Friday, 30 November: The Ladies division has produced some of the outstanding racing and performances of the season and the three way fight for the title between Latvia’s Krista Uzare, Sweden’s two-time and defending champion Emma-Nellie Ortendahl and Estonia’s Katriin Nilbe – all three picking up moto wins this year and locking out the podium places – will be settled on Khalid Lagoon at the UIM-ABP Aquabike Grand Prix of Sharjah.
With 75 points on offer it is Uzare who has the advantage of a nine point cushion over Ortendahl, the pair delivering two standout motos in Gallipoli with the Latvian rider picking up her maiden UIM-ABP moto and GP win and they were at it again in the first moto in Olbia, Uzare again coming out on top. Then Nilbe stepped up and joined the title challengers’ party, picking up her maiden moto success to split Uzare and Ortendahl, but has work to do in third, 23 points back of the points’ leader.
Heading the chase to try to get amongst the end of year podium slots is Britain’s Mollie Fearn who has enjoyed a very solid debut season on the UIM-ABP tour with a best moto third and fourth overall in Olbia, Estonia’s Jasmiin Yprause with two top six finishes, the younger of the Borgstrom sisters Sofie who picked up her best ever moto and GP result with a third and fourth overall in Gallipoli and Jonna, who looks to be coming back to form after her crash and suffering a broken arm in Sharjah last year.
Both Uzare and Nilbe are targeting a maiden UIM-ABP world title, to successfully defend her title and make it three in a row Ortendahl will relish the challenge she faces and especially on a circuit where she is unbeaten in the last two years!