It’s been a long wait for Michael Goulian – nine years since the last win in Budapest 2009. Flying consistently fast all week, persistence paid off.

50,000 spectators watched on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche as Michael Goulian delivered an impressive 53.695 second time through the track during the Final 4, ultimately pushing him at the top of the podium.

“It was awesome, and my whole team is over the moon. It’s been a long time coming to get my second win, but it feels great. I was very fast all week and very consistent. I was excited for Qualifying, excited for the race, but I knew I couldn’t get too excited. So we worked on just putting one foot in front of the other and making small improvements. I had a feeling we would do well today, but I didn’t want to put the cart in front of the horse. We want to be consistent now and we want to win races, but our aim is to make the Final 4, get the points and be in the hunt for the World Championship.”

Watch Michael’s full race and commentary:

Results Master Class Abu Dhabi 2018: 1. Michael Goulian (USA), 2. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 3. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 4. Martin Šonka (CZE), 5. Matt Hall (AUS), 6. Ben Murphy (GBR), 7. François Le Vot (FRA), 8. Mika Brageot (FRA), 9. Petr Kopfstein (CZE), 10. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 11. Juan Velarde (ESP), 12. Cristian Bolton (CHI), 13. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 14. Pete McLeod (CAN)

World Championship standings after one race: 1. Michael Goulian (USA) 15 points, 2. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 12 pts, 3. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 9 pts, 4. Martin Šonka (CZE) 7 pts, 5. Matt Hall (AUS) 6 pts, 6. Ben Murphy (GBR) 5 pts, 7. François Le Vot (FRA) 4 pts, 8. Mika Brageot (FRA) 3 pts, 9. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 2 pts, 10. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 1 pt, 11. Juan Velarde (ESP) 0, 12. Cristian Bolton (CHI) 0, 13. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 0, 14. Pete McLeod (CAN) 0

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