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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Date: Fri 19 Jan 2018

World Rankings: January 2018 Edition

The AquaX World Rankings have been calculated - who will move up, who will move down?

1st - Chris MacClugage #46

The GOAT has kept his place as AquaX World Number One despite missing out on the World Championships in Key West.

Chris MacClugage took home a second-straight Pro Series title despite not winning the last two events in Chicago and Ft Lauderdale because his incredible early season form.

He will head into the 2018 season looking to make it three-in-a-row and will certainly be favourite to do so.

1. Chris MacClugage #46

1. Chris MacClugage #46

2nd - Brian Baldwin #502

Brian Baldwin moves up to second place after his incredible comeback victory at the World Championships in Key West.

The Yamaha rider moved to RIVA Racing this season and he was rewarded when being crowned the first ever AquaX World Champion, having previously finished third in the Pro Series.

2. Brian Baldwin #502

2. Brian Baldwin #502

3rd - Eric Francis #911

Things are so tight between the top three that failure to complete the final race of the World Championships has cost Eric Francis the potential to be crowned world number one once again.

Instead, Francis will have to settle for third but showed impressive form towards the back of 2017 to land round victories in Chicago and Ft Lauderdale before a second in Key West.

3. Eric Francis #911

3. Eric Francis #911

He will be back and attempting to dethrone Chris MacClugage in 2018.

4th - Erminio Iantosca #94

Comfortably the top Sea-Doo rider in the list, Erminio Iantosca will be hoping for big things in 2018 after moving up three places to fourth in the world.

The new Sea-Doo RXTX 300 was unleashed at the World Championships in Key West and, although Iantosca was not able to land a victory, there were encouraging signs for the new season.

4. Erminio Iantosca #92

4. Erminio Iantosca #92

5th - Mike Klippenstein #212

The top non-American in the World Rankings, Mike Klippenstein continues to hold his place within the top five after yet another consistent year of racing.

He saved his best for last in Ft Lauderdale after victory in the final race following Brian Baldwin's two-place demotion landed him a spot on the podium.

5. Mike Klippenstein #212

5. Mike Klippenstein #212

6th - Chris Saxon #71

An incredible season for the Pro Series 'Rookie of the Year' ends with a sixth place position in the World Rankings for Chris Saxon.

He was a clear sixth in the Pro Series title, finishing as the highest rookie by 42 points from Anthony Radetic, and rounded off the year with a fourth at the World Championships.

6. Chris Saxon #71

6. Chris Saxon #71

7th - Joseph Harvey #64

It was a devastating end to the season for British number one Joseph Harvey after he suffered a horrific leg break in Port Balis and was forced to miss the World Championships in Key West.

He had secured the Euro Tour title before his unfortunate injury and the hope is that he will be back to defend his title in 2018.

7. Joe Harvey #64

7. Joe Harvey #64

8th - Nicolas Rius #217

It's taken Nicolas Rius just one season to make his way into the top ten of the World Rankings after a podium finish at the World Championship in December propelled him up 25 places.

He also took a race victory in Ft Lauderdale before a mechanical issue put an end to his hopes of claiming a first weekend victory since coming out of retirement in April.

He will be looking to mount a series challenge on the Pro Series title in 2018.

8. Nicolas Rius #217

8. Nicolas Rius #217

9th - Jay Edworthy #477

Fresh off the back of his 'Athlete of the Year' Award at November's AquaX Awards Dinner, Jay Edworthy keeps his place inside the top ten of the World Rankings.

Edworthy remains ninth after suffering a DNF at each of his two appearances since last October's announcement but will be happy with his season after regaining the Great Lakes title and finishing ninth in the Pro Series.

9. Jay Edworthy #477

9. Jay Edworthy #477

10th - Eric Lagopoulos #361

Unchanged from October's rankings announcement, Eric Lagopolous ended the season strong with an eighth placed finish in Ft Lauderdale before putting in a season's best at the World Championships in Key West to claim fifth.

He will be looking to build on that moving into 2018 as he goes after that illusive Pro Series race victory.

10. Eric Lagopolous #361

10. Eric Lagopolous #361

11 to 20...

Getting to the serious end of the World Rankings, there's one major mover in this list of ten who has jumped from 49th to 18th over the course of the final few months of 2017 and that is Jordan Lambert.

