Thursday, 8 September: Runabout GP1 championship leader Marcus Jorgensen’s final preparations for his trip to China for rounds 4 and 5 of the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship attracted a group of very special onlookers, with members of Denmark’s Royal Family taking a great interest in what he was up.
The 21-year-old from Copenhagen was testing at Hornbaek Harbour and looking to find the perfect set-up at the same time as a sailing regatta was taking place. His activities caught the attention of a group of ‘Royal’ onlookers. “After my first test the Royal Family came over and started talking with me and my mechanic. We talked about the sport and which competition I was racing in. We talked about the UIM Aquabike World Championship series and I said I was going to China soon so we only had few more days to make the perfect setup for my ski before we leave.
“There was a world championship sailing competition which Crown Prince Frederik was taking part in, so the Royal Yacht was out in front of the harbour and they asked me if I would like to come out and visit them. So I joined them on board after the test for a drink and we talked more about the [Aquabike] championship and I had some photographs taken with Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain, the husband of HM Queen Margrethe 2.”
Jorgensen leads the points’ standings on 86, 20 clear of defending world champion Youssef al Abdulrazzzaq and a further 16 points ahead of championship newcomer James Bushell.
The Grand Prix of Shanghai takes place on the 23-25 September with heats 1 & 2 [on the 24 and 25] broadcast and streamed live on the official website; aquabike.net
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