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Alex

Goodbye, Dave.

Alex @ Friday, May 22nd 12:21AM   [link]

Movement

#24 Mikael Johansson passed Rene B this week after 1.9 AF points worth of cuts from DK Mountain. The Mountain has long been his weakest track, but his new 3lap of 1'45"2 was 2.0s quicker compared to his old PR from last year, and it was a big jump from 64th place to 24th place. Mikael missed the Titan+ standard but still improved from Titan D to A. He also lowered his lap to 34"1, about 1/3rd of a second quicker and now in 25th place, which is lower than his 30.2 AF. This means that Mikael has converted DKM from his worst track to an above-average track, and he even says there is more room for improvement. Only a few of his times remain outside the top-40. The lowest one is Peach Beach 3lap ranked 49th, even though it's a Myth time and not one of his 10 other remaining Titan times.

#116 Matt Wills raced his sixth and seventh Titan time this week on Mushroom Bridge with a 1'20"7 and 26"37 lap. His lap was a 0.2s cut to gain 20 positions, and the 3lap was a slightly more impressive 0.9s cut to go 40 positions higher. It was also ranked 99th place, making it Matt's third top-100 time. Matt intends to try some Baby Park next, where his last PR was more than two months ago and he feels that he should be able to go under 1'06. He passed Piet in the ranking this week.

#664 Anna Moon played lots of Star Cup, lopping off 100 or more positions from each of Sherbet Land 3lap as well as 1lap, Yoshi Circuit 3lap and 1lap, and Mushroom City 3lap. Her only PRs not to be such a big cut was Mushroom City lap, where she already had a decent time. Anna's motivation was to improve her Star Cup to at least Intermediate A level, and she managed to score an Advanced D lap on Sherbet Land to add to her existing collection of 8 Advanced times in Mushroom and Flower Cups. She intends to try DK Mountain and then move onto Special Cup and take those to Int A, as well.

#706 Ben Stoneman powered through many 20 PRs across multiple submissions over the week and accumulated a 122pt AF cut. A few of his cuts were by big jumps of 200+ positions, likely because he hadn't played them very much. His best times were perhaps on Yoshi Circuit: a 1'52" 3lap ranked 565th and a 35"9 lap ranked 484th makes it his best track, particularly the lap because it's his first top-500 time and first Advanced B time. Ben has 8/32 Advanced so far, 6 of which he created in the past few days. Hard to say where his first Expert time will be, but expect more Advanced times soon. He hasn't played a few courses--such as Cruiser, Desert, and Stadium--for a month and still has Beginner times listed, so Ben is not out of options on what to try next.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Elliot Griffiths (668th, Intermediate A)

Elliot is an MKDS player who wants a bit of variety. He joins just behind Anna in the rankings, and even has some Expert times on DK Mountain.
Alex

Wow, Juve, that was neat. But can you do it again?

Alex @ Friday, May 15th 12:53AM   [link]

Movement

#13 Ryan Stevens cut a large chunk of what was already one of his best times, on Rainbow Road, dropping it from 2'55"6 to 2'54"8. He said that it was only 0.3s off his personal best splits and he didn't expect to surpass it anytime soon. Ryan's new score is 3rd place overall, just 0.15s behind Richard and Andreas, which is higher than his previous best time (ranked 4th) on Wario Colosseum lap. Ryan also improved his lap time to 57"51, contributing a little more to his 0.16 AF cut. This cut wasn't enough for a position switch just yet, but he reduced the gap to Raphael S and Marius M to only 0.3 AF points. Ryan's ARR cuts, however, were enough to promote him to Myth+ status, and he now 17/32 God times -- just over half.

#117 Matt Wills is still on track to reach the top-100 after he made a 4.5pt AF cut this week. With 20 further points needed to reach #100 Ben Z, the target is closer in sight. Matt started the week with a pair of new Peach Beach times, but was annoyed to miss two subs by 0.01 each. He continued playing the Beach and scored the subs later in the week: 1'09"96 and 22"41. Both were jumps of 3 standards each, and both were Titan times, giving Matt his 4th and 5th Titan. He added a 1'44"66 Yoshi Circuit and 2"22"9 Bowser's Castle to the mix later on, both jumps of about 30 positions, and both nice subs. Matt's victims this week included #119 Rob van Z, #120 Jivago da S, and veterans #121 Simon F and #122 Cole G. Coming up next? There's Piet d D, Florian V, Dave T, Jeffrey G, and all the way to Ben Z and the top-100.

