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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A slice of luck and consistent riding saw Batte’s Kawasaki Ultra take two out of a possible three wins and a 2nd place to beat off the likes of fellow Kawasaki riders Russell Marmon and reigning champion Joe Harvey to the overall victory.
“The Kawasaki’s weren’t expected to win this weekend after looking at the calm conditions, as this is Yamaha conditions” said an exuberant Batte. “So to come away with the win is more than I hoped for. I’m really chuffed with my riding this year and my racing is going really well. The reigning champion and Experience Kissimmee Team racer Joe Harvey was also delighted to pick up his first podium of the year after snapping his ankle in the final round last year. “I’m really pleased with this result and I promised my surgeon that I would send him the first trophy I won once I was back on my ski” commented Harvey.
Championship leader Phil Pope managed a win in Race 1, but mechanical issues with his Yamaha in races 2 and 3 meant the best he could muster was 4th overall for the weekend. However, he still leads the championsip by 6 points over Russell Marmon going in to the third and final race event of the season in Minehead next month.
The Am 300 class was a little more complicated as championship leader Carl Lofthouse and Rookie racer Joe Leeming shared the points after day one. When the flag dropped on Sunday’s third and final race Leeming’s FXSVHO was quick out of the gate with Lofthouse’s Kawasaki Ultra back in third behind Dennis Taylor. Lofthouse worked relentlessly to catch Taylor, but the glass like conditions were making it difficult to catch the Paignton rider’s Yamaha FXSVHO. As the race progressed and lapped riders came into play, Lofthouse managed to make a pass on Taylor but had no time to track down Leeming who was not far off the pace of the Pro riders. Leeming took the race win and with it the overall event victory. However, Leeming’s win was not to last as race officials disqualified him for a technical infringement of the rules. Lofthouse was elevated to first place, with Taylor to second and Wayne Lucas in third, which is a mirror of the championship standing.
Local racer and the man responsible for bringing the P1 AquaX Championship to Porthcawl, Nigel Williams, topped his weekend off by taking his first ever win in the Am 200 class. The former moto cross racer beat off a strong challenge from multi-time AquaX champion, Duncan Johnstone to take two out of a possible three wins. “I had a great time; it was a wonderful event and this is a great way to celebrate it. I’m hoping we can make a date in the diary for next year” explained Nigel. Duncan Johnstone finished in second place ahead of Graham Roberts. Johnstone leads Williams by 4 points going into Minehead.
The climax to the season will be in Minehead on the Somerset coast on the weekend of August 4/5.