Wednesday, 14 June: The first UIM-ABP Aquabike World Rankings of 2017 sees some familiar names locking out the top spots in the points’ standings.


Following the opening rounds of the UIM-ABP World and Continental Championships and with National Championships in full swing, all four world champions currently sit at the top.


In Runabout GP1 the fight to be number 1 at the end of the year is a mirror image of the on water battle between Kuwait’s Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq and Briton James Bushell, separated by 187 points with Abdulrazzaq on top with 1171. Third spot belongs to France’s Jeremy Perez who has been world number for the last four years.


The Poret brothers, Jeremy and Mickael, who like their peers in Runabout have each claimed a Grand Prix title this year, lock out the top two places in Ski GP1 with 1257 and 1073 points, the French duo chased by Norway’s Stian Schjetlein.


Sweden’s Emma-Nellie Ortendahl leads in the Ladies Division from Estelle Poret who has picked up both the GP titles in 2017, the youngest of the Poret family just 136 points adrift and ahead of New Zealander Kylie Ellmers with her best ever ranking to date and enjoying a great run of form.


In Freestyle Italy’s Roberto Mariani is sandwiched between Slovenian brothers Rok and Nac Florjancic, each with a title apiece on the UIM-ABP world tour and finishing one-two in the opening round of the European Continental Championship.


The UIM-ABP World Ranking is the addition of all points allocated to a Rider for overall event results, from 1 January to 31 December, for all competitions sanctioned by the UIM and proceeding according to UIM Aquabike rules.


Ranking points are awarded based on the final event results’, the category of the event, with 20% of the previous year’s accumulated points carried over.


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