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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Next Race

Date: Mon 01 Aug 2022

Weekend of AquaX racing at LakeFest

I had to push it to the edge. I had nothing to lose; I was on Finlinson’s tail when I misjudged his wake causing me to fall.
Chris Teff
P1 AquaX Racer

The City of LaPorte in northwest Indiana staged its second annual LakeFest summer celebration at the weekend featuring two days of SBT P1 AquaX racing. Showcasing the city’s lakes and natural resource, the festival boasted three days of music, art, food, family fun and high speed personal watercraft action on Stone Lake.

Flat water greeted the riders in the final round of the Michigan City/LaPorte regional series. Young Jay Finlinson gave the competition a run for their money in the opening race and the battle was very much for second place between Mark Smith and Errol Lange. Carsen Petersen and Chris Teff both worked hard, keeping the throttle pinned all the way through the race. However, a navigational error by Finlinson gifted the top spot to Matt Smith with Errol Lange taking second place followed by Petersen.

In race 2 Lange suffered some power loss and struggled to keep up with Smith and Finlinson.

Sunday again saw a crowded beach of spectators and more high-speed action. The final race was fraught with mechanical problems for Matt Smith and he was forced to retire. Chris Teff pushed his watercraft to the limit and a slight error in judgement caused a spectacular dismount. “I had to push it to the edge,” said Teff, “I had nothing to lose; I was on Finlinson’s tail when I misjudged his wake causing me to fall.” Teff remounted and, after a quick assessment from the course marshals, continued in the race. The last race of the weekend went to Finlinson, followed by Errol Lange, Carsen Petersen and Chris Teff.

The weekend’s racing produced the first two riders for the P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship, with Finlinson and Lange qualifying for the three-day event at Atlantis Paradise Island in early November. The World Championship will feature a total of forty endurance riders, both professional and amateur, who primarily qualify through performances in the USA national race series.

200 Class rider Jason Lester took top spot for the weekend and the overall win for the regional series.

The Great Lakes Watercross team again partnered with P1 AquaX for this event and brought closed-course racing to Stone Lake.

P1 USA Championship Manager Michelle Petro expressed her thanks to the people of LaPorte for their warm welcome and also to LaPorte Mayor Tom Dermody, Jack Arnett from Visit Michigan City LaPorte and Rick Wright.

The P1 AquaX USA National Championship returns to Florida’s Atlantic Coast later this month (August 13-14) with Daytona Beach welcoming the racers, and the final stop in early September will be St. Petersburg on the Sunshine State’s Gulf Coast.