After the 4th leg of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe in France, almost all KTE racers went to Italy for the IKA World Champions 2012. The first day picked up with a light Scirocco breeze in the afternoon to get all european favorites right on top.
Great start for the new European Champion, Riccardo Leccese (Columbian guy riding under the Italian team) who won all the races on his fleet. Leccese is leading now the overall ranking together with Heineken, who managed to get three bullets each out of the difficult conditions. German racer Florian Gruber placed in 5th after three races in each of the four fleets the competitors were divided.
Riccardo Leccese. "After the three first places today I' m convinced I can win the title. I can't wait til Saturday, so I can compete against Heineken in the gold race: he is my only concern."
Over in the womens fleet, it was an all-win day for Erika Heineken, chased by defending triple world champion Steph Bridge, who just crowned the European Champion title 2012 in France. Caroline Adrien scored constant top 5 places ranking her 3rd overall.
Keep it up!