Rashid Al Mulla (centre) celebrates victory on the podium in Olbia, Italy.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE’s Rashid Al Mulla is firmly on course for a fourth successive world aquabikes crown after recording a comprehensive overall victory at the Regione Sardegna Grand Prix of Italy.
Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning world freestyle champion was in a class of his own as he completed back-to-back moto victories in the opening round of this year’s UIM-ABP Aquabike Class Pro World Championship in Olbia.
He will now take a record of 12 consecutive Grand Prix victories and 26 moto wins into November’s second round of the championship in Kuwait, with the season reaching its climax in Sharjah in December.
“The whole grand prix weekend in Olbia was amazing,” said Mulla. “We tuned the ski perfectly and it was flying. It was great to raise the UAE flag as the No.1 again.”
The Emirati again had too many tricks in his repertoire to be troubled by his biggest rival, Italy’s reigning European champion Roberto Mariani, who once more had to settle for second best.
Mulla’s Abu Dhabi team-mate, Emma-Nellie Ortendahl, needed treatment for an injured elbow after the three-times Ski Ladies GP1 champion battled to a brave third place overall in Olbia.
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