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Date: Thu 06 Jul 2017

Throwback Thursday: Aswar lights up Independence Day with Sarasota victory

July 4th was truly a day to remember for Aqsa Aswar as the Yamaha rider made the most of the beautiful conditions to claim victory in Sarasota.

Leading the overall standings after impressive performances in the first two rounds of the 2015 P1 AquaX USA Championship, Aswar continued his dominant rise to the top with a victory in the opening race in front of a huge 110,000 crowd.

Fans packed the Lido Beach course to get a view of the weekend’s action, and despite slipping to fourth in the second heat, Aswar rallied once again in the final race to claim maximum points.

With organisers keen to keep timing on schedule, a staggered start was deployed for all races, something that had previously been used in Jacksonville. Having landed first in the 300 class, Aqsa was also joined by his brother Aero on the podium, with Mike Klippenstein taking third. Stuart Rasmussen and Erminio Iantosca run the duo close over the course of the three races but could not do enough to snatch a spot in the top three.

There was a moment of worry during the second race, however, when a manatee entered the course and caused all riders to be brought to a standstill. Despite the superb performance of Aswar, there was also standout displays from a number of rookies, with Carlito Del Valle impressing despite suffering a mechanical issue in race two.

In the 250 class, Brian Baldwin destroyed his rivals in clinical fashion with maximum points from all three races. Fellow Yamaha rider Eric Lagopoulos rallied after a blip in the second race to finish tied on 45 points with Paloma Noceda, with the latter just squeezing into second.

Like Baldwin, there was no hanging around from Travis Zielasko, who eased to victory in the 200 class.