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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Francis held the world number one status for two years and in that time landed the 2014 300 class championship, followed up with a second to Mike Klippenstein in 2015.
Last season the racer from West Palm Beach fought hard against the likes of Chris MacClugage and Aero Aswar on the Yamaha to finish a close third in the first ever Pro Series, landing the final win of the season in Fort Lauderdale.
He now switches to Yamaha for 2017 and will be hoping his new ski will close the gap in what should be a thrilling season with a number of old faces returning to the scene to fight it out with last year’s top racers.
“Last season proved to be one of the best learning experiences as many of the best riders from around the world came to AquaX and made the competition stronger than it had ever been before,” said Francis. “I will admit I struggled early on keeping pace but by the end of the season I was back on pace, if not setting a harder pace than anyone else.”
It’ll be interesting to see Francis on the Yamaha and whether his change of machine will put him level with MacClugage and Aswar. One thing is for sure, Francis will be doing all he can to win the title in 2017.
Championship Position: 3rd
Race Starts: 15
Race Finishes: 15
Race Wins: 1
Top 3 Finishes: 8