#676 Anna Moon scored a 26pt AF cut this week and moved up some 30-odd positions. Her 8 new PRs included four new Advanced times, increasing her tally from 4/32 to 8/32. A 26"6 lap on Luigi Circuit was one of her new Advanced times, and Anna said she's tried to switch a mushroom to the last corner but is not yet in the habit of pulling it off well. She also went under 1'40 for the first time on Mario Circuit, one of her weaker courses, and managed to get two more Advanced times there. Thanks to her 0.4pt ARR cut, Anna reached Intermediate A level. A similar effort repeated 2-3 times should take her to the Advanced ranks.

#818 Ben Stoneman focused on three of his weakest tracks: Mush City, Bowser's Castle, and Rainbow. The City is still giving him trouble and his 3lap remains at low-Beginner level despite chopping off 2 seconds off his best lap, but perhaps he is getting the hang of it. His Rainbow Road exploits fared far better, subtracting over 300 positions off his old times to get a pair of Intermediate As. They were 0.1s away from becoming his 3rd and 4th Advanced times, so maybe Ben will try to improve them again. He also improved his Castle times to Intermediate, much better than his previous Beginner C times, and became an Intermediate D player overall.


New Records

Andrew Math, 60Hz Champion, lowered his own Bowser's Castle record to 2'17"073, a 0"11 improvement that bumped his standard from G+7 to G+9. Andrew has a comfortable 0"33 lead over second place (and 0"79 in 60Hz) but was still frustrated to miss out on G+10 and the sub.

New Players

None this week...
Alex

After those crazy Champions League first legs, next week will be must-see tv.

Alex @ Friday, May 8th 06:56AM   [link]

Just a quick update for the past six days.

Movement

#25 Mikael Johansson decided to try his luck on his worst track, DK Mountain, which happens to be the one of only two tracks where his times are not ranked in the top-40. He improved his lap on the Mountain from 34"8 to 34"51, moving it from 64th to 45th place. A 45 is still far from his AF of 32.1, but it's progress. Mikael reduced his AF by 0.6 from this one single cut, and is now 1.1pts behind #24 Rene B.

#849 Ben Stoneman scored a 63pt AF cut, a healthy start to his new tenure in MKDD. He only sent in 8 PRs, so he's just warming up. All 8 of his PRs were Intermediate or better, which is his first batch of Intermediates, and two of them were even Advanced. His best time at the moment is a Yoshi Circuit 36"7 lap, ranked 584th, but that will no doubt change with his next update. Ben became a Beginner A with this week's ARR cuts, and is on the cusp of reaching Intermediate.


New Records and Players

No new players, but there's a rumour that another top-tier player (not just Ben) might join soon.
Alex

I feel about as young/old as yesterday.

Alex @ Saturday, May 2nd 02:58AM   [link]

Movement

#25 Mikael Johansson took the 25th place outright after breaking off the tie with Marc S. He had a new 59"6 lap on Wario Colosseum to report, but says he can go at least a full second quicker per lap if he could figure out the rhythm for using R-tech on the spiral. Mik's time, although top-40 material, is over two seconds behind the R-tech experts.

#27 Stacy Needham continued playing Bowser's Castle and improved his times from his last update. His new 2'19"6 course time was a Titan+ run, shaving off a third of a second, and his new 45"32 lap, ranked 19th, was his equal best position to date. It was a also a nice upgrade from Myth C to Myth A, taking Stacy very close to the next promotion.

#41 Jacob Purcell returned with a handful of new times after getting a new controller, and passed Mike H in the ranking as a result. He improved both Bowser's Castle times, taking the lap to Titan+ level and the 3lap to Titan B, although he only just missed on scoring a 2'20 sub there. His other big cut on was Dino Dino Jungle, from 1'44"0 to 1"43"4, which is ranked 15th at the moment and is his 4th time ranked in the overall top-20.

#87 Noah Murad's 7.2pt AF cut this week was well-executed in a dense area of players, and it propelled him ahead of veterans such as Rob C, Paul R, Leo B, Jon P, Kevin S, Max R, and Sylvin R. In 60Hz he also reached the top-50 by passing Rob, Paul and Sylvin, as well as Alex H and Jerrol H. Noah's primary focus this week was to beat Sherbet Land, the last of his remaining 2012 times, and he managed to beat both lap and course in the same run with 24"6 and 1'16"8. Both times were mid-Hero level and not as strong as his ARR of Titan D, so he should be able to improve them further. He also played Daisy Cruiser and turned it into one of his better tracks, going from 110th to 75th place with a 1'39"6, his first sub there and almost a whole second quicker than four weeks ago. Noah gave some attention to Wario Colosseum afterwards and improved both times from Hero to mid-Titan, both also top-100 times. Another two top-100 times came from 1'44"0 Yoshi Circuit (132nd to 95th) and from 1'29"89 Mario Circuit (112nd to 88th). Noah has only 9 times left ranked outside the top-100.

