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Team videographer Luc Van Britsom now provided the competition videos of the eight rounds, which are showing the Belgian world champions performing the CISM specific sequences of the military 4-way format.
NMP PCH HayaBusa are a full-time military team, similar to the Golden Knights situation and the Qatar national teams, and they have to attend the annual CISM world championships as a part of their military services. Next year's event is scheduled for June and will be hosted by Austria. It will be one of the few competitions that HayaBusa will attend before trying to defend their FAI world championship title and win their 4th consecutive 4-way gold medals. There will not be much time next year to switch from the CISM to the FAI format.
However, the Belgians don't seem to be facing extremely challenging opposition in the 4-way world at the moment, and they have been able to master the combination of both outdoor events very successfully since 2014. In fact, they have also switched back and forth between indoor and outdoor competition without too much trouble and own the FAI indoor world championship title, as well.
|1||NMP PCH HayaBusa||BE||33||34(-2)||37||32(-1)||35||40||36(-1)||37||284||35.5|
HayaBusa's 8-way adventures are not new. Dennis Praet, David and Andy Grauwels had joined the 8-way competition at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2014 with Voltevobusa for the last four rounds. The complete 2015 lineup then competed with Thund8rbirds at the Belgian Nationals the same year, and later at the Clash of Champions.
The Thund8rbirds, with the Dutch/Belgian Thunder ISR lineup as the other half, came back a year later and won the Weembinamic 2016 with a 27.1 indoor average.
HayaBusa's excursion into 8-way training and competition was obviously not a one-time event, and it continued after Thunder ISR was done. ISR FireFlash became the other half of the new Fly-In Machine 44, and the new team had now turned into an eligible Belgian 8-way lineup.
USPA Nationals 2017
|G||Fly-In Machine 44||BE||23||16||17||16||15||21||16||20||26||15||185||18.5|
|G||Amphibious Attack Tigers||US||18||12||13||10||13||18||14||16||15||11||140||14.0|
|6||SDC Rhythm XP8||US||12||11||12||13||11||15||12||15||14||12||127||12.7|
|8||Spaceland Gummies 8||US||11||11||8||7||10||12||9||10||10||9||97||9.7|
|G||Perris Spider Pigs||US||5||7||4||5||6||5||7||5||4||7||55||5.5|
The Fly-In Machine 44 had even won an 8-way bronze medal for Belgium at the FAI World Cup 2017 before traveling to the United States a month later.
The HayaBusa/FireFlash joint venture came to a halt when the 4-way world champions had to focus on their title defense in Australia 2018. Then ISR FireFlash had to take a long break due to Glenn Straeluyc's work accident and injury.
Glenn Straeluyc is now ready again for 4-way and 8-way action, after the first comeback attempt at the World Challenge 2019.
The Fly-In Machine 44 is back in 8-way action and without any serious plans for the near future yet. However, it will probably not take too much training for the Belgians to get back to 8-way medal level...