Lambert recorded his best finish of the season in Port Balis when he finished second to debutant Thomas Favolini and then performed with credit at the AquaX World Championships in December to finish ninth.

18. Jordan Lambert #380

18. Jordan Lambert #380

Carlito Del Valle's incredible win at the Amateur Internationals has propelled him up the rankings to 13th, making him the highest ranked amateur ahead of 2017 Florida Series champion Cody Tetreault who sits 15th and veteran Enrique Chia who has dropped to 20th.

Aero Aswar slips outside the top ten after making just one appearance on the AquaX Tour in 2017.


  • 11. Aero Aswar #119
  • 12. Tommy Olswang #219
  • 13. Carlito Del Valle #30
  • 14. Tim Batte #46
  • 15. Cody Tetreault #710
  • 16. Russell Marmon #666
  • 17. Anthony Radetic #153
  • 18. Jordan Lambert #380
  • 19. Victor Nolan #585
  • 20. Enrique Chia #34

21 to 30...

Without a doubt the most progressive group of racers in the top 50, four of these have jumped up ten or more spots since October, whilst Thomas Favolini wasn't even featured in the rankings.

His performance to take victory on debut in Port Balis was backed up with a third in the final race of the inaugural World Championships in Key West and lands him in the rankings at 26 heading into the 2018 season.

26. Thomas Favolini #287

26. Thomas Favolini #287

Another big mover from the Euro Tour is Rainer Eidner who has been consistent all season and found himself taking home fourth in the Euro Tour championship standings before a solid 11th at the World Championships.

David Gorie's return to the AquaX Series in 2017 has seen him go from strength-to-strength and his victory at Ft Lauderdale has pushed him right back up the rankings. He is now ranked the fourth best amateur in AquaX.

Johnny Smith made a switch from stand-up to sit-down racing in 2017 and his transition has been seamless. The YouRulz rider took seventh in Key West having proved consistent top ten material during four rounds of the 2017 season.

  • 21. Johnny Smith #72
  • 22. Cyrille Lemoine #99
  • 23. Dave Huddleston #70
  • 24. Jason Russo #77
  • 25. David Gorie #60
  • 26. Thomas Favolini #287
  • 27. Sophie Francis #191
  • 28. Rainer Eidner #124
  • 29. Craig Warner #101
  • 30. Jason Lester #35

31 to 40...

A few of these have dropped down the rankings due to a lack of racing but the notable mover is Thomas Batisse from Europe who put in an excellent performance in both the final round of the Euro Tour in Port Balis as well as the Amateur Internationals in Key West where he picked up two second place finishes to finish fourth overall.

31. Thomas Batisse #116

31. Thomas Batisse #116

Another moving up the rankings is Italian racer Michele Colasanto who completed his first season in the US Pro Series and will be hoping to kick on following that experience when returning in 2018.

  • 31. Thomas Batisse #116
  • 32. David Chassier #41
  • 33. Daniel Steele #128
  • 34. Marcus Jorgensen #248
  • 35. Khris Leach #50
  • 36. Dave Davidson #221
  • 37. Phil Pope #200
  • 38. Michele Colasanto #93
  • 39. Richard Cable #92
  • 40. Gary Shrigley #734

41 to 50...

Once again there have been some major shake-ups within the top 50 of the World Rankings as AquaX heads into a new season.

The biggest mover inside the top 50 comes in the shape of amateur 300 class rider Yaniel Fiallo who went from strength to strength across the 2017 season ending with a fourth place finish in Ft Lauderdale and an impressive fifth place finish at the Amateur Internationals in Key West.

43. Yaniel Fiallo #175

43. Yaniel Fiallo #175

European duo Claude Vangansbeck and Sebastien Biondi both moved up the rankings through the latter stages of 2017 after a strong performance in Port Balis, Spain.

  • 41. David Coe #80
  • 42. Carl Lofthouse #555
  • 43. Yaniel Fiallo #175
  • 44. Paul Green #416
  • 45. Domenico Barilla #714
  • 46. Dave Lee #35
  • 47. Claude Vangansbeck #88
  • 48. Sebastien Biondi #199
  • 49. Didier Chabert #222
  • 50. Blaine Spooner #220

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