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The two top contenders at the Mondial Dubai 2012 never met each other this year in direct competition, which is very unusual. Only the scores at the different meets allow speculation on where the two best teams of 2012 are situated at this point in time.
The chart that has shown Hayabusa's pursuit of the US national teams over the years has no new numbers for the 2013 season. NMP-PCH Hayabusa was planning to compete at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2013, but Andy Grauwels' recovery from a surgery at the beginning of the year did not allow the Hayabusa attendance at the early outdoor competition where Airspeed competed for the first time with the new lineup.
|Paraclete XP Indoor 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|Paraclete XP Outdoor 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|USPA Nationals 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
NMP-PCH Hayabusa was still quite far ahead after the difficult competition draw at the World Cup 2013, and the Belgium team is currently the top favorite after coming back with the same lineup this year. Hayabusa's 26.7 average in Banja Luka is identical with the outdoor average after the team's three outdoor meets last year.
The Airspeed members are probably not too worried at this point in time. The scoring numbers of the past years are also showing that the second year of the world champion lineup was the strong one. Mark Kirkby and Thomas Hughes were in both lineups and know how the progression works over time.
|World Challenge 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|World Cup 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
The new 2-year time period began with both teams on very different scoring levels, and the Belgians had the head start. The difference has shrunken in 2013, even though both teams have not competed at the same meet and with the same competition draw, and the second year is coming for the new Airspeed lineup.
There is still one opportunity this year where the two best teams of 2012 can challenge each other directly. NMP-PCH Hayabusa will compete at the 4th Dubai Cup, while Arizona Airspeed had not finalized the plans after the USPA Nationals for the last top competition of the year...