UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship Italian Grand Prix - Podium places

Italian Grand Prix 2012
At the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship Italian Grand Prix, French riders dominated in Golfo Aranci - lifting a hat-trick of titles; Francois Medori took his second win of the weekend and a first title of the year in Runabout, with Jeremy Poret making it look easy completing his win double in Golfo Aranci to take his second Ski GP1 title of 2012.

Julie Bulteau took overall honours in Ski Ladies, with Slovenia's Rok Florjancic once again dominating the Freestyle event to take his third consecutive Grand Prix win.

Today's win for Medori came at the expense of Cyrille Lemoine, who took the chequered flag ahead of his countryman, only to be handed a costly penalty lap for missing a buoy, dropping him to fourth place behind Mattia Fracasso and Jeremy Perez. 'It was a silly mistake by me.' said Lemoine simply.

Both Lemoine and Medori made light work of starting from 17th and 22nd on the line - Lemoine hitting the front of the 24-bike fleet by the end of lap one, Medori moving into second place to try chase him down on lap three.

The pair raced line-astern for the remaining 10 laps with Medori unable to bring the gap down to under 10 seconds. 'It was bad luck for Lemoine but it wouldn't have changed the overall result for me.'

Italy's Mattia Fracasso produced yet another superhuman performance, and ignoring the handicap of his heavily swollen and strapped wrist, fought his way up from sixth place to finish second in heat 2 and the overall grand prix standings, with Lorenzo Benaglia completing the podium, despite finishing today in seventh place.

Jeremy Perez finally got his Championship challenge off the ground and put points on the board finishing in third in today's heat, with Emmanuel Cantamessa fifth and Louis Rizza in sixth place.

Italian Grand Prix 2012
Today's win puts Medori 21 points clear in the title race, with Benaglia moving into second place ahead of Lemoine.

In Ski, Jeremy Poret extended his winning streak to six as he picked up a third consecutive Grand Prix title; the defending World Champion led from the end of the first lap, but was pressured all the way by Spaniard Nachete Armillas, who punched the air as he crossed the line in second place to make his first World Championship podium, finishing second overall.

Morgan Poret joined his brother on the podium to complete a Poret one-three after finishing third, marking a highly successful return to the Championship.

After yesterday's bitter disappointment Slovenia's Pija Sumer responded by taking maximum points in Ski Ladies - despite parting company from her bike and being helped back to it by Estelle Poret who stopped to assist - finishing ahead of Bulteau and Stefania Balzer, but it was Bulteau who took the overall title, with Balzer second and Estelle Poret marking her return to racing with her first Grand Prix podium in third.

Today's result keeps Balzer at the top of the points table with 81 points, but Bulteau has reduced the deficit to 11.

Rok Florjancic was again the star of the Freestyle show producing yet another impressive series of tricks and demonstration of power and remains unbeaten in his last six outings, with brother Nac finishing second in today's heat and second overall in the Grand Prix Rankings ahead of Romain Stampers.

Italian Grand Prix 2012

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BIKE NORIDERNATLAPSGAPPOINTS
4Francois MedoriFRA130.0025
8Mattia FracassoITA131:5420
46Jeremy PerezFRA132:0716
9Cyrille LemoineFRA121 LAP13
11Emmanuel CantamessaFRA121 LAP11
94Pierre Louis RizzaFRA121 LAP10
44Lorenzo BenagliaITA121 LAP9
20Alessio SchintuITA121 LAP8
22Didier ChabertFRA121 LAP7
35Rocco D'ArmaITA121 LAP6
5George KaszaHUN121 LAP5
12Yousef Al AbdulrazzaqKUW121 LAP4
97Cristian DerosasITA112 LAPS3
49Antonio D'ArmaITA112 LAPS2
99Jordi Tomas JimenezESP112 LAPS1
50Gianluca Santi AmantiniITA112 LAPS
42Emanuele MasalaITA112 LAPS
84Johan JohanssonSWE103 LAPS
54Constantin SavotinRUS103 LAPS
52Teddy PonsFRA5RET
41David ChassierFRA4RET
28Patrice PellierFRA4RET
23Jean Marc DoukiFRADNS
34Antonio IelasiITADNS
47Raffaele BeniniITADNS
Freestyle
BIKE NORIDERNATVARIETYQUANTITYSTYLETOTALPOINTS
3Rok FlorjancicSLO242326,573,525
7Nac FlorjancicSLO252024,569,520
20Romain StampersFRA221822,562,516
53Sebastien TcherniaFRA221519,556,513
70Roberto MarianiITA241218,554,511
10Alexander KuramshinRUS1711214910
51Wiliam BajoletFRA141113389
Ski Division GP1
BIKE NORIDERNATLAPSGAPPOINTS
72Jeremy PoretFRA90.0025
36Nacho ArmillasESP96.5620
7Morgan PoretFRA931.5816
30Alberto MontiITA956.0113
32Alexandre BarretFRA92:03.0011
22Emanuele BalzerITA92:08.0010
43Pantus AnderssonSWE81 LAP9
4Slaven IvancicCRO81 LAP8
50Fabio NeriITA81 LAP7
18Nicola PiscagliaITA81 LAP6
23Jozef BohuslavSLO72 LAPS5
40Matteo Frolla'ITA63 LAPS4
19Gabor SzaboHUNDNS
26Eugeny ErukhimovRUSDNS
Ski Ladies GP1
BIKE NORIDERNATLAPSGAPPOINTS
25Pija SumerSLO80.0025
33Julie BulteauFRA87.6820
81Stefania BalzerITA71 LAP16
97Estelle PoretFRA62 LAPS13
11Paola BoggiITA1RET
24Marta SorrentinoITADNS

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