Pattaya, Thailand. Victory Team’s five-time world champion Kevin Reiterer handled top-level pressure with a most professional manner to land with a podium spot at the end of Thai Airways Jet Ski World Cup 2018 that concluded in Pattaya, Thailand on Sunday (December 9).
Backed by Dubai-based Victory Team, the 26-year-old Reiterer did well to win the opening moto for a maximum 60 points. He was among the top once again in the second moto as he claimed a second spot behind Moto 2 winner Quinten Van Den Bossche of Belgium. With two strong motos, Reiterer managed to cling on to the overall top spot with 113 points – just five points more than second placed Van Den Bossche.
In the third moto that was held on Sunday morning, Reiterer was in full flow winning the third place and yet managed to stand in first overall with 161 points leaving Frenchman Raphael Maurin in second with 154 pooints. But luck was not on his side in the fourth and final moto on Sunday afternoon as Reiterer managed just 16 points even as Maurin went all out for a win to take the overall honours with 214 points.
Van Den Bossche finished in second overall with 189 points and a disappointed Reiterer finished in third with 177 points. “These things happen in racing and there is nothing we can do to rectify the situation now,” Reiterer said.
“I had my chances to go all out for a win, but the mechanical faults is not something that we can predict. Now it is time to turn back and see how best we can prepare for the final round of the UIM Aqua Bike Championships in Sharjah later this week,” he added.
Participating in the final round on the Sharjah Corniche this weekend, Reiterer has put himself in a solid position for another world title. The Austrian won the top spot for a second time this season in the Ski GP1 category at the UIM-ABP Aquabike Grand Prix of the Mediterranean in Olbia, Italy earlier this summer. Reiterer now leads the drivers’ standings in the Ski Division GP1 class with 95 points, straying clear of the chasing French pair of Raphael Maurin (81 points) and Mickael Poret (53 points).
The Thai Airways International Jet Ski World Cup 2018 – also called the Kings Cup Jetski World Cup – was held at the Jomtien Beach of Pattaya City in Thailand from December 6-9. The event was organised by Watercross World-Asian Multi Sports and Entertainment in league with Jet Ski World Cup Grand Prix Company.