Formula 1 glory and world endurance crown the targets following double success in 24 Hours of Rouen

Team Abu Dhabi, on top of the powerboat racing world after a superb victory in the the 24 Hours of Rouen, quickly set their sights on more championship titles today.

Reigning Formula 1 individual champion Shaun Torrente combined with Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate to take Team Abu Dhabi 35 to an overwhelming win in the spectacular endurance race in Northern France.

Adding to the celebrations at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, the all-Emirati line-up of Faleh Al Mansoori, Rashed Al Remeithi, Majed Al Mansoori and Mohamed Al Mehairbi, contesting the event mainly to gain experience, took Team Abu Dhabi 36 to a superb third place.

A jubilant Torrente, who partnered Thani Al Qemzi to the team title in last year’s UIM F1H2O World Championship, said: “We have the best team in the world, the best managers in the world and the best country in the world, so we win.

“I just want to thank my fellow drivers and the entire team and management for doing an amazing job. Both boats did really well and it’s another championship for Abu Dhabi.

“Now I’m looking to the Formula One in Portugal in two weeks’ time. We’ll be pushing hard as always and aiming to start the season with a win.”

With UIM World Endurance Championship now to be decided in Augustów, Poland, in July, Majed Al Mansoori said: “We’re very happy that the team took first and third places here. It was a very good all round performance. Taking these points into the next round gives us a great chance to win the championship.”

It was a masterful tactical performance which carried Team Abu Dhabi 35 to their victory in Rouen watched by tens of thousands of spectators lining the banks of the River Sein.

They produced a stirring fightback towards the end of the initial 15-hour race session on Wednesday after a refuelling issue followed by an overheating problem had taken away their lead.

They eventually surged clear to complete a remarkable 836 laps of the 3.6km river course, 65 more than the French runners up B.R.T. with Alexandre Bourgeot, Jean‐Baptiste Goluley, Thierry Petiot and Dominick Thomas.

Next up for Team Abu Dhabi is the second round of this year’s UIM F1H2O World Championship in Portimao, Portugal on 17-19 May where Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi will be looking for a season opening win after round one in Saudi Arabia was cancelled out by storms.

Based at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and sponsored by Etihad Airways, Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the ADIMSC.

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TORRENTE GIVES TEAM ABU DHABI FLYING START AS EMIRATI CREW EXCEL IN FRANCE

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Team Abu Dhabi 35 in strong position to attack with long tactical battle ahead

Team Abu Dhabi kept victory in sight in the 24 Hours of Rouen in Northern France today after being given a flying start by reigning F1 world champion Shaun Torrente.

With thousands of spectators lining the banks of the River Seine, Torrente powered Team Abu Dhabi 35 into an early lead over Team Nollet 2 spearheaded by France’s three-times F1H2O world champion Philippe Chiappe.

Torrente, who landed the individual and team titles with Team Abu Dhabi in last year’s UIM F1H2O World Championship, proved to be the perfect lead off driver, setting the standard with the fastest lap of 1:19.998 compared with Chiappe’s 1:22.540.

While the lead then swapped hands on the first changeover of drivers, with Team Abu Dhabi 35 briefly slipping to fifth spot, Rashed Al Tayer quickly climbed back into second place, and a strong position for attack, as a long tactical battle lay ahead with the bulk of the race left to run.

After 155 laps of the 3.6km river course through the city of Rouen, the big surprise was the performance from Team Abu Dhabi 36 to claim third position overall.

The all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Faleh Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi and Rashed Al Remeithi were basically entered to gain valuable endurance race experience.

But Al Mansoori’s splendid start saw them far exceed expectations as they moved past Team Nollet 1, the all-Russian defending champions featuring brothers Roman and Dmitry Vandyshev.

Guido Cappellini, the Team Abu Dhabi team manager, said: “This is a very tactical race and a lot can happen to affect the lead positions over the next few hours, but at this stage we’re happy with our situation.

“We’re here to win with boat 35, and Shaun has laid the foundations, while 36 have made a very good start and this is great experience for the crew.”

Following Al Tayer into the cockpit of Team Abu Dhabi 35, Rashed Al Qemzi and Italian Tullio Abbate were primed for a major effort as the initial 11-hour race session continued, to be followed after a break by another nine-hour stint leading to the finish at 4pm tomorrow.

Based at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and sponsored by Etihad Airways, Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the ADIMSC.

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TEAM ABU DHABI AIM FOR BIG ENDURANCE TRIUMPH IN FRANCE

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World champion Torrente leads 24 Hours of Rouen victory bid after last year’s near miss

Team Abu Dhabi are primed for a major effort to secure a second victory in the prestigious 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race which gets under way on the River Seine in Northern France on Tuesday.

