NEWS

16/07/2018
MAURIN RETAINS SKI GP1 EUROPEAN TITLE – ORTENDAHL SEALS TITLE WITH PERFECT SCORECARD

*Gomes seals GP2 title with third win of the weekend – Szabo snatches GP3 title with win in moto3

* Ski Junior World and European titles for Lauri and Reinaas – Uzars wins in Veterans

 

Monday, 16 July, PENFIEL (Portugal): Raphael Maurin completed a great day for France and held his nerve to win the final moto in Ski GP1 to retain his UIM-ABP Aquabike European title.

 

Maurin headed into the decider tied on points with Estonia’s Marten Manni after the duo traded wins and second places on the Saturday, but the Frenchman proved too good with Manni coming home in third to take the runners-up spot, Norway’s Ulrik Berntsen taking the final podium slot after finishing second.

 

Sweden’s Emma-Nellie Ortendahl was back at her best and completed the perfect scorecard in Penafiel, her third straight win of the weekend giving the defending UIM-ABP World Champion her second European crown. Second place in the final moto put young Sofie Borgstrom into the runners-up position with Estonia’s Jasmiin Ypraus taking third overall.

 

In GP2 there was a points’ upheaval following the disqualification of Portugal’s Rui Sousa for a non-conforming bike, with fellow countryman Henrique Rosa Gomes bumped up a place and sealing the title with the win in moto3. France’s Benjamin Scharff finished in second to take second overall with fellow Frenchman Simon Raoulx completing the championship podium.

 

Hungary’s Barnabas Szabo grabbed his first win of the weekend to overhaul moto 1&2 winner Goncalo Rodrigues to snatch the GP3 title by 2 points, with Marten Manni taking third overall.

 

Estonian riders dominated in Ski Juniors winning World and European titles; in GP3.2 Ander-Hubert Lauri added a second win of the weekend in the final moto, with Mattias Reinaas winning all his motos in GP3.3, Latvia’s Janis Uzare also winning three out of three to claim the European title in Veterans.