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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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.
MacClugage’s tactic of coming closer to shore on the home straight saw him produce the highest speeds of anyone in race three, although Francis seemed to have the edge in the corners and was certainly explosive off the start line.
World number one 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.
Baldwin recovered from a poor second race on Saturday to finish closest to MacClugage in the final race of the weekend, leaving him in fifth for the championship.
It was a disappointing return for legendary French jet ski racer Nicolas Rius who was unable to compete in race two or three after injuring his back in the latter stages of his second place finish in race one.
He will be hoping to recover in time for St Pete Beach, where the P1 AquaX Pro Tour heads next on 17-18 June, having pushed MacClugage hard in race one.
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