#122 Matt Wills scored a number of small milestones this week, passing 8 players to get to the top-125 in the Combined ladder, reaching the 60Hz top-75 (he is now No. 73), racing his third Titan time, and becoming a Hero B. All that from only 4 PRs? They must have been pretty good! Matt sliced a whole second off his Wario Colosseum 2lap, taking it down to 2'03"8, and 0"7 off his lap, taking it down to 1'01"2. Both were Hero B times compared to his old Hero Ds, and higher by about 50 positions each. Matt said he missed a mini turbo in both of them, so thinks he should have gone a little faster but is also struggling with being consistent with the R-tech on the spiral. His other new times, on Mushroom City, were both also about 50 positions higher: the 3lap, from 1'39"1 to 1'38"2, was a new Hero B time; and the lap, from 32'38 to 31"96, was a Titan time and very close to breaching the top-100.

#333 Stephen De Winter reported that he watched someone's youtube video of Baby Park and noticed that he was doing his shrooms all wrong. He quickly started practicing and smashed his lap from 9"38 to 9"05, a jump of over 120 positions. It was one of only three Advanced times that Stephen had left that were keeping him from 32/32 Expert, so he is now down to just two remaining: one on Luigi Circuit and and one on Mario Circuit.

#437 Mark Vizza scored two minor subs this week, a 31"9 lap in Dry Dry Desert and 2'32"9 course time in Bowser's Castle, and played some Waluigi Stadium as well. He passed Mark C in the rankings.

#708 Anna Moon felt inspired to play after watching some Twitch kart streams, and had 4 PRs to report. She was happy to improve her weakest track, Bowser's Castle, by about 80 positions on both lap and 3lap. She also beat her best lap on Daisy Cruiser with a no-shroomer during a 3lap race, so she spent some more time on it and lowered it from 36"8 to 36"3, a nice jump of 59 positions but unfortunately missed out on the Advanced D standard by a few hundredths of a second.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Ben Stoneman, Australia (#898, Beginner B)

This Ben suspiciously has the same name as one of the world's best MKDS players, so let's see if he chooses to dedicate more than a passing fancy to MKDD and climb the rankings.
Alex

Bayern on a rampage. Portuguese-speaking teams beware.

Alex @ Tuesday, April 21st 08:24PM   [link]

Movement

60Hz Champion, Andrew Math was active this week and scored a new WR. He didn't gain a position, but is currently #4 in the Combined ladder and 0.15pts behind #3 Kouider.

#25 Mikael Johansson tied #25 Marc S to tentatively reach the top-25. It's a precarious position to hold since small fluctuations in AF can dislodge him back to 26th place. In any case, his extended his lead (to 0.45pts) over #27 Stacy, which perhaps gives him some comfort. Mikael's new times were both on Dino Dino Jungle, a 1'44"1 and 33"45. The course time was a useful 0"3 cut and upgraded his Titan time to Myth D, but Mikael felt he should do better since he missed several MTs in his run. He now has 22/32 Myth times with 10 Titans remaining.

#94 Noah Murad's 5.4pt AF cut was enough to pass Fabien S and Marvin M on the ladder. He had 7 new PRs to share and was most happy to beat his old 26"10 Mushroom Bridge lap with a new time of 26"00. It was one of Noah's few remaining 2012 PRs and he thought it would be the last to fall (since it was, until very recently, his best ranked time), but he improved it in front of his roommate Rob P. Noah's new lap, ranked 41st and Myth B, is his new best-ranked time and highest standard. Among his other PRs was a 1'16"97 Luigi Circuit, finally subbing 1'17 and also scoring a top-100 time and new Titan time in the process. Noah also learned the ins and outs of Waluigi Stadium and lowered his times from 1'42"4 / 32"1 to 1'41"2 / 31"7, both of which were upgrades from Hero to Titan and about 40-50 positions higher. The lap, in particular, was ranked 55th and is one of Noah's highest ranked times. After improving Mario Circuit lap and Yoshi Circuit lap, Noah reports that he only has Sherbet Land PRs remaining from 2012, since he's improved all the rest in his comeback.

