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Alex

Still more World Cup news: apparently Germany partied so hard that the players damaged the trophy

Alex @ Wednesday, July 23rd 06:12AM   [link]

Movement

#48 Mikael Johansson remained in 48th place this week, but produced two strong times on Mario Circuit to continue his long activity streak. His new times were both ranked in the top-30, which was a new record for him. The course time of 1'28"6 was Titan+ and the new 28"14 lap was a leap of two standards down to Myth B, which is his equal best. Actually, both times are Mikael's first top-30 times, which makes Mario Circuit his top track at the moment.

#49 Jacob Purcell reached the top-50 as well, and also hit Titan A level, after improving his Dry Dry Desert for a second week in a row. He cut 2.7pts in AF to pass Jean L, Emmanuel D, and Flynn H in the rankings. This puts Jacob back to one position behind Mikael, and he might be to overturn the tables on his rival for the first time since January. In a replica of last week, Jacob cut a full second off his 3lap time (1'32"3 to 1'31"25), which not only ranked in the top-25 but was an upgrade of five standards (Titan A to Myth A). His lap improvement was even bigger: a 54-position cut and jump by seven standards (Titan D to Myth B)--which makes me wonder why his previous time was so poor. Jacob made sure to let us know he was pleased with his improvements by submitting them four times. Somewhat surprisingly these cuts don't make DDD Jacob's best track since he already has very strong showings in both Baby Park and Dino Dino Jungle, but at least Dry Dry is no longer dragging him down.

#340 Stephen De Winter improved his Bowser's Castle lap and passed Phung T and Michael J in the rankings. His new 48"3 lap was a 0.4s cut and gained him 30 positions in its chart. It was Stephen's fifth best time to date, and pushed his ARR a little lower: he needs another 0.1 points to reach the next standard up.

#562 Jocelyn Sitek's vacation started and he had a new DK Mountain time to unveil: a 1'54"1, or 2.5s cut, to score his first Expert B time. It's currently Jocelyn's best ranked time (262nd) and substantially above his AF of 597, and it was also a 60Hz top-200 time. I'm not sure if "being on vacation" means Jocelyn will play more or less over the next week. We'll have to see.

#696 Matt Wills improved all 32 of his times in his first week on the site, scoring a 178pt AF cut and moving up 166 positions. He reported that he was still practicing SSMTs and not quite to the level of trying A-tech, but it's on his mind. His best times are no longer on Peach Beach: he is now a desert dweller with Advanced times in Dry Dry Desert, the best of which is ranked 527th. His ARR improved from Beginner level to Intermediate B, so another strong week could see him reach the Advanced ranks.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Crazy and unpredictable world cup draws to a close. Now to wait for the new club season.

Alex @ Wednesday, July 16th 05:48AM   [link]

Movement

#48 Mikael Johansson triumphantly broke into the top-50 by passing not just Ivo vd S, but also Flynn H, Emmanuel D, and Jean L. Mikael scored 4 PRs to make this move happen, and unfortunately #51 Flynn was a victim to it and fell outside the top-50 once more. Mikael's 3pt AF cut came courtesy of Special Cup improvements, in particular Dino Dino Jungle and Bowser's Castle. Although he says he still requires the shroom boost for the shortcut, his new 1'44'4 DDJ course time was a 0.8s cut and improvement from 55th to 32nd. He also improved his lap to Myth D level with a speedy 33'65. Meanwhile, in Bowser's Castle Mikael improved his course time by 0.7s and narrowly missed a 2'20-sub, but he made up for it by scoring a 46-sub. Mikael remains Titan A for now but has increased his Myth count to 9/32 and is steadily making his way towards the next promotion.

#52 Jacob Purcell moved slightly closer to the top-50 barrier himself by passing three players: Ivo, Andrew W and Thomas v L. He had only one improvement to report but it was a big one: a full one second cut in Dry Dry Desert from 1'33"3 to 1'32"3. The new time ranked in 55th place and was three standards higher than the old, despite Jacob missing out on the Titan+ standard by only a tiny margin. Jacob's ARR score dropped to 7.58 (Titan B), which means he's getting very close to joining Mikael at the next rank up.

#566 Jocelyn Sitek had a ton of new improvements to report--a total of 28 of them--and submitted his (yes, his!) last missing time. He debuted in the AF charts in 566th place, although is already showing promise by scoring a top-300 time in DK Mountain this week. His new cuts averaged 110 positions improved across the board, the biggest of which was a 239 position improvement in Baby Park lap. He instantly reached Advanced D level with his new cuts and so far has 2/32 Expert times. Jocelyn reported that his short term goals were to score a top-250 time (most likely in his best track: DKM) and to reach the AF top-500.

