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 Eagle’ knew he had to put in a strong performance if he was to close the gap to Chris MacClugage at the top of the championship standings and he did just that with some scintillating racing in brutal conditions on Lake Michigan.
He landed the holeshot in both races having had to change his ski moments before practice from the Yamaha GP 1800 to his wife Sophie’s FX.
In race one he had to fend off a strong challenge from MacClugage but once the championship leader and reigning champion pulled a lanyard he was free to cruise to victory.
MacClugage broke down on the final lap of race one but had already lapped most of the field and only dropped back to fourth, promoting Erminio Iantosca who, like Francis, had to change skis before racing, to second.
Race two followed a similar pattern as Francis gained an early advantage with MacClugage back in second until his engine cut out and his chin smashed into the handlebars.
MacClugage was forced to retire, moving Brian Baldwin up into second and Mike Klippenstein up to third.
As Francis crossed the finish line, Tommy Olswang, who landed his best performance of the season with fifth in the opening race, passed Klippenstein to take third and third overall at the halfway stage.
Klippenstein’s consistent day saw him take second on 28 points with Baldwin just two points back in fourth, whilst Chris Saxon and Antony Radetic tied for fifth with 21 points.
Jay Edworthy, Iantosca, Victor Nolan and Eric Lagopolous rounded off the top ten with all four hoping they can make the most of two races tomorrow to move up the weekend standings.
In the first race of the Pro Am 300 class it was Edworthy, fresh from racing in the Pro Series, carrying on his unbeaten run from the first round of the North East Series in Whiting.
However, the Canadian didn’t have it all his own way as he was pressed by both Christian Daly, who had a huge moment on the back straight when looking to pass and was forced to retire, and Jason Lester who ended up taking second.
Gary Shrigley had taken the chequered flag but made several errors navigating the course in the early stages and was forced to drop four laps.
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