#130 Matt Wills played Mario Circuit and Waluigi Stadium this week, scoring 4 PRs on his way to a 6pt AF cut. His new times in the Stadium were very similar to Noah's old times above, and were nice cuts of 25-30 positions each with the better of them ranked 122nd. Meanwhile, Matt almost pinned his third top-100 time to the wall on Mario Circuit, but just came up short: his 1'30"3, although a large 0"8 improvement, was ranked 109th. It was still Matt's third best ranked time so far, but he felt disappointed to miss out on the top-100 time.

#420 Fausto Di Iorio returned after a one year break and raced three new times as a warm up exercise to regain his skills. He beat his Mushroom City 3lap by 0"7, but more significantly lowered by Bowser's Castle times by 50 positions each. Fausto's new 49"5 lap was his sixth Expert time and first sub-50 lap. Plus, it was ranked 370th place, which makes it his third best time so far. He has 8 times so far ranked in the top-400, slightly above his AF, but also has a number of times ranked below 500 and even below 600, so his quickest route to reaching Expert level may be to focus on his weak points.

Rob Prittie, roommate of #94 Noah, watched his friend race some PRs and decided to fill some more of his timesheet. Rob sent in 13 PRs and now has a time for the first three cups bar Special Cup and DK Mountain. Rob is ranked higher on all of his laps compared to his 3lap, which is usually an indication that he hasn't spent enough time on the courses to get consistent runs. He reported that he is beating all of his records 'non-stop', even with many mistakes, so he expects to continue improving over the coming weeks. Rob reached Beginner A level this week and doubled his number of Intermediate times from 5 to 10, so he should reach Intermediate level with his next batch of PRs.


New Records

Andrew Math beat his 2'17"3 Bowser's Castle set in February with a new score of 2'17"186. This was a 0"15 cut and upgrade from G+5 to G+7. Back in February, Andrew said that 2'16 is possible. He wasn't very far off in this run, and currently has a 0"3 lead over second place.


New Players

None this week.
Alex

Reminder: Champions League quarter finals today and tomorrow.

Alex @ Tuesday, April 14th 10:02PM   [link]

Movement

#26 Mikael Johansson continued to maintain a slight edge on #27 Stacy Needham this week. He re-visited Dino Dino Jungle, a track he hadn't played since last July, and commented that it took him a long time to remember how to play the track properly after such a long break. He managed to beat his lap in the end, a 33"46 to his old 33"65, which was top-25 as well as Myth B performance. Mikael lowered his AF by 0.4, and also made a tidy cut in ARR. Meanwhile, Stacy had 3 PRs to report, totalling 0.65 AF points and slightly making up ground on Mikael. His first cut was a 1'05"1 Baby Park 7lap, a new Myth C time and not far behind Mik's 1'04 sub from last week. He shaved a little off Mario Circuit lap, but scored a more substantial 0.3" second cut in Bowser's Castle lap with a 45"48. His previous lap was Titan A whereas the new time was Myth C and ranked twenty positions higher. Although both players are only 0.3pts apart in the AF rankings, Mik reached Myth C last week while Stacy is just on the other side of the barrier.

#434 Luke Hubbard and #437 Mark Vizza are also in a tussle, with Luke taking the lead for the first time. His 5 PRs were spread over Luigi Circuit, Mushroom Bridge, Daisy Cruiser and Dry Dry Desert. A few of the PRs were clearly examples of Luke focusing on his weakest tracks and bringing them up to par with the rest of his timesheet, but he seemed to have an epiphany in the Desert and smashed his course time from 1'43" to 1"38"6, a jump of nearly 200 positions. His lap also tumbled from 31"8 to 30"8, giving him his new best-ranked time at 306th place. These were Luke's 4th and 5th Expert times after Baby Park and DK Mountain. #437 Mark played Mushroom Bridge and Mushroom City this week, his two mycological weaknesses in which neither his course or lap time were top-500 level. He improved his Bridge time by 41 positions to 1'27"7, but couldn't nail the top-500 time yet. However, this led to the City with a 34"2, making the cut at 497th place. Mark's new Bridge times were slower than Luke's, but his City times were both faster, and he still has a superior ARR, so let's see what happens next week.