#862 Matt Wills, who is quite active in MKW, joined the MKDD rankings this week. He debuted in the lower half of the ladder and may take some getting used to MKDD's lack of bikes, wheelies and sensible control. Let's see how far he can improve! He has mostly Beginner times and a few Intermediates, the best of which are both in Peach Beach. That's a good level to practice A-tech in.


New Records or Players

Welcome to...

Matt Wills, USA (#862, Beginner A).
Alex

According to the MKDD country AF rankings, Netherlands beats Germany beats Brazil

Alex @ Tuesday, July 8th 06:49AM   [link]

Movement

#52 Mikael Johansson was impressed by Jacob's forays in Dino Dino Jungle last week and decided to return to the track, himself. He couldn't manage to beat Jacob's 1'44 but improved his own time from 1'45"7 to 1'45"2, nearly half a second and scoring a new Titan B time. It was Mikael's 23rd Titan B time: he still has several Titan C and Ds left, and two uncharacteristically weak Hero times remaining. Mikael gained some ground on #51 Ivo in the rankings and should pass him with his next PR, although #50 Flynn may require several PRs to reach.

#55 Jacob Purcell expressed some disappointment over lack of play time this week but managed to eke out a new Mushroom Bridge lap, a 26"06, which was good enough for the top-50 and good enough to beat Mikael's time (in fact, to push Mikael's time to 50th place). It was also a new Myth C time for Jacob, who doesn't have any uncharacteristically weak tracks at the moment but is still waiting to join his rival in the Titan A ranks.

Newcomer Jocelyn Sitek sent in 15 of her 16 missing lap times to score a massive 3.6pt AF cut in ARR and jump from Beginner A to Intermediate B. She also improved her course times by about 10 seconds in total and welcomed a second Advanced time in Daisy Cruiser. Later in the week she played her best track, DKM, and pushed it beyond expectations, not only racing top-400 times but also her first Expert D times (both lap and 3lap). Each was an improvement of over 200 positions. Jocelyn is still missing a Rainbow Road time.

#704 Mark Vizza is heading out of town for two weeks and had limited time to play. He managed to score 6 quick PRs, enough to catch up to #702 Henrik S and Patrick S, but not enough to pass them. Jocelyn just passed Mark in ARR, so he may have a rival to contend with when he returns.


New Records and Players

None this week...
Alex

World Cup continues to excite with 90th minute goals and man-of-the-match goalkeepers

Alex @ Tuesday, July 1st 07:24AM   [link]

Movement

#52 Mikael Johansson reported a pair of new Yoshi Circuit times to finally reach Titan A level. His new 1'42"4 course time was his 8th Myth time and a big jump from 47th to 35th place, whereas a 32"8 lap was enough to secure a top-30 time but not quite the Titan+ standard. Mikael passed Andrew W and TvL in the rankings and moved a few steps closer towards a coveted top-50 spot. He said that he is enjoying the Swedish summer and that it's a good season to score big times.

#54 Jacob Purcell powered ahead of Benoit B, Jeremy M, Ian G and Christian K this week thanks to 4 strong PRs. He ended up cutting 3.5 AF points in the combined chart and also passed Ian and Benoit in 60Hz to reach No. 31 there. His showstopper PR was a 1"44"0 on Dino Dino Jungle, in which Jacob says he managed the shortcut without a mushroom and it helped him cut 2.0 seconds off his time: he improved from 81st to 24th in that chart and scored a new Myth time. Additionally, Jacob scored a new Myth time on DDJ lap with 33"5, also a top-25 time. His other cuts were on Mushroom City lap and Wario Colosseum lap, where he improved by 17 and 12 positions (resp.). Jacob gained a few lost positions on Mikael and is also threatening to displace someone from the top-50 soon.

#217 Brett Edwards passed 9 players despite expressing disappointment at his lack of time to seriously play. He still managed to produce 3 PRs: a 1'32"1 on Mario Circuit (up 40 places), a 1'44"6 on Waluigi Stadium (up 53 places), and a 33"2 lap on Waluigi Stadium (up 58 places). All of these cuts were Expert B level and they helped push Jacob over the line to become Expert A overall. Jacob's next likely goals are to reach Hero level--he has 5/32 Hero times so far--and the top-200.

