After a tough start at the beginning of this 2013 racing season, RRD tip rider Julien Kerneur is raising back at his usual shape and shows his better form with a good second place in very rough racing conditions.
Good performance also for Italian rider Simone Santoni, 8th overall and First in Master Division.
Julien and Simone faced the event riding their RRD K-Rapida and RRD Addiction MKIV.
Official KTE Press Release:
Hyères/ Alamanarre – With the two first days of wind, sun, 95 riders from over 14 countries coming to the South of France – Almanarre Kitemasters finished with a full freestyle event and 8 counted course races. The tour starts with 46 racers – 39 men and 7 women – as well as 49 freestylers – 37 men and 12 women. The first edition of the European tour stop on the Côte d’Azur, was a great event with a parallel execution of the two disciplines.
Focusing on course racing, the first two competition days were quite eventful. Racers entered the water early, hungry for days full of racing action. With regard to the rough sea, the course provided tactical challenges that made not only spectacular for racing, but excellent spectating as well.
On day one, French rider Maxime Nocher won three of four races following by Julien Kerneur (RRD), also from France. British race women Steph Bridge from UK, holds first place positioning, while Dutch rider Katja Roose followed her on second place. The riders were always quite close and handled out arresting battles. The second day was a smoother running. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another. With the fleet on bigger kites, Maxime Nocher, Julien Kerneur (RRD), Blazej Ozog and Florian Gruber were riding closed to each other in rotational positioning. Day three and four, brought a bout of very light, or better, no wind.
In a nutshell, ten races were sailed, with two discards in total. French riders Maxime Nocher and Julien Kerneur (RRD), managed to achieved top placements, with Maxime on first, Julien on second and Blazej Ozog on third position.