#582 Jonathan Toole-Charignon returned to MKDD after a little over two years break. He started remembering how to play against with the gentlest course, Luigi Circuit, and managed to improve both of this times. His 3lap of 1'20"9 was almost a 2.5 seconds cut and a gain of over 200 positions, producing his second ever top-500 time (after Rainbow Road lap). Jonathan also smashed his lap, deciding to make one of his 0-shroomers into a fast-lap attempt when he noticed that he was racing it quite well, and finished with a 25"7. This was a 1.5 seconds cut form his old lap and not only his first top-400 time but also his first top-300 time and first Expert time. This seems like a good start to a comeback.


New Players or Records

None this week.
Alex

Imagine if MKDD mini turbos were done at 200cc. Could your fingers handle the breakage?

Alex @ Thursday, April 9th 10:31PM   [link]

Movement

#27 Mikael Johansson once again passed perennial rival Stacy N. this week with a 1.5pt AF cut. The duo have been very close for several months and pole position has switched owner a few times already. Stacy was inactive this week, giving Mikael the chance to take the lead. His 4 PRs were a double on Baby Park and double on Rainbow. Mikael finally broke two very difficult subs in the Park, racing a 1'04"97 to cut a quarter second off his time, and a shiny new 8"59 lap. The lap was only a 0.02 improvement, but that's quite a lot in the Park, and it made the difference between Myth and God standards -- it was his third one to date. Mikael also cut a whole second off his Rainbow course time, going as fast as 2'58"4 and jumping from 62nd to 40th place, but reported that he was having trouble with the last turn and it was costing him time. He scored two new Titan+ times there for his efforts, but may return again much sooner than he's likely to return to Baby Park, in which he thinks he's done all he can do for a while. Each of Mikael's PRs contributed to his 0.22 ARR cut for the week, which was enough to promote him to Myth C level.

#96 Noah Murad got ahead of Scott A this week, surprising himself with a 8"67 Baby Park lap that he didn't expect. It was a jump from Titan D to Titan B, and saved him 20 positions in the rankings for that lap. He also lowered his Mario Circuit to 1'30"3, down 0.4s, saving a similar 20 positions. Noah says he feels confident to improve his Circuit time again, maybe even go for the sub. In the mean time, he quietly crossed the Hero-Titan border and became Titan D without mentioning it in his updates.

#133 Matt Willis continued to hold off his promised temporary break from MKDD and raced some new PRs. In particular, he upgraded his 5 remaining Expert times to Hero, giving him 32/32 Hero. One of them was Sherbet Land, which Matt improved by 52 positions to 1'17"1, and likewise with the lap. Another was Bowser's Castle, where Matt worked on his fireball avoidance tactics and gained about 20 positions with a 2'23"79, but more impressively squashed his old lap (from 207th down to 155th). Matt also returned to DKM and raced Jocelyn-frustrating times of 1'49"6 and 35"5, the first being a sub and the second almost half a second quicker than before. His lap there, ranked 113rd, is currently his 3rd best time.

#284 Jocelyn Sitek happened to be active anyway, racing a 8"99 sub on Baby Park after half a dozen 9.00x misses. It was a big cut for Jocelyn, saving him some 60 positions in the chart. Matt thinks Jocelyn can beat his new DKM times, since Jocelyn already raced a 1'49"7 in January and Matt just pipped him to the post by mere frames.

#438 Mark Vizza had 11 PRs to report, some big some small. One of the big ones was a 1'42"4 Dry Dry Desert, a second and half quicker than before and Mark's 22nd top-500 time. Similarly, Daisy Cruiser 35"1 was his 23rd top-500 time and made up almost 40 positions. Mark also scored him 5th Expert time on Rainbow Road with a 3'09"4, chopping off nearly a second. All up Mark accumulated enough cuts to reach Advanced A level in ARR. Next stop is Expert, but he will need to increase his Expert tally from 5/32 to maybe 16/32 or higher.

#454 Luke Hubbard, armed with 17 PRs and his first Expert time, scored a 44pt AF cut to make a big jump in the rankings. He is now 12 points behind Mark. Luke's first Expert time came accompanied by two more, giving him a total of 3 this week: a 9"17 Baby Park lap (big 150-position cut), and two DK Mountain times both ranked 320-350th. He's not ready to challenge Matt or Jocelyn's Mountain times yet, but his new 37"8 lap is ranked 328th and is his best time so far, showing his potential to score top-400 times. Luke still has some scores ranked lower than 600, so his timesheet could use a little polish.


New Players or Records

None this week.
Alex

Updating on time, thanks to LAX wifi between flights. I like the modern world.

