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WMRT, noticias del St Moritz Match Race

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Richard Focused Solely on Retaining ‘King of the Mountain’ Title

Mathieu Richard believes his chances of winning the 2011 Match Racing World Championship have all but disappeared and is now citing a third ‘King of the Mountains’ title at the St. Moritz Match Race as the boost he needs to realise his new goal of an overall podium finish.
St Moritz, Switzerland: 30 August, 2011 - On the eve of the 2011 St. Moritz Match Race, Richard and his French Match Racing Team find themselves in a very different situation to last season when they entered the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour with a commanding Championship lead. A disappointing season so far leaves them languishing in eighth place, forcing them to reassess their goals: “Mathematically it is still possible for us to win but we are realistic about things. Our aim now is to get closer to the leaders to try and achieve a podium finish overall. ”

It will be a difficult week for Richard with a further seven of the nine Tour Card Holders competing in St. Moritz, a group headed by Tour leader Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing. Richard though is in bullish mood and believes it is Bruni who carries the most pressure: “Last year we were obviously under a lot more pressure than we are now – the leader always feels it more. We are naturally very competitive so I’d prefer to be on top and under the pressure that I know Francesco will be feeling now.”

Aside from less pressure, Richard has every reason to be confident. The conditions on Lake St. Moritz are traditionally challenging but it’s a venue that he seems to tune into well: “Racing here really suits our team’s style, we have won twice and we like it very much. The small boats and shifty conditions are a great challenge and it can make it very tricky with tactics and trimming but that’s what we like.”

While Richard may feel his chance to win the 2011 Championship has passed, Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners is only 22 points adrift of Bruni and has prepared well for what is not only his St. Moritz debut but also an event that could determine his title chances: “We’ve had a couple of days to practice and I’ve also spent two and a half weeks sailing in another light boat to prepare for these [Blu26] boats here.”

“We will need to achieve top results at the remaining events to beat the top guys. There are enough points yet to be won and lost. It’s really how you end your season that counts, the teams who pick up their game now will be the ones that win.”

The first Qualifying Session will kick off tomorrow and feature Tour leader Francesco Bruni and title contenders Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat and Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team in the first flight. Catch the preview on The WMRT Morning Show with Hannah White at www.wmrt.com from 1100 local time (GMT +2) and a review of the day on The WMRT Today Show after racing finishes. Live coverage begins on Thursday 1 September from 1400 to 1600 local time (GMT +2) at www.wmrt.com.

St. Moritz Match Race: 30 août – 4 septembre

Teams for St. Moritz Match Race 2011 :

Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing
Pierluigi de Felice, Massimo Bortoletto, Matteo Auguadro

Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar
Bill Hardesty, Gerry Mitchell, Matt Cassidy

Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat
Kyle Langford, Graeme Spence, Kinley Fowler

Jepser Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners
Rasmus Kostner, Nick Blackmen, Tom Powrie

Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Fred Guilmin,Devan Le Bihan,Francois Verdier

Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team
Andres Jönssen, Philip Kai Guhle, Mathias Bredin

Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Greg Evrard, Olivier Herledant, Gilles Andre

Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing Team
Garth Ellingham, Sam Bell, Adam Martin

Johnie Berentsson ( SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
Johan Berne, Oscar Angervall, Anders Dahlsjö

Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Extreme Team Morbihan
Cédric Chateau, Yann Chateau, Mathieu Renault

Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Okalys Corum
Marc Monnin, Jean-Claude Monnin, Julien Falxa

Jerome Clerc (SUI) Team CER
Denis Girardet, Elodie Mettraux, Bryan Mettraux

2011 ISAF World Match Race Tour – ranking after five stages

1 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing – 81pts

2 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing – 74pts

3 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar – 71pts
4 Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners – 59pts
5 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat – 59pts

6 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team – 57pts

7 Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team – 57pts

8 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team – 53pts

9 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing – 39pts

10 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team – 34pts