The reigning UIM F1H2O world team champions have sent a powerful two-boat entry into the dramatic 24-hour speedboat race which has been running since 1964 and attracts around 400,000 spectators.

Individual world F1 champion Shaun Torrente joins forces in Team Abu Dhabi 35 with Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer along with Italian endurance specialist Tullio Abbate, a member of the team’s victorious 2016 line-up in Rouen.

Team Abu Dhabi 36 features the all-Emirati combination of Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Faleh Al Mansoori, Majed Al Mansoori and Rashed Al Remeithi.

For Torrente, Al Qamzi, and Al Tayer the challenge is to go one better than last year when they were in the team which overcame a series of niggling technical issues, an eight-lap penalty for turn buoy violations and a late scare over fuel levels to finish second in the highly competitive S2 class.

Standing in their way again are last year’s winners, Team Nollet, featuring the all-Russian crew of Roman and Dmitry Vandyshev, Andrey Paniushkin and Dimitry Malkin, along with a cluster of top French challengers all aiming for a home triumph.

“We know the Russians will be difficult to beat and as usual competition in Rouen will be intense,” said Salem Al Rumaithi, general manager of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club which oversees the team’s full race calendar.

“But we have come here to win and both teams are looking forward to the race. We had to overcome a series of obstacles last year to take second place and naturally hope that our two boats can avoid any major problems this time and give us a second win in the race.”

Following the four-hour Monday evening free practice, the 24 Hours of Rouen, staged within the framework of the World Endurance Championship, begins at 10am on Tuesday with the first of two non-stop 11-hour and nine-hour race sessions finishing at 4pm on Wednesday.

Team Abu Dhabi will be carrying the flag for the UAE in an event attracting top competitors from more than 20 nations, with spectacular river race action in the heart of the city ​​of Rouen around Lacroix Island.

Sponsored by Etihad Airways, Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the ADIMSC.

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ALMARZOOQI BAGS THIRD VICTORY IN UAE FLYBOARDING CHAMPIONSHIP

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Manea Habeeb Almarzooqi completed a hat-trick of victories in the third round of the UAE Fly Board Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Adding to his successes in the first two rounds Almarzooqi won from Ali Saeed Al Hemeiri in second and Saud Hassan Alhammadi in third, in the event hosted by Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club at the weekend (ADIMSC).

The third and final round of the 2018-2019 Flyboard Championship saw competitors battle it out for the top spot and marked the final event in the ADIMSC’s racing calendar.

Presenting the awards to competitors was Salem Al Remeithi, General Manager of ADIMSC.

Results

  1. Manea Habeeb Jasim Abdulla Almarzooqi
  2. Ali Saeed Mohamed Bin Thalith Al Hemeiri
  3. Saud Hassan Abdelwahab Al Qawadi Alhammadi
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PRESSURE ON ALMARZOOQI IN UAE FLYBOARD CHAMPIONSHIP

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The spotlight will be on Manea Habeeb Almarzooqi when Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club stages the third round of the UAE Flyboard Championship on Friday.

After dominating the last two rounds, Almarzooqi will be under pressure as he aims for another success in a strong line up of top UAE competitors.

Starting from Abu Dhabi’s Breakwater at 4.00pm, the event will show spectators why Flyboarding has become one of the fastest growing water sports in the world in recent years.

Competitors propelled 30 feet into the air by an amphibious water-powered jet pack are awarded points for amplitude, technicity, variety, showmanship and energy.

Following a qualifying round requiring a number of tricks to be landed within a time limit, competitors will be paired off for timed freestyle battles.

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Pro rider aims for double championship success with 11-year old brother

Emirati star Omeir Saeed returns to action in Friday’s UAE Wakeboard Championship in Abu Dhabi with his thoughts already drifting towards next year’s world series.

The 21-year-old Red Bull athlete will start as hot favourite to land the Freeride title when the event gets under way from the capital’s Breakwater at 8.30am.

Omeir, a junior world champion in 2012, was placed fourth in the WWA Wake Park World Championships on home waters in Abu Dhabi in 2014 and turned professional the same year.

Having now completed his studies at the American University in Sharjah where he graduated in finance, he is eager to advance his competitive career at the top level.

“I compete everywhere I can at the moment and next year I’d like to take part in the world series again,” he said. “I got into the top four in the rankings last time when I did just two of the five rounds so I know I can do better next time.”

Hosted by Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, the UAE Wakeboard Championship could see a double family success if Omeir’s 11-year-old brother, Ahmed, has his way.

“He is very good for his age, the best in the UAE, and has won the last two events when we competed together,” said Omeir.

The championship features action in the three categories of Novice, Junior and Freeride for both males and females of all ages. Riders are judged on the tricks they perform when towed behind a motor boat travelling at speeds of 30-40km/hr.

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