Advantage Luna Rossa.
The challenger has taken the lead in the America's Cup match, dispatching Team New Zealand in the third race of the series to claim a 37-second win and take a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard.
"We had our plan, we executed well on the start and from there we had the opportunity to make them pay at the left boundary and we did it.
"It was tough on the first downwind; I had a feeling that they closed up a little bit, but we kept it nice and calm and waited for our moment.
"I think we just sailed a clean race."
With light winds forecast on the day, the conditions suited Luna Rossa well. While the Italian syndicate have shown they are good in all conditions, their light wind performance has long been talked about as their point of difference during this Cup campaign.
That proved to be the case in the first race of the day as, despite some onboard issues before racing that appeared to threaten Luna Rossa's day, they sailed a near faultless race to further show they are well and truly capable of winning this competition.
The teams both got out of the starting gate well, but Luna Rossa got the better of the the first manoeuvre, and executing well and sailed in the face of Team New Zealand to build a handy lead on the first leg.
The defender needed to find something, and opted to split the course around the first gate. Initially, it looked as though it had been a good move, as Team New Zealand ate into the Luna Rossa lead on the second leg.
However, an excellent third leg from the Italians saw them more than double their lead through the halfway point in the race, which they extended further late in the race to claim a clean and clear win.
Gate 1: LR 10sec
Gate 2: LR 13sec
Gate 3: LR 27sec
Gate 4: LR 22sec
Gate 5: LR 38sec
Final: LR 37sec
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