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 2016 winner was victorious in three of the six rounds throughout the season to win the US crown by 22 points over Eric Francis.
He headed into the season with momentum on his side and it didn’t waiver in the opening meeting of the season in Daytona Beach. Three victories from as many races gave him maximum points and an early 33-point lead over his nearest rivals.
He continued his spell at the top at St Pete Beach but in less convincing fashion. Macc was winless over the weekend but a trio of second-place finishes was enough for victory as his 54-point tally was one more than both Francis and Brian Baldwin.
The first no-score of the season came in the Sarasota opener but he quickly put that behind him to pick up his fourth race victory of the season and the final place on the weekend podium.
Macc was back to winning ways in Islamorada as he once again proved unstoppable on his way to a clean-sweep of victories. His emphatic outing extended his lead at the top of the standings by a further 26 points over second-placed Francis.
The choppy conditions of Chicago proved a struggle for Macc on day one as he could only manage fourth in the weekend opener before failing to finish race two due to mechanical issues. He bounced back well in Sunday’s two races to take a pair of victories for a 47-point lead over the chasing pack
Before heading to Fort Lauderdale, Chris was on the wrong end of a racing accident elsewhere, breaking his leg. Despite the injury and having his advantage cut in Chicago, a pair of third-place finishes on the Saturday was enough to secure the title, allowing him sit out of the final race of the season so not to make the injury worse before the inaugural AquaX World Championships in Key West next month.
It was an astounding season for MacClugage, some of the best riding we have seen on the AquaX tour and he will be looking to add the World Championship title to his US crown in December’s marquee event.