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... that the most exciting battle in Dubai is for the 11th place?

DZ-TV scoreboard in Dubai on Sunday evening
posted Dec 4th, 2011 - Round 7 at the 3rd Dubai Championship 2011 went by like a breeze. The teams in the same boat in both categories, NMP-PCH Hayabusa in the Open Class and Aerodyne Deep Blue Defenders in the female category, did not get to attack or any closer. To the opposite, the leaders moved further away.

NSL News correspondent in Dubai, Qatar Falcons member Max Thiele, mentioned after Round 6 that the sequences of Round 7 and Round 8 do not really invite for a charge. However, he also said that Hayabusa is ready to give it a try anyway, while the French female lineup needed help from the British Bodyflight members or from the judges.

Neither happened, and the meet is pretty much over, at least for the teams on the top of the leaderboard in the Open Class, and the ladies also know exactly by now how much of the prize money they will take back home.

3rd Dubai Championship 2011Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7Round 8TotalAvg
Rank4way OpenL,C,P,20K,M,6,15G,19,H,112,10,E13,9,5O,7,3B,21,164,1,22TotalAvg
1France Aerodyne Aerokart 33 (-1) 26 (-2) 26 20 (-1)252728-18526.4
2Belgium NMP-PCH Hayabusa 32 (-1) 23 (-1) 25 (-1) 22 (-1)252725-17925.6
3SDC Rhythm XP 28 24 23 18212322-15922.7
4USA Perris Fury 28 (-1) 19 (-4) 21 17 (-1)19 (-2)2421 (-1)-14921.3
Important experience in Dubai: Aerodyne Deep Blue Defenders, here with Max Thiele's brother, Paratec-Saar member Jorn Thiele
Max Thiele watched the jumps of the top teams and said that Hayabusa had a little hickup at the first Block 16 (Compressed Accordeon - Box) and may have lost the confidence to push the limits or could not build enough momentum after the early flaw. France had a perfect round on the other side, which did not help the Belgian cause very much.

He added that the new French female lineup is now paying for the lack of experiences compared to the UK lineup. It could be a good learning experience, and the team is in the early stages of getting back to the top speed of the previous lineup. He said that Bodyflight simply delivered a great and almost flawless performance.

The biggest question is behind the future of this British lineup. It was a pickup team for this event, as reported earlier. The NSL News will follow up with a more comprehensive evaluation of the situation in the female category once the Dubai desert dust has settled.

3rd Dubai Championship 2011Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7Round 8TotalAvg
Rank4way WomenL,C,P,20K,M,6,15G,19,H,112,10,E13,9,5O,7,3B,21,164,1,22TotalAvg
1UK Team Blue 21 (-1) 22 16 (-1) 16 (-1)1819 (-2)20-13218.9
2France Aerodyne DB Defenders 19 (-1) 20 20 15162017-12718.1
3Russia Illusions 19 (-1) 18 (-1) 14 (-4) 14 11 (-2) 18 (-1) 15 (-1) -10915.6
Last meet for SDC Rhythm XP lineup with Rob Radez
The re-match of the US teams in Dubai, SDC Rhythm XP and Perris Fury, is also over. Rhythm won another point without one single mark on the score sheet while Fury had one penalty. It was a good jump for the Perris team, as Max Thiele reported, and it had the potential for a point or two more within working time without a serious collision in Block 21 (Zig Zag - Marquis) on the 4th page.

He said that Center Inside and Outside (Chris Farina - Christy Frikken) looked a little bit shocked after both of their heads collided with the other shoulder. The penalty was not related to this incident.

SDC Rhythm XP members told Max Thiele that they had their own troubles with Block 21, as well. They have not found their best way yet how to perform the technique. The fine tuning will have to take place with a new Center Inside, as Rob Radez is making his farewell competition in Dubai.

Dubai Championship 2011Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7Round 8TotalAvg
RankAAA/Open ClassL,C,P,20K,M,6,15G,19,H,112,10,E13,9,5O,7,3B,21,164,1,22TotalAvg
11South Africa 14 8 10 10 7 12 12-7310.4
11Germany Zero Gravity 13 10 10 8 10 11 11-7310.4
11Dubai Gold 13 10 11 10 8 10 11-7310.4
11CZ Bad Boys 7 11 10 11 10 12 12-7310.4
Dubai Red captain Craig Girard on his new home turf in Dubai
Even the Gulf Cup has no thrills to offer any longer. The Qatar Tigers ran away from the whole Arabian field. Max Thiele's Qatar Falcons put some pressure on the Tigers for a while and until Round 5. Then the Tigers ran away from their training partners, as well. It was too early for Craig Girard's (Dubai Red) and Eliana Rodriguez' (Dubai Gold) lineups from Dubai to challenge the Qatar teams. The NSL News reported during the coverage of the USPA Nationals 2011 how young and new the Dubai teams are. Max Thiele said that this may change as soon as the two new windtunnels in Dubai, one 16-footer and one 22-footer, are ready for full 4way training.

The most intensive battle of the 3rd Dubai Championship 2011 takes place right in the middle of the leaderboard and includes four teams from four different countries. It is the 11th place that is the goal of this battle, which offers no prize money or other glories. Eliana Rodriguez and her Dubai Gold lineup is a part of this race, as well as Jan Klapka and his Bad Boys from the Czech Republic.

South Africa has three members who also competed in Dubai in January this year (Alex Jordaan, Dirk Venter, Anna-Marie Johnson), with Bailey Edmunds joining for this meet. Germany's team Zero Gravity has Janine Tillenburg and Dennis Gottschalk in the lineup who also competed with the Connatural family team in January. South Africa won easily in January, and Zero Gravity is now holding up in this exciting internal race.

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