Martin Šonka - RedBull AirRace 2017 runner up
16 / 10 / 2017

Martin Šonka - RedBull AirRace 2017 runner up

Jetsurf athlete and MotoSurf WorldCup racer Martin Šonka stood ahead of his dream. Heading into the last race of 2017 RedBull AirRace season as a championship leader, the Czech faced a great challenge to defend his four points lead from Yoshihide Muroya in the championship title battle.

The qualifying brought a big surprise. Martin finished 4th while his main title rival posted 11th fastest laptime. That meant a head to head battle in the Round of 14. Japanese began the round and was given a penalty. Martin Šonka responded with a confident and clear flight and everything seemed clear he would make a step closer to achieve it. Unpredictable weather conditions of Indianapolis Motor Speedway forced Šonka into a costly mistake – pylon hit. Muroya won the heat and Šonka was waiting for miracle – being the fastest loser and make it to round of 8. For the very first time in the RedBull AirRace history, Martin Šonka advanced as the fastest loser with a pylon hit.

Matt Hall, top gun qualifier, that was a man to beat. Šonka managed to make a clear flight while Hall scored two penalties. Drama continues as #8 from the Czech Republic heads to Final 4. Muroya opened the session and left a deep mark in Indy. Record time put his opponents under real pressure and Martin Šonka had to finish at least 2nd to clinch the title. Šonka was safe in the first lap but losing a lot of time in the second lap prevented the Czech AirForce former pilot to strike and win the title for the Czech Republic and scored 2nd in the Championship.

Jetsurf is proud to have been a technology partner on Martin’s way in 2017 campaign. Scoring 4 podium finishes and 2 victories & being the championship contender until the very last stop, make it the most successful season in Martin Šonka’s history.

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