#704 Mark Vizza targetted some of his weaker tracks and came up with 12 PRs for the week. He reduced his number of times outside 800th place from 8 down to 4. Perhaps his top cut this time was his new 9"56 Baby Park lap, a 0"1 cut for him and a gain of 62 positions on what was his weakest track.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Serena Briggs, USA (#897, Beginner B)
Jocelyn Sitek, France (~925, Beginner A) only 3laps
Robert Bullard, ?? (~1154, Newbie)

Three new players this week! Serena has a full timesheet and a few Beginner A scores, but not yet any Intermediate times. Jocelyn is ranked lower and is missing all of her laps, but also has an Advanced time on DK Mountain ranked 583rd. Robert has only submitted Luigi Circuit scores so far and most of his timesheet is blank.
Alex

With Germany, Argentina and Brazil all showing signs of weakness, suddenly Costa Rica is looking much more likely to go all the way!

Alex @ Sunday, June 22nd 03:22AM   [link]

Movement

#54 Mikael Johansson added 5 more PRs to his monthly haul and came very close to catching encyclopaedian #53 TvL. Mikael's new times were on Waluigi Stadiu, Sherbet Land and Mushroom City. In recent months Mushroom City has been in competition with Daisy Cruiser to be Mikael's best track, and his two new records on MCT ensure that it is his undisputed top track: his new 31'42 lap clocked in at 33rd place (one position better than his DC lap) and his new 1'36"2 course time was 35th (one position better than his next best course time on LC). Both PRS were Myth level and the 3lap was Mikael's 7th Myth time. He also improved his WS lap from 53th to 40th and improved his SL 3lap by five positions. A rank promotion in ARR is imminent...

#59 Jacob Purcell continued to forge ahead on DK Mountain in attempt to claim the last two Titan times that so far eluded him. He managed to race two Titan D times -- a 1'47"4 and 34"88 -- that improved on his old Hero times and rewarded him a 32/32 Titan timesheet. In particular, the new lap was a solid 0.25s improvement and gained 20 positions. Jacob remains in close pursuit of Mikael and the top-50...

#425 Dirk de Graaff completed some exams and found enough free time to produce 10 PRs. Almost all of them were on his weakest tracks and he managed to reduce his count of times outside the top-500 from 9 down to just 2. His only track remaining without a top-500 time is DK Mountain, which Dirk improved two weeks ago but only to top-550 level. Dirk's highlights this week included a 26"3 LC lap (up 50 places), 1'40"4 Dry Dry Desert (up 86), and his new best-ranked time so far on Daisy Cruiser 3lap (ranked 390th). Both DC improvements were new Expert times and increased his tally from 3 to 5 Experts. He also crushed both his old Dino Dino Jungle times by 130-160 positions, instantly making it one of his top tracks. I suppose Dirk may consider revisiting The Mountain for those last top-500 times, but he also has enough Experts and low-level Advanced times now that he can aim for Expert overall. This week he reached Expert A level.

#712 Mark Vizza had 11 new times to report, cutting a half a second off his lap totals and 3.5 seconds off his course totals. His best cut was on DDD 3lap where he improved by 45 positions. Almost all his new times were on the first nine tracks, so I assume he was playing them in order and will have new times on the other tracks next update.


New Records

Miroslav Klose scored his 15th World Cup goal for Germany, in a match against Ghana, played in Brazil. This ties the previous record of 15 goals set by Ronaldo for Brazil, in a match against Ghana, played in Germany.


New Players

None this week.
Alex

Lots of goals so far! And many sleepless nights to come.

Alex @ Sunday, June 15th 12:33AM   [link]

Movement

#54 Mikael Johansson scored a 2pt AF cut and pulled ahead of four players: Benoit B, Jeremy M, Ian G and Christian K. The strongest of his improvements was a 31"89 Daisy Cruiser lap, which ranks in 34th place and is his new best ranked time. He also raced two new Titan A times on Dry Dry Desert, and an impressive sub-1'20 on Mushroom Bridge 3lap to obtain his sixth Myth time.

#226 Brett Edwards reported two dozen new times in exchange for a 23pt AF cut, and pushed himself many steps closer to the top-200 barrier. His highlights included Luigi Circuit 25"4 lap (improved from 335th to 225th place), Mushroom City 1'39"0 (246th to 159), Dino Dino Jungle 1"48 (264th to 185) and Bowser's Castle 2'24" (236th to 178). Brett was sad to miss the Hero time on Rainbow Road lap by 0.02, but he still increased his Hero tally to 5/32 following success in MCT and DDJ. A similar 23pt cut next week would bring Brett very close to the top-200.

