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All three events will feature the 4-way showdown between the reigning world champions from Belgium (NMP PCH HayaBusa) and the challengers from France (Weembi). Unfortunately, Arizona Airspeed will follow all three events only from the distance before taking action at the Shamrock Showdown 2017.
Today's update zooms in once again on the Weembi lineup, and it includes the video of a live NSL Talk interview with Weembi’s inside center Roy Janssen, who is an original HayaBusa member and won the first gold medal for Belgium with the team in Prostejov 2014.
FAI Mondial 2012
The name of the event truly reflected the nature of the teams in the first three places. It was the first time that HayaBusa world champion Roy Janssen competed against his three former world champion team mates (Dennis Praet, David and Andy Grauwels) – in a new slot and with three other former 4-way world champions from France in his own Weembi lineup, also inluding two brothers (Mathieu and Guillaume Bernier).
On top of that, two more 4-way world champions of 2012 (Niklas Hemlin, Thomas Hughes) competed with Arizona Airspeed at the same event.
Clash of Champions 2015
This time, the complete current HayaBusa lineup consists of four reigning 4-way world champions, after the Belgians won with new member Jeroen "Bob" Nollet at the FAI Mondial 2016.
Both teams have known each other in competition for a long time. Roy Janssen, David and Andy Grauwels finished three points behind France in Maubeuge 2008.
Jeremie Rollett, Julien Degen, Mathieu and Guillaume Bernier missed the gold medal by one single point.
They met each other again two years later in Menzelinsk 2010 where France won the 4-way gold medals and HayaBusa came in 4th.
The same Belgian lineup then completed the gold medal mission in Prostejov 2014, where only Julien Degen and Mathieu Bernier competed for the new French 4-way team and missed a medal position.
Roy Janssen left HayaBusa after Prostejov and then joined forces with Julien Degen, Mathieu and Guillaume Bernier at the Clash of Champions, and the Weembi project became a serious plan. HayaBusa continued with Jeroen Nollet in the tail slot and won the next sets of FAI gold medals, first at the Mondial 2016, then at the Indoor World Cup - four points ahead of Weembi.
The French Indoor Nationals 2017 serve as the qualification event for the indoor world meet, and the current French national 4-way Open Class team will be seriously challenged by Weembi, with national coach Mathieu Bernier in the lineup. NMP PCH HayaBusa will attend the same event and add even more excitement to the situation.
The Wind Games will be a preview of the French Indoor Nationals, as the same three teams will travel to Empuriabrava in a few weeks. The World Challenge at the beginning of April completes this unique 3-meet showdown, before only two of the three teams will compete for medals at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2017 in Canada. NMP PCH HayaBusa's tickets are secured; the French ones are still for grabs...