AquaX is the fastest growing personal watercraft championship in the world. Its rapid growth is owed to a simple, yet challenging race format that appeals to todays personal watercraft users.
This year the program will include the unveiling of a professional level race series and expansion of two further championships in the Great Lakes region of the USA and in Southeast Asia.
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P1 AquaX Enduro Pro Chicago
|Rider||Craft||Heat 1||Heat 2||Heat 3||Heat 4||Total Pts||Overall|
|Eric Francis||Yamaha GP1800||25||25||18||18||86||1|
|Chris Macclugage||Yamaha GP||13||0||25||25||63||2|
|Brian Baldwin||Yamaha GP1800||8||18||15||15||56||3|
|Tommy Olswang||Yamaha FX CRUISER SVHO||12||15||11||13||51||4|
|Mike Klippenstein||Yamaha GP1800||15||13||12||11||51||5|
|Chris Saxon||Yamaha FX SVHO||9||12||10||12||43||6|
|Erminio Iantosca||Sea-Doo RXP-X-300||18||0||13||9||40||7|
|Anthony Radetic||Sea-Doo RXP-X-300||10||11||7||10||38||8|
|Jay Edworthy||Sea-Doo RXP-X||11||8||9||7||35||9|
|Victor Nolan||Yamaha FX SVHO||7||10||6||8||31||10|
|Eric Lagopoulos||Yamaha GP1800||6||9||8||0||23||11|
|David Chassier||Yamaha FX SVHO||4||6||5||6||21||12|
|Daniel Steele||Yamaha FX CRUISER SVHO||5||7||4||5||21||13|
|Jason Russo||Yamaha GP1800||0||0||0||0||0||14|
P1 AquaX 300 Pro Am Chicago
|Rider||Craft||Heat 1||Heat 2||Heat 3||Total Pts||Overall|
|Dave Davidson||Yamaha GP1800||13||25||18||56||1|
|Sophie Francis||Yamaha FX||12||15||25||52||2|
|Jay Edworthy||Sea-Doo RXP-X||25||13||12||50||3|
|Jason Lester||Yamaha FX SVHO||18||12||15||45||4|
|Gary Shrigley||Yamaha FZS||10||18||13||41||5|
|Dean Harrison||Yamaha GP1800||15||11||0||26||6|
|Cody Kipp||Yamaha FX SVHO||6||8||11||25||7|
|Anthony Robinson||Sea-Doo RXP-X||11||10||0||21||8|
|Marco Mango||Sea-Doo RXP-X||9||9||0||18||9|
|Rainer Eidner||Sea-Doo RXP||8||0||0||8||10|
|Kevin Sullivan||Yamaha FX SVHO||7||0||0||7||11|
P1 AquaX 250 Pro Am Chicago
|Rider||Craft||Heat 1||Heat 2||Heat 3||Total Pts||Overall|
|Christian Daly||Yamaha FX SHO||25||0||0||25||1|
P1 AquaX 200 Pro Am Chicago
|Rider||Craft||Heat 1||Heat 2||Heat 3||Total Pts||Overall|
|Jennifer Nolan||Yamaha VXR||25||25||0||50||1|
|George Holmquist||Yamaha VXR||18||18||0||36||2|
|Amanda Lecheminant||Yamaha VXR||15||15||0||30||3|
The opening round of 2017 was hosted off the shores of Daytona Beach and it was a perfect start to MacClugage’s title defence as he secured a trio of victories.
The high winds on the Florida coast provided some brutal conditions for the racers as the majority struggled to keep pace with MacClugage, who lapped the majority of the field on the way to all three victories over the weekend.
Having overcome a clash with Brian Baldwin in race two, MacClugage was forced to hang tight during a collision with Frenchman David Chassier that threw the latter into the water as the race leader tried to lap him.
Eric Francis, who switched to Yamaha from Kawasaki before the start of the season, was the biggest danger to MacClugage, but he found it difficult handling the new GP1800 in such rough conditions.
He ended the final race of the weekend in fourth – enough to put him onto second spot of the podium for the weekend.
World number one at the time, Aero Aswar, endured a mixed weekend but his third in race three was enough to put him into third for the weekend, level on points with Sea-Doo’s top performing rider Erminio Iantosca.
Round two saw the riders tackle the challenging conditions of St Pete Beach and it was once again MacClugage that came out on top despite not winning a race.
Victories for rivals Baldwin, Francis and Nicolas Rius wasn’t enough to stop the reigning champion, who played a tactical game in order to secure his second overall weekend victory.
MacClugage was handed the world number one jersey on the eve of the race weekend after ousting Aswar at the top of the world rankings.
It was a weekend of fine margins as both Francis and Baldwin tied for second, just one point back from MacClugage, with Francis securing second spot by virtue of a win in race three.
Rius headed into the final day leading the weekend after his victory in race two but he was forced to retire from the final race.
MacClugage’s hold was broken in Sarasota as Baldwin closed the gap aloft the table on his way to the weekend win.
After results were adjusted because of a timing error in the only race on Saturday, only one race could be completed because of marine delays on Sunday and Baldwin took advantage as he put in a consistent performance amongst a real mixed bag of results for a number of the top riders.
Iantosca picked up second place but will be disappointed to have not taken top spot after his win in race one was followed up by a 14th placed finish in race two.
Putting a DNF in the opening race, MacClugage fought back to land his fourth race victory of the season and with it the final spot on the podium, just knocking Cyrille Lemoine off the third step on countback.