#448 Dirk de Graaff has assignments due this week, but was happy to allocate some time to kart and to world cup. He was quite productive and improved half of his timesheet, creating a 36pt AF cut. Highlights include scoring his first 3 Expert times, and 100+ position improvements on Peach Beach 3lap, Mushroom Bridge lap and 3lap, and Bowser's Castle. In fact, his Bowser's Castle cuts were closer to cutting 320 positions combined, and turned it around from his worst track to his fifth best track. Dirk is still Advanced B in ARR, but brought himself very close to the next level and it's a safe bet that he will have more news for us soon.

#715 Mark Vizza had 8 new times to report, most notably 60-position improvements in Mushroom City and Yoshi Circuit. He also improved his Wario Colosseum time to Advanced D to lay claim to his second ever Advanced time. Mark already has 32/32 Intermediate times and this week's cuts reduced his Int D times (his lowest standard) to only 4 remaining. He become an Intermediate B player in ARR, but the taste of Advanced times may make him hungry for more.

~991 Rudy Weitze continued to fill in his missing times. This week he reported 9 PRs and reminded us that he can jump (unlike elephants, or whales) by improving Waluigi Stadium to Intermediate level. Rudy's WS times are his first ever Intermediate times, and it's suddenly become his best track. He also patched up his missing Mario Circuit and Mushroom Bridge time, leaving only 6 tracks unaccounted for.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Only days to go! Cue the vuvuzelas!

Alex @ Sunday, June 8th 11:17PM   [link]

Movement

#58 Mikael Johansson focused his efforts on Luigi Circuit this week, aiming for the 'legendary' 1'16-sub. He finally beat it with a 1'15"96. This was a 0.3s cut and a new Titan+ time for Mikael, who gained enough AF points to close the gap between himself and #57 Christian K.

#59 Jacob Purcell had a strong week and managed to make up almost all the lost ground against Mikael. Armed with 7 PRs, Jacob cut 6.2 AF points and passed veterans such as Alain S, Jonathan E, Arnaud G, Andre O, Jerrol H, and even former world champ David Grard. He played 4 of his weakest tracks and improved his timesheet to 32/32 top-100 times. He also converted 4 Hero times to Titan level, reaching 30/32 Titan. His last pair of Hero times are on DK Mountain, which is a track he played but couldn't quite conquer this week. Jacob's highlights were Bowser's Castle 45"71 (63rd to 38th place), Waluigi Stadium 31"7 (97th to 52nd), and Waluigi Stadium 1'40"9 (105th to 62nd).

#247 Brett Edwards reached the top-250 this week following 11 new PRs. In Brett's words they were nothing special, but they resulted in a 17pt cut in AF to slingshot him ahead of karters such as Andre H, Dan T, Nicola T and Cameron T. There were several highlights, including large gains in Luigi Circuit 3lap (up 86 places), Sherbet Land 3lap (up 93 places) and lap (up 99 places) and a sub-29'5 lap in Mario Circuit. Brett also improved 5 of his last 6 remaining Expert D times, leaving just one more before he reaches 32/32 Expert C.

#482 Dirk de Graaff, new recruit from last week, had a lot of catching up to do in terms of techs and strats that he had not heard during his many years of hibernation. However, with exams looming and procrastination levels high, Dirk was quick to warm up and managed to beat all of his times. He scored a 170pt AF cut, which is quite large. From another perspective, his best ranked time last week was ranked 503rd whereas his average finish this week is 506, which means about half his times are better than his previous best. Dirk said that he spent a substantial portion of his karting time in Dino Dino Jungle (personally my most hated track, as well) and somehow managed to get it to Advanced D level, which gives him a 32/32 Advanced timesheet. He's yet to score a Hero time but has 9 Advanced A time so far.

#685 Martin Prigent, a friend of newcomer #823 Fred Hutchington, revealed that Fred raced many of his times at Martin's place. Martin also revealed that Fred beat him on 4 tracks, and that this was not cool, and that he felt compelled to maintain a 32-0 lead on his friend. So he reported 4 new times on Luigi Circuit and Yoshi Circuit to take back the wins, even racing two new Advanced C times (his best) in the process. Martin still maintains that he is leaving town over the summer and may not be able to play. Perhaps he can leave his console and copy of MKDD with Fred... you know, for safe keeping...

#725 Mark Vizza showed no signs of slowing down by racing 26/32 new times over the week. He accumulated a 32pt AF cut and will likely catch up to Martin soon. Mark's bigger cuts were on Peach Beach (up 104 places), Dry Dry Desert lap (up 139 places) and Yoshi Circuit (up 77 places). He also raced four new Intermediate A times, any of which may become his second ever Advanced times.

~1015 Rudy Weitze had 5 new PRs for us, filling in some empty gaps in this timesheet. However, it is still more half-empty rather than half-full.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

MK8 release, Karter Contest and World Cup: time to call in sick for a month?

