The French champion takes the Overall lead after the day 2 of IKA KiteFoil World Seriesâ round 3 in Cagliari (Italy). Russian Taradin also did a good job, going up to the second position ahead of yesterdayâs leader Bainbridge. Calbucci (8th) is the best Italian, Newland âqueenâ among Women
After âwarming-upâ on the opening day, Axel Mazella showed all his pure talent in Golfo degli Angeliâs waters on Friday, October 8th. The Frenchman dominated the second racing day, going up to take the overall lead at Sardinia Grand Slam, IKA KiteFoil World Seriesâ round 3, taking place in Cagliari, Italy (October 6-10).
Winner of Sardinia Grand Slam in 2019, Mazella claimed wins in three out of five regattas. Behind the World Seriesâ leader, RussianÂ Denis TaradinÂ climbed the ranking after the demanding opening day, whilst BritÂ Connor BainbridgeÂ went down to third position overall, after topping the Sardinia Grand Slamâs Day 1.
In Golfo degli Angeliâs waters, the wind breeze came up a little bit late, but then the race was spectacular. Third-placed in the opening race, Axel Mazella took advantage of his favourite wind conditions (13-17 nodes) to win seventh and eighth runs with a large advantage on his closest rivals, going up to Overall ranking first position. The KiteFoil World Seriesâ leader acted then a thrilling head-to-head with Russiaâs Denis Taradin in the last two races of the day, ended with a victory each.
âAfter the first race, I decided to go first on the right side of the course and it paid a lot. Race after race I did the same thing, with great results, and the other guys tried to act the same tactics. The last races were really tight with Taradinâ Mazella commented.
Russiaâs Denis Taradin gave life to a real crescendo, climbing position race by race, from the fourth one in Race 6 up to his first success in KiteFoil World Seriesâ round 3, in Race 9. A further runner-up spot put him in Overall rankingâs second position.
Connor Bainbridgeâs day 2 started with a ninth position before going back to usual performances, awarded by a runner-up spot and a continuous presence in the Top 5.
ItalyâsÂ Lorenzo BoschettiÂ took an astonishing third position in Race 9, ahead of his countrymanÂ Riccardo Pianosi. Eight overall,Â Mario CalbucciÂ is the best-ranked Italian athlete in Sardinia Grand Slamâs ranking after Day 2. âI knew I could be strong in this wind conditions, even if I couldnât predict to take the third spot. Iâve also taken the provisional lead in Race 10, before making some mistakes. Anyway, I had a good feeling and Iâm pretty happy to compete with Worldâs greatest championsâ, commented Boschetti.
FrenchÂ Poema NewlandÂ re-affirmed leader among Women after the second racing day, ahead of countrywomenÂ Lauriane NolotÂ andÂ Jessie Kampman.
âI felt really good today, with 15 nodes it was good racing. For me, it was a tactical, funny and interesting race because the wind was shifting a lot. A message for Poema? We are close and Iâm pushing hardâÂ said Lauriane Nolot, overall runner-up but strongest performer among Women in Day 2.
Today, Saturday, October 9th, the penultimate racing day at the Poetto will start at 12:00 am. A delegation from Team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, runner-up in the latest Americaâs Cup, will be the special guest of the day. The event will be broadcasted live streaming on IKA and Sardinia Grand Slamâs Facebook.