There was controversy before podium celebrations as Ford rider Eric Lagopolous was disqualified due to a technical infringement after securing enough points for a podium spot.
Just as the chasing pack had picked up pace they were soon pushed away again as MacClugage notched three straight wins and a third weekend victory in Islamorada.
The gremlins of race one in Sarasota seemed well behind the series leader as he notched up three straight victories – although it wasn’t as easy as you might expect.
Rough conditions, in which both marine activity and incoming storms played havoc with the schedule, provided an excellent playground for top class racing.
MacClugage had no troubles dispatching his rivals in race one, holeshotting and never looking back, but in race two he had to face strong competition from both Lemoine and Baldwin.
In a thrilling finish, MacClugage took victory by just one boat length as he and Baldwin flashed past the finish line together.
Lemoine had served up to the pair in the early stages of the race and was looking to grab his first win of the season before taking a swim.
In the final race of the weekend it was Mike Klippenstein’s turn to take on MacClugage as he took the holeshot, battled hard with MacClugage and took the lead before pulling his lanyard and surrendering two places to eventually finish third.
Francis put in another consistent performance to finish inside the top four in all three races and put himself second on the podium, whilst Baldwin suffered an issue with his clutch in race three and was forced to limp round for sixth and third for the overall weekend.
The racing is now heading north to Chicago with MacClugage holding a healthy 70-point lead while Francis and Baldwin in second and third are split by just a solitary point with three races - a possible 75 points - up for grabs this weekend. With so much on the line when the riders arrive in Chicago to take to the Great Lakes it is sure to be another action-packed two days on the water.
The Windy City welcomes the world's top riders to compete in the Great Lakes Series' second round! The riders hit Lake Michigan for a race weekend of serious non-stop, adrenaline fuelled, heart pumping, jaw dropping race action to prove who's the best in the business.
While you're in the neighbourhood, why not indulge yourself in a famous deep pan pizza, the world's best museums and architecture that awes. With festivals every weekend, live music every night, and beautiful parks and trails beckoning every day — Chicago buzzes with energy and excitement all season.
The famous Chicago skyline and cultural offerings are second to none, and with beaches ever present along the city's lakefront there is plenty to keep you busy.
This is a city built on the shores of greatness. Home to the world famous Chicago Bulls and rich in sporting history, Chicago is made for champions. Let's see who has the guts to claim one of the biggest prizes in motorsport.
Prepare yourselves for one helluva show! Are you ready?
AquaX is the fastest growing and most exciting personal watercraft (PWC) championship in the world. Its rapid growth is owed to a simple, yet challenging race format that appeals to today’s personal watercraft users.
The series was launched in the UK by London based sports promoter Powerboat P1 and grew quickly by attracting a mix of first-time and experienced racers to a new style of racing. In 2013, P1 rolled out a second series in the USA and such was the interest that the original format needed reviewing to cope with the abundance of new racers. By the end of 2015, the series had received over 400 registered entries from 11 countries.
2016 was undoubtably a year of extensive growth for AquaX with the unveiling of a Pro level championship in the USA and the launch of two further Pro/Am championships in Malaysia and the Great Lakes region of the USA.This year and with acquisition of leading european sprint series, Jetcross, and the launch of the European AquaX Pro Championships shows P1 is committed to delivering this exciting sport to a worldwide audience for years to come.
The free, two-day event features professional and amateur competitions, as the world’s best racers vie for valuable points ahead of the AquaX World Championships, held in December in Key West, Fl.
“Our exhilarating international jet ski race series crowns the fastest talent in the world and we are thrilled to bring this competition to Chicago,” said P1 AquaX Managing Director, Azam Rangoonwala. “There’s no better waterfront to showcase our sport, and there’s no better sports town than the Windy City.”
Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor plays host to the high-speed water event, where pro riders will race between 23-28 nautical miles, reaching speeds of up to 80 miles per hour. The weekend features three professional and three amateur races over two days, with multiple stand-up races throughout each day. The P1 AquaX pros will compete for 30 minutes, plus one lap, depending on conditions, which averages out to 17-20 laps per race. Stand-up races are 15 minutes, plus one lap. An awards ceremony will immediately follow the final races on Sunday afternoon.
Chicago sports fans of all ages are encouraged to attend, and best of all the event is free and open to the public. Competition is set to run from 11 AM to 3 PM CT each day (subject to change). For fans unable to attend, a tape delayed recap of the P1 Chicago event will air on CSN Chicago (airdate TBA), with a Facebook live stream available on the P1 AquaX Facebook page. Follow all the racing action on social media via the hashtag #P1Chicago.
A special bonus for the Chicago race, P1 Chicago, Yamaha and CSN Chicago, will be offering fans the opportunity to win a Yamaha waverunner and tow trailer by entering an exclusive P1 AquaX Chicago contest at CSNChicago.com/P1Chicago (no purchase necessary).
4900 S. LAKE SHORE DRIVE
CHICAGO, IL 60615
$189 with discount - original price $219
The LaQuinta Inn & Suites Chicago Lake Shore is close to The University of Chicago and The University of Chicago Hospital. The hotel offers free parking which can save up to $50.00 a day. Public transportation to downtown Chicago and the University is just two blocks away. The Hotel offers free local scheduled shuttle to The University of Chicago, local museums like The Museum of Science & Industry and downtown Chicago. This University of Chicago Hotel is just five minutes from McCormick Place Convention Center and Soldiers Field. The hotel includes a complimentary upscale continental breakfast and free WiFi.
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