Alex @ Monday, June 2nd 11:30AM   [link]

Movement

#36 Stacy Needham was the highest active player, and reached Myth status this week by overcoming the last few PRs he needed to reach Myth D. His new time were both quite fast: a sub-1'29 in Mario Circuit (43rd place) and sub-2'20 in Bowser's Castle (39th place). The latter was a huge 0.5s cut and earned Stacy his 30th top-50 time, leaving only two scores remaining ranked beyond 50th place. Stacy cut 0.5pts in AF but unfortunately didn't gain any positions for it. He currently sits between two French players in #35 Xavier V and #37 Yannick P, but the next UK player is only four positions higher.

#58 Mikael Johansson had another strong showing, this time reporting a 5.5pt AF cut to propel himself six positions in the rankings. In his submission Mikael seemed quite pleased to improve both Baby Park times to Titan D, which is a course that has rarely been kind to him. He also dropped him Luigi Circuit lap from 24"8 to 24"69, scoring a top-50 time, and converted some more top-50 times in Mario Circuit and Yoshi Circuit. Finally Mikael tackled some Special Cup courses and managed to smash his Bowser's Castle by 1.3s to 2'20"7 (58th place), and also squeezed just below the three minute Rainbow barrier with a 2'59"9. In the AF chart Mikael passed notable players such as David G and Jerrol H. In ARR he remains Titan B for the time being.

#66 Jacob Purcell passed 6 players this week, including Steven Z, Stefan B and Martin R. He focused on two of his weakest tracks and produced 4 PRs. First he played Mario Circuit and went sub-1'30 to improve from 109th to 76th place, scoring a Titan time. His new 28"3 lap was also Titan A. Second he played Yoshi Circuit and slashed his course time from 1'44"7 to 1'43"8 (up 40 positions), and even more convincingly slashed his lap from 33"4 to 32"98 (50 positions). Both PRs were new Titan times, giving Jacob enough ARR cuts to reach Titan B level. In addition, he is now 26/32 Titan and his new PRs reduced his leftover 100+ ranked times from five down to only two left.

#264 Brett Edwards had 12 PRs to report, giving himself a leg up towards the top-250: he amassed 21pts worth of AF cuts, which were enough to pass 17 players. Some of Brett's new times were f-laps using 0 or 1 mushrooms where everything just went smoothly, and Brett admitted that he should devote more time to improving them with both boosts. His top PRs of the week were Peach Beach 23"09(from 386th to 292nd), Mushroom Bridge 27"2 (from 398th to 276th) and Daisy Cruiser 1'42"6 (from 310th to 239th). Brett didn't manage to find his third Hero time this week, but improved several new tracks to Expert A level and may be able to push them a little bit further to Hero level. That said, Brett still reached Expert B level in ARR this week.

#710 Martin Prigent is leaving town for a short while over summer and decided to do some last minute karting. He started strongly by demolishing his weakest time, Baby Park 7lap, from 1025th place to 679th and it's now his fourth best time. He also raced his fourth Advanced time on Rainbow Road lap, and all up cut 22pts in AF from just those three new times. We'll await his return to his console for more action.

#759 Mark Vizza continued making small improvements on almost all tracks, this time reporting 30 new scores. His highlights for the week including erasing all seven of his last remaining Beginner times to go 32/32 Intermediate, and also producing his first Advanced time on Rainbow Road with a lap ranked 601st. Several of his times, including WS lap, WC 2lap and the aforementioned RR lap, were more than 120-position improvements. Mark's cuts too him from Intermediate D to C level and he is not far from getting to the next rank up.

Not far behind Mark, #800 James Mekealian revived a two year hiatus to report 22 new times. Although he is still seeking his first Expert time, James almost doubled his number of Intermediates from 10 to 19 and reached Intermediate D status in ARR. His best time was his Mushroom City 3lap, ranked 690th.

#823 Frederick Hutchington had already sent us his Luigi Circuit times two months ago, but decided to finalise his timesheet with his missing 28 times. He debuted in the rankings slightly behind Mark and James, and even has a few Newbie times in despearate need of attention. However, Frederick also has an Advanced C time on Luigi Circuit that's ranked 523rd, ahead of both Mark's and James's top time.

Joost Coenen and Rudy Weitze were also active, succeeding in avoid the MK8 temptations that many karters are falling into.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Dirk de Graaff, Netherlands (~810, Intermediate C).

Dirk is old school and says he hasn't played in years. He initially submitted only course times, but soon after started practicing A-tech and also submitted laps. He still has many missing times that prevent him from appearing in the rankings, but half of his times are Advanced level.