A round-up of the Moto 3 action from Sharjah.
MOTO 3 – Sky Division GP1
Reiterer wins Ski Division GP1 title
In the Ski Division GP1 category, the Victory Team’s Kevin Reiterer had a 24-point advantage over 2018 European Champion Raphael Maurin heading into the final Moto of the year and the Austrian only needed to finish in the points to secure the title.
He edged into a 5.31-second advantage over Maurin through the opening lap and went on to extend that to a winning margin of 32.76 seconds to clinch a second world title and a first since 2015.
Belgian rider Quinten Bossche passed Maurin on lap six and wrapped up second, but Maurin finished as the runner-up in the championship and finished third in the final eight-lap Moto.
Reiterer posted his intent in the morning’s practice session with a fastest tour of 1min 54.79sec during his five circuits of the race course. Estonian Marten Manni was second and Frenchman Axel Courtois was third.
MOTO 3 – Sky Ladies GP1
Uzare pips Ortendahl to Ski Ladies win
Krista Uzare came into the final Ski Ladies Moto with a seven-point advantage over Sweden’s Emma-Nellie Ortendahl and the Latvian snatched the Moto 3 lead and began to pull clear of Estonian rider Jasmiin Ypraus and her Swedish rival.
Jonna Borgström was a distant fourth, as Katriin Nilbe withdrew from the race.
A determined Ortendahl overcame a mistake on her third lap and managed to pass Ypraus on the front stretch when the Estonian dropped her bike. The Swede began to close in on the leader and trailed by 5.26 seconds heading into lap five.
Uzare was able to hold off the spirited challenge to claim a 3.89-second win and a maiden world title with the Swede finishing as runner-up. Borgström passed Ypraus to take third.
Virginie Morlaes was the surprise quickest in the morning’s Ski Ladies practice session with a lap of 2min 03.83sec. She ran seven tours of the course and was 3.25 seconds quicker than Ypraus but she had to settle for the 5th spot in Moto 3.
MOTO 3 – Freestyle
Al-Mulla clean sweeps in Freestyle
Team Abu Dhabi’s newly-crowned World Champion Rashid Al-Mulla brought down the curtain on a successful season to win Moto 3 and confirm victory in every Freestyle Moto heat during the 2018 UIM-ABP Freestyle World Championship at Sharjah’s Khalid Lagoon this afternoon.
The 31-year-old Emirati (below) was again in a class of his own with his unique array of style and panache and a subtle combination of somersaults, fountains, back-flips, spins and on-water acrobatics. His reward was 92 points from the panel of five judges.
Second place and 63 points gave Portugal’s Paulo Nunes the runner-up spot in the final Freestyle classification.
Russian stunt rider Alexander Kuramshin finished third on the day and UAE’s Ali Abdeljalil was fourth.
MOTO 3 – Runabout GP1
Perez gives his rivals the Runabout
Frenchman Jeremy Perez needed to finish fourth or higher in Moto 3 to claim a maiden Runabout GP1 and deprive Kuwait’s Yousef Al-Abdulrazzaq of a fourth successive and fifth title in total.
Perez made the better start and led through the opening turns, but Al-Abdulrazzaq was not to be denied and he snatched the advantage on the turnover at the end of lap one. Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Tayer failed to start.
Al-Abdulrazzaq continued to lead into a black flag brought about by Christophe Agostini’s course violation and the leading duo held station into lap five. China’s Ronghua Wu was a close third.
The Kuwaiti was not able to shake off the pursuing Perez and the pair passed the chequered flag separated by 19.39 seconds after the World Champion elect eased over the closing turns.
Perez had done enough to confirm his first world title, but Wu’s mid-race retirement moved Lars Akerblom up to third place. James Bushell’s tremendous climb from outside the top 10 to as high as fourth fizzled out with technical issues with three and a half minutes of the 25 still to run.
Al-Tayer had put the Moto 1 and Moto 2 disappointments firmly to the back of his mind to set the fastest lap in the morning’s Runabout practice session. The Emirati was much happier with the set-up of his bike and posted a best run of 1min 43.57sec and that was 4.81 seconds quicker than James Bushell.
Title contenders Perez and Abdulrazzaq kept their powder dry for the Moto 3 showdown.
2018 UIM-ABP World Championship – Gran Prix of Sharjah
Ski Division GP1 – Moto 3
- Kevin Reiterer (AUT) – 25 pts
- Quinten Bossche (BEL) – 20 pts
- Raphael Maurin (FRA) – 16 pts
- Steven Dauliach (UAE) – 13 pts
- Keller Anders (DEN) – 11 pts
Ski Division GP1- 2018 UIM-ABP World Championship Final Standings
- Kevin Reiterer (AUT) – 170 pts
- Raphael Maurin (FRA) – 137 pts
- Quinten Bossche (BEL) – 91 pts
- Stian Schjetlein (NOR) – 64 pts
- Martin Manni (EST) – 53 pts
Ski Ladies GP1 – Moto 3
- Krista Uzare (LAT) – 25 pts
- Emma-Nellie Ortendahl (SWE) – 20 pts
- Jonna Borgström (SWE) – 16 pts
- Jasmiin Ypraus (EST) – 13 pts
- Virginie Morlaes (FRA) – 11 pts
Ski Ladies GP1 – 2018 UIM-ABP World Championship Final Standings
- Krista Uzare (LVA) – 151 pts
- Emma-Nellie Ortendahl (SWE) – 139 pts
- Jasmiin Ypraus (EST) – 93pts
- Katriin Nilbe (EST) – 86 pts
- Jonna Borgström (SWE) – 78 pts
Freestyle – Moto 3
- Rashid Al-Mulla (UAE) – 92 pts
- Paulo Nunes (PRT) – 63 pts
- Alexander Kuramshin (RUS) – 58 pts
- Ali Abdeljalil (UAE) – 54 pts
- Alberto Camerlengo (ITA) – 42 pt
- Roberto Mariani (ITA) – 19 pts
Freestyle – 2018 UIM-ABP World Championship Final Standings
- Rashid Al-Mulla (UAE) – 175 pts
- Paulo Nunes (PRT) – 110 pts
- Roberto Mariani (ITA) – 100 pts
- Alexander Kuramshin (RUS) – 96 pts
- Alberto Camerlengo (ITA) – 94 pts
- Ali Abdeljalil (UAE) – 40 pts
Runabout GP1 – Moto 3
- Yousef Al-Abdulrazzaq (KUW) – 25 pts
- Jeremy Perez (FRA) – 20 pts
- Lars Akerblom (SWE) – 16 pts
- Lorenzo Benaglia (ITA) – 13 pts
- Andrzej Wisniewski (POL) – 11 pts
Runabout GP1 – 2018 UIM-ABP World Championship Final Standings
- Jeremy Perez (FRA) – 156 pts
- Yousef Al-Abdulrazzaq (KUW) – 150 pts
- Lars Akerblom (SWE) – 77 pts
- Gyorgy Kasza (HUN) – 57 pts
- Johan Johansson (SWE) – 48 pts