Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashid Al Mulla clinched a second successive world aquabikes freestyle title with room to spare at the Grand Prix of Sharjah today.
The Emirati will officially be crowned on Friday night after extending his remarkable winning sequence to ten Grand Prix in the final round of the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship.
After exhaust problems the previous day interrupted his qualifying routine, Al Mulla shrugged off further engine issues to win today’s first of two motos and move 25 points clear of his nearest challenger, Italy’s Roberto Mariani.
Needing only a single point to retain his title, Al Mulla made sure a few hours later by winning his 23rd successive moto, with the final moto of the season to follow on Friday afternoon.
Freestyle championships standings
1 RASHID AL MULLA UAE 200 – champion
2 ROBERTO MARIANI IT 170
3 SERGEY CHEMEZOV RU 151
4 JAROSLAV TIRNER CZ 148
5 PAULO NUNES PT 117
6 NIELS WILLEMS BE 71
7 ALEXANDER KURAMSHIN RU 63
8 VLADISLAV VOROBEV RU 51
9 YASSINE FADLI AE 30
10 ALBERTO CAMERLENGO IT 29
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