Alex @ Wednesday, April 1st 09:39PM   [link]

Movement

#4 and 60Hz Champion, Andrew Math, was the highest active player. He raced a new record that you can read about below, which helped him shrink the gap between himself and #4 Kouider B down to 0.25 AF points.

#27 Stacy Needham and #28 Mikael Johansson both made equal sized 1.5pt AF cuts this week to move together towards the top-25. Stacy passed Paul T and Olivier L to push up two positions, while Mikael broke off his inactive streak and passed Jamie D (who was active last week), Paul and Olivier, as well as Kevin B and Sebastien L. Stacy still leads Mikael by about 1 AF point. His improvements were focused on Daisy Cruiser, making multiple cuts over the week to finally settle on 1'38"1 and 31"6 -- both about 20 positions up, and giving him his 19th Myth time. Mikael's new times were on Baby Park, Bowser's Castle and Yoshi Circuit. Three of his them--Bowser's Castle 45"5, Baby Park 8"61, Baby Park 1'05"2--were upgrades from Titan to Myth, which gave him his 19, 20th and 21st Myth times, just ahead of Stacy.

#97 Noah Murad almost reached double digit AF score, reducing his from 105.7 to 100.5. He passed Rickard L, Chavallier F, Mickael S and Ben Z in the rankings to become a top-100 player. Noah's big breakthroughs were on Dino Dino Jungle, scoring a 1'46"4 to jump from 158th to 93rd place and likewise improving his lap from 136th to 100th place. As a consequence, Noah said he is finally starting to like the Special Cup. He then returned to Daisy Cruiser and Luigi Circuit, two tracks that had been giving him trouble lately, and managed to improve both but not by large amounts. His more surprising PR was a 28"5 lap in Mario Circuit, which Noah said he got in only a few tries; it was a new Titan time and new top-100 time for him. Speaking of Titans, Noah is not very far now from becoming one..

#138 Matt Wills improved both Dry Dry Desert times to Hero level, erasing two Experts and two of his weakest times. He has only 5 Experts remaining before he reaches 32/32 Hero, and only one remaining time ranked outside the top-200 (it's 207th place in Bowser's Castle lap). Matt got the better of former champion Cesar Martin and Dave P in the rankings, moving up two places.

#486 Matt Piper had little trouble hitting the top-500, dipping sixteen positions below the mark thanks to a 24pt AF cut. He didn't play the two tracks that he still has Intermediate times on, but trounced many other tracks instead. For example, he went from 1'20"6 to 1'19"8 in Luigi Circuit to improve his time by 87 positions; Mushroom Bridge was even bigger, from 639th to 471st; he cut down both Rainbow Road times to top-400 quality; and got his best-ranked times (349th, 347th) in Dry Dry Desert. Six of those times were Expert standards, giving Matt his first taste of expertise. His timesheet is still a little inconsistent because he has times ranked in the 300s and other times ranked in the 600s. That may change soon.

#495 Luke Hubbard stormed into the top-50 with a 77pt AF cut, largely making up any gap that existed between himself and Matt. In the process of upgrading his last remaining Intermediate times to reach 32/32 Advanced, Luke also jumped from Advanced D to Advanced B in ARR. He said that his next goal is to score an Expert time, something that Matt managed to do six time this week. Luke had only a single Advanced A score last week but now has seven, so it would only take a bit of focus to push one of those 7 to the next level. Luke's biggest cuts were arguably his DK Mountain times, especially his 38"3 lap: down form 572nd to 401st place, it's his highest ranking time and his 1'58" course time is not far behind.

#529 Martin Stevenson lost a bit of ground on Luke, but steered on course towards the top-500. He had 6 new scores on DK Mountain, Wario Colosseum and Bowser's Castle, which included his 3rd, 4th and 5th top-500 times. Martin's best time is still his Expert D lap in Baby Park from early March, but his new times are showing that he can race just as well on adult tracks.


New Records

Andrew beat his own 60Hz Mushroom Bridge lap record with a 25"634, a 0.04s cut on his January time and an improvement from G+6 to G+8. The Combined record is 25"61 in 50Hz set by Andreas in 2013, but Andrew said he is confident that G+10 (25"59) is possible. Andrew continues to hold 24 of the 32 records in 60Hz.

New Records or Players

Welcome to...

Rob Prittie, Canada (~974, Beginner B)

Rob is Noah's roommate and has a source of talented tuition across the wall. However, he doesn't have a complete timesheet yet.