For­mosa makes com­plete sweep; Schem­bri wraps up sports cat­e­gory ti­tle

Malta Independent - - SPORT | CLASSIFIEDS -

The fourth and last MTB XC NPS race was held last Sun­day at Sel­mun.

The highly tech­ni­cal 3.0km track im­me­di­ately in­di­cated to all con­tes­tants that they were in for a tough race de­mand­ing hard and con­cen­tra­tion – the vari­able rocky stages also had a num­ber of rid­ers with­draw­ing due to flat or ripped tyres.

The ELITE rid­ers im­me­di­ately went through their busi­ness pow­er­ing through the vari­able ter­rain along the track prior to tack­ling the ‘mother of all climbs’ at the lat­ter stage of the lap. This climb ul­ti­mately proved to be the de­cid­ing fac­tor in terms of plac­ing and tim­ing for each par­tic­i­pant.

Both For­mosa (The Cy­clist) and Mark Bon­nici (Agones SFC) from the ELITE cat­e­gory set up the pace with Patrick Sci­cluna (Mosta CC) close on their heels. Ra­mon Grech (Agones SFC) ini­tially also put up a chal­lenge but had to with­draw at lap 1 due to dam­age sus­tained in his front wheel.

For­mosa kept his im­pres­sive pace through­out each lap con­stantly im­prov­ing his gap from the chas­ing duo to fin­ish all 6 laps in an im­pres­sive 1:06:31 thereby mak­ing a clean sweep of the NPS win­ning all 4 races and the ELITE over­all cat­e­gory – Sci­cluna man­aged to over­take Bon­nici in lap 5 to fin­ish 2nd in 1:09:12 with Bon­nici con­clud­ing in 3rd place in 1:12:52.

The SPORTS cat­e­gory of­fered all present a very ex­cit­ing and in­ter­est­ing con­test with the first three rid­ers plac­ing in less than one minute from each other.

Mark Mi­callef (The Cy­clist) made an im­pres­sive and wel­come re­turn to the MTB cir­cuit by fin­ish­ing first in 37’.07.40” af­ter edg­ing 2nd placed Dennis Dolci at the last stage of lap 3, the lat­ter be­ing con­strained to carry his bike all through the up­hill sec­tion with a flat tyre and still man­ag­ing to fin­ish 2nd in an im­pres­sive 37’.26.24”. Wayne Schem­bri (MTB Malta) showed all his grit in fin­ish­ing third in 38’.04.55” and also man­ag­ing to wrap up the SPORTS cat­e­gory over­all plac­ing.

The LADIES cat­e­gory was not con­tested due to the un­avail­abil­ity of all par­tic­i­pants ei­ther due to in­jury and/or per­sonal com­mit­ments abroad.

The fi­nal over­all clas­si­fi­ca­tion for the Na­tional Points Se­ries is as fol­lows:

Elite Cat­e­gory

1st - Mau­rice For­mosa, 2nd Mark Bon­nici, 3rd - Ra­mon Grech.

Sport Cat­e­gory

1st - Wayne Schem­bri, 2nd Alex Gatt, 3rd - An­ton Mus­cat.

Ladies Cat­e­gory

1st - Dan­ica Bonello Spi­teri, 2nd - Marie Claire Aquilina, 3rd Clau­dine Gatt.

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Mau­rice For­mosa

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