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 action came quick and fast on the opening day of the first event of the AquaX EuroTour Sprint Championships on the Normandy coast yesterday.
First to make his mark was France’s Maxime Benoit who started the season with back to back wins in the Sprint Spark/EX class. The 28-year-old from Cuincy in northern France took wire to wire wins. Tibo Olivier tried hard to catch the reigning champion but could only watch as Benoit extended his lead in both races. British rider Ryan Willows finished both races in third position just 3 seconds adrift of the Olivier.
Reigning champion Simon Gill was back to defend his title in the Sprint Ski 2-stroke class. The 38-year-old Englishman from Bristol looked on better form than last year, easily winning both races. Last year’s runner up, Nick Devys from France, applied pressure to Gill towards the end of race 1, but had to settle for second place. Devys got off to a poor start in race 2, getting boxed in by Swiss racer Alex Girel who forced him into a buoy and dropped him to the back of the field. Devys managed to make his way back to fourth, but will need some luck today to catch Simon Gill.
Seventeen-year-old Harry Robinson leads the Pro Sprint 4-stroke class after taking two wins over France’s Jeremy Vohlgemuth in yesterday’s opening races. The Experience Kissimmee Team rider was awarded the race 1 victory after Vohlgemuth was docked 1 lap for missing the first turn mark, but Robinson showed that this victory wasn’t just luck by taking a convincing win in race 2. The UK’s Steve Combestock sits in third place going into today’s third and final race.
Sprint race 3 starts at 4.30pm