Italian team of Matteo Nicolini and Tomaso Polli are getting prepared to the fifth round of the UIM XCAT World Series that is going to happen this weekend in Dubai.

Although they have only missed the podium once this season, it was earlier this year in Dubai that they failed to reach teh podium.

Apart from this, the pair in boat Six, claimed second spot in the season opener in Fujairah and finished third in both Cascais (Portugal) in June and the Gold Coast (Australia) in August.

But with their success largely achieved in rough conditions this year, it’s Dubai’s usually flat water that could prove tricky. So Nicolini has taken steps to counteract the expected conditions at the Dubai International Marine Club – where entry for the general public to witness the spectacle of speed is free of charge this weekend.

“It’s not too bad that we got on the podium three times when the sea conditions were rough but we missed the podium in the Dubai race that was almost flat,” said Nicolini. “That meant that we needed to work on the boat to improve our speed performance and so that is what I am trying to do now for the last two races.

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Nicolini and Polli are currently third in the overall Series standings, giving them a great opportunity for a significant step up from the fifth place in which they finished the 2014 season.

There are just five points separating Six from Team Abu Dhabi (Rashed Al Tayer and Faleh Al Mansoori) who are second on 108 points, while XDubai (Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi) are well out in front with 131 points.

Meanwhile, the Nov. 19-21 event will see the introduction of the new Mercury Racing four-stroke engines which were officially launched in the USA last week.