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 20-year-old from Sète in France was a firm favourite to win the title after an impressive win in the final round of the season in Port Balis, Spain last year. However, mechanical issues and a surprise performance from Spain’s Jordi Tomas had kept the youngster off the top step, so victory in Sunday’s races was crucial if he was to stand any chance of taking the title.
Race 2 was a repeat of race 1, with Favolini taking control from the start but this time his Yamaha GP1800 went the distance to secure his first win of the 2018 series and 25 points.
Jordi Tomas rounded the first turn in fourth place and had to battle hard to pass the Pro rookie Thomas Batisse and Jordan Lambert to eventually finish just 20 seconds adrift of Favolini in second place.
Despite harbouring an old injury, Jordan Lambert clung on to third place, holding off a strong surge from Brits Dave Huddleston and Tim Batte who all finished within 5 seconds of each other. Batisse retired with a broken supercharger.
Going into the final race of the weekend the conditions had calmed considerably, giving the lighter-weight Yamaha GP1800’s the advantage over the larger skis. This was an advantage Thomas Favolini was quick to exploit by taking his third holeshot of the weekend. Jordi Tomas put his Sea-Doo RXT-X into third behind Lambert, but an error in the chicane section allowed Batisse’s repaired GP1800 to slip by.
As the race continued, Favolini extended his lead over the field to eventually win by a 30-second margin and reduce his championships score deficit to just 19 points.
Through sheer grit and determination, the Spanish rider passed both Lambert and Batisse to claim another second place finish and, though disappointed not to win, the points he earned were enough to secure the 39 year old overall victory for the weekend. “I’m very happy with the result - it was a very fast race with good pilots and I’m looking forward to the next round” commented Tomas.
Courtesy of his two wins, Favolini finished the weekend in second place ahead of Britain’s Tim Batte, who was ecstatic with the result. “I made the podium, I can’t believe it”, said a smiling Batte. “I had some great battles out there today and can’t wait for Minehead in August”.
In the Amateur divisions Britain’s Carl Lofthouse from Newbury continued his winning ways by beating the Belgium Claude Vangansbeck into second overall. However, Vangansbeck finished the weekend on a high by winning the third race of the weekend. “It’s been a good weekend” he said. “I had problems with the jet but the third race was beautiful.” Britain’s Phil Howarth finished in third.
France’s Michael Le Gall dominated the 200hp class and remains unbeaten this season. Welsh father and son duo, Graham and James Roberts, rounded out the podium.
Yannick Berthelot, from Toulouse in southern France, continued his winning ways to wrap up yet another win on the Kawasaki 15f Cup, ahead of Yohann Guilbert and Nicholas Liot.
The EuroTour now moves to the Minehead, Somerset in the UK when it joins the Minehead Summer Watersports festival on the 4th -5th August.