P1 AquaX

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 today’s 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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Recap: Round 1-4 of the US series

Race Results

P1 AquaX  Results   P1 AquaX Enduro Pro Chicago

Rider Craft
Eric Francis Yamaha GP1800 25 25 18 18 1 86
Chris Macclugage Yamaha GP 13 0 25 25 2 63
Brian Baldwin Yamaha GP1800 8 18 15 15 3 56
Tommy Olswang Yamaha FX CRUISER SVHO 12 15 11 13 4 51
Mike Klippenstein Yamaha GP1800 15 13 12 11 5 51
Chris Saxon Yamaha FX SVHO 9 12 10 12 6 43
Erminio Iantosca Sea-Doo RXP-X-300 18 0 13 9 7 40
Anthony Radetic Sea-Doo RXP-X-300 10 11 7 10 8 38
Jay Edworthy Sea-Doo RXP-X 11 8 9 7 9 35
Victor Nolan Yamaha FX SVHO 7 10 6 8 10 31
Eric Lagopoulos Yamaha GP1800 6 9 8 0 11 23
David Chassier Yamaha FX SVHO 4 6 5 6 12 21
Daniel Steele Yamaha FX CRUISER SVHO 5 7 4 5 13 21
Jason Russo Yamaha GP1800 0 0 0 0 14 0

P1 AquaX  Results   P1 AquaX 300 Pro Am Chicago

Rider Craft
Dave Davidson Yamaha GP1800 13 25 18 1 56
Sophie Francis Yamaha FX 12 15 25 2 52
Jay Edworthy Sea-Doo RXP-X 25 13 12 3 50
Jason Lester Yamaha FX SVHO 18 12 15 4 45
Gary Shrigley Yamaha FZS 10 18 13 5 41
Dean Harrison Yamaha GP1800 15 11 0 6 26
Cody Kipp Yamaha FX SVHO 6 8 11 7 25
Anthony Robinson Sea-Doo RXP-X 11 10 0 8 21
Marco Mango Sea-Doo RXP-X 9 9 0 9 18
Rainer Eidner Sea-Doo RXP 8 0 0 10 8
Kevin Sullivan Yamaha FX SVHO 7 0 0 11 7

P1 AquaX  Results   P1 AquaX 250 Pro Am Chicago

Rider Craft
Christian Daly Yamaha FX SHO 25 0 0 1 25

P1 AquaX  Results   P1 AquaX 200 Pro Am Chicago

Rider Craft
Jennifer Nolan Yamaha VXR 25 25 0 1 50
George Holmquist Yamaha VXR 18 18 0 2 36
Amanda Lecheminant Yamaha VXR 15 15 0 3 30

Chris MacClugage has been in outstanding form in 2017 to be within touching distance of retaining his Pro Series crown for the second successive year.

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.

2017 Results

P1 AquaX Teams
Pos # Team Pts
1st Yamaha Dave Lee - - - 15
2nd Yamaha Dave Lee - - - 15

The penultimate round of the AquaX Pro Series and the final round of the Great Lakes Series returns to Chicago on September 1/2.

Last season the AquaX Tour arrived at the 31st Street Harbor for an incredible weekend of racing that saw riders facing some of the toughest conditions ever seen on the tour.

This year Monroe Harbor will play host to the racing but similar conditions are to be expected on Lake Michigan with the Windy City almost certainly set to live up to its name once again.

Monroe Harbor is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and its 392 mooring cans combine to create the central panorama of the Chicago skyline. Iconic to the Chicago Harbors, Monroe has a strong community of long-time boaters many of whom love the nostalgia and history of this harbor at the foot of the city. Home to the Chicago Yacht Club and Columbia Yacht Club, the harbor is a central focal point of the lakefront.

Last season it was 'the Eagle' Eric Francis who claimed victory in his favoured rough conditions after being forced to swap to his wife's ski before racing had started.

In the Great Lakes Series, Jay Edworthy battled through seven races on one weekend to claim back-to-back titles ahead of fellow Canadian Dave Davidson.

Watch history unfold as Monroe Harbour, Chicago is the host for the 2018 AquaX Series for the third year running!

VIP HOSPITALITY TICKETS

Date: Saturday April 21 and Sunday 22, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm EST
Price: $50 per day
Children 12 and under – Free

Ticket price includes complimentary food and drinks ticket and prime race viewing

Please note: No coolers, pets, or beach furniture will be permitted in VIP Hospitality

Click here to buy your VIP Hospitality tickets: https://www.p1aquax.com/tickets

Please use the following P1 HotelPlanner search tool to find your perfect stay for the race: powerboatp1.hotelplanner.com

HOST HOTEL

LA QUINTA INN & SUITES CHICAGO-LAKESHORE

4900A S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60615
1-773-324-3000


Description:
$189/night + sales tax

Complimentary Breakfast, Parking, & Wifi

For Reservations, call 773-324-3000 and mention group code: Powerboat

*Group rate expires 7/17/18*


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