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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Saturday 9th June – Agon-Coutainville, France
Sea-Doo racer Jordi Tomas powered his RXTX into first place in the Pro Enduro class yesterday in the opening race of the P1 AquaX EuroTour in Agon Coutainville
After the first round of the championship in La Seyne-sur-Mer last month, Jordi Tomas, the highly decorated Spanish rider was lying second behind French rider Alex Barret, who is not competing this weekend due to logistical issues. In the first of three races today, Tomas found himself in third place behind Frenchmen Thomas Favolini and Jordan Lambert after lap one.
As the race continued, Favolini set the pace and established what seemed like an unassailable lead over last year’s runner-up Lambert. Tomas eventually passed Lambert and started to track down the Yamaha GP1800 of Favolini, which fortunately for him didn’t take long after an exhaust leak cut the Frenchman’s race short on lap 12 of the 17-lap race, handing Tomas the race 1 win. “I’m very happy to win the first race - the circuit is very good, a little flat but I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to tomorrow” explained Tomas.
Further back in the pack, UK racer and reigning champion Joe Harvey showed the form of last year as he rode his Kawasaki Ultra through the pack to finish in second place, just 9 seconds adrift of the leader. “I’m feeling great” said Harvey with a smile. “I didn’t get a good start but the ankle held up and I was able to push forward.” The UK’s Tim Batte also put in a strong performance to claim his second set of third place points of the series.
In the Amateur classes, Britain’s Carl Lofthouse continued where he left off in La Seyne-sur-Mer last month, taking the win in the 300 class and maximum points to extend his lead over Belgium’s Claude Vangansbeck. Britain’s Phil Howarth finished in third.
In the 200 class France’s Mickael La Gall left reigning champion Toni Luciano in his wake to take his fourth straight win of the series. “I’m hoping for bigger waves tomorrow” said Luciano, who must be wondering how he can catch La Gall who finished just shy of a minute ahead of him in the 30- minute plus one lap race. The Welshman newcomer to the sportJames Roberts stepped up his game to finish third on day 1.
There were no surprises in the Kawasaki 15F class either, when Yannick Berthelot from Toulouse topped the leader board for the third time this season and extended his lead in the championship over fellow Frenchmen Yohann Guilbert and Nicholas Liot.
Racing starts at 3pm today (Sunday).