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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Over the next 2 days we will be featuring the climbers and the fallers and, very importantly, discovering if we have a new World No. 1.
Stay with us (scroll down) as we begin the top 50 countdown that will climax with the Top 10 being announced on Friday evening right here on P1AquaX.com.
The AquaX World Rankings, launched in 2014 to identify the most consistent and talented AquaX riders in the world, continues to add another element to competition as racers battle it out for that coveted number one vest each year.
With more than 500 riders now having made an appearance in the Rankings, it has certainly become one of the series’ biggest talking points with the top 50 revealed twice a year via the AquaX website and social media platforms.
The rankings are calculated using two years’ worth of race results, with data from the last 12 months taking precedence over results recorded between 12 and 24 months ago, to ensure those in form and still racing with the series are rightly the focus of the rankings. World Championship-level events score double points. For more information on how the Rankings table is calculated please see the AquaX rulebook.
There are a number of factors that impact on ranking points. These are as follows:
P1 AquaX World Rankings - 50 to 41 countdown
As we start the countdown with the 50 -41 listing we can already see there have been some significant movers since the last edition in June.
Most notably several newcomers have made their first appearance in the Top 50 - starting with Juan Lezcano who comes straight in at number 42 after a strong performance on the USA Pro tour. Lezcano also impressed at last month’s AquaX Bahamas World Championship and will be a name to watch out for in 2020.
USA amateur racer turned Pro, Alex Cushman appears in the top 50 for the first time along with French rider Chris Masson, who finished third overall in the AM 300 EuroTour Championship.
The biggest faller in this section of the rankings is veteran racer Erminio Iantosca who drops 33 places to 43 after sitting out for the majority of the 2019 season. Let’s hope he returns in 2020.
P1 AquaX World Rankings - 40 to 31 countdown
Amateur 300 racer James Roberts makes his first appearance in the AquaX World Ranking coming straight in at number 34. The Welshman has been a regular on the AquaX UK and Eurotour racing alongside his father, Graham Roberts, for the past couple of years enabling to rack up a healthy points score. James wrapped up the 2019 season with a second overall in both championships, which earned him a place in the top 50.
Pro USA racers Jason Russo and Tim Ducat improve on their rankings alongside Frenchman Francois Medori who makes his first appearance in the Top 50 after a couple strong finishes on this year’s Eurotour. AM 300 racer Eric Diaz breaks into the 40 -31 category climbing 10 places to 32.
But compatriots Mike Klippenstein and Jay Edworthy are the biggest fallers in the category dropping a whopping 55 places between them due to sitting out most of this year’s race program.
P1 AquaX World Rankings - 30 to 21 countdown
As the countdown continues - the biggest points climber in the 30 - 21 category is Cayman Islander, Vanjae Ramgeet who makes his first appearance in the Top 50. Ramgeet comes straight in at 23 after scoring big in The Bahamas.
Other notable performances include Amateur 300 racers Mike Testa andEthan Winchester who both make their first showing in the top 50, along with Troy Snyder who jumps 20 positions to 26 after a solid season on the USA Pro Tour.
Canada’s Dave Davidson is the biggest faller in this category and dropping 9 positions to 22. But also losing out this time around is Yaniel Fiallo and Justin Taylor.
P1 AquaX World Rankings - 20 to 11 countdown
Coming in at number 11 is the only female racer in the Pro fleet is the pocket rocket Sophie Francis. On the other hand and dropping from 4th to 12th place is Chris Saxon.
It’s not been a good year for Saxon who suffered numerous DNF’s during the 2019 season, but with the points being so close between the top 15 he’s paid the price for unreliability. We’re gunning for you Chris in 2020!
Amateur 300 racer turned Pro for the AquaX World Championship Chris Landis is the biggest mover in this edition of the World Rankings. Clinching the AM300 USA title and finishing the season with a brilliant showing at the World Championship has helped Landis climb a staggering 29 positions to 14th in the rankings.
Other notable performances include Aqsa Awsar and first No.1 vest holder Dave Huddleston who have both made significant gains over the past 6 months.
P1 AquaX World Rankings - #10 Tyler Hill
Are you ready to find out who's on top of the tree? Stay tuned as we countdown the TOP 10 World Ranked riders
Straight in at #10 comes the California Kid, Tyler Hill.
Riding for Watercraftclinic.com, RIVA Racing and Visit St Pete Clearwater, the newly crowned Pro Rookie of the year makes his first appearance in the Top 10 and despite a few technical set backs Hill has turned in some blistering performances throughout the 2019 season and is more than deserving of this Top 10 position - Well done, Tyler
P1 AquaX World Rankings - #9 Joe Harvey
Riding for Sapphire Racing and Team Experience Kissimmee, the newly crowned British Champion, Joe Harvey drops one spot to #9 in the rankings. The Brit has endured a difficult season with mechanical troubles but not all was lost as he managed to regain the UK that he won in 2017 title from Phil Pope and remains a member of the exclusive Top 10 club.
P1 AquaX World Rankings - #8 Phil Pope
Next in the rankings and coming in at #8 is another Brit racer Phil Pope. Pope started the season on a high attending races in the USA, Europe and the UK and in the process bagged some serious points to add to his stash from 2018. However it wasn’t enough to prevent the four time AquaX UK champion, who rides for RIVA racing and Jet Porda from sliding down 3 places to #8.
P1 AquaX World Rankings - #7 Eric Lagopoulos
Sarasota racer Eric Lagopoulos maintains the status quo in 7th after finishing 6th overall on this year’s USA Pro Tour.
Riding for the RIVA Racing camp, Lagopoulos has been a regular on the USA tour since 2013 and has won several titles along the way. He’s a solid performer as shown at the recent AquaX World Championship when he led race 3 into the closing laps before handing the lead to the eventual winner, Eric Francis, however he did enough to claim 6th overall and earn valuable world ranking points.
P1 AquaX World Rankings - #6 Christian Daly
Coming in at #6 is the second youngest rider in the Top 10 Christian Daly from Carmel, Indian.This hotshot rose to fame after the winning the AM250 title back in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since.
He joined Broward Motorsports race team in 2018 and upgraded to the Pro class and was awarded Pro Rookie of the year title for finishing in 5th place. In 2019 he secured several race wins on the USA tour and finished just off the podium in 4th. Daly didn’t compete in the World Championship, which is reflected in his world ranking status, however the boy did good and climbs 3 places to #6 in the rankings.
P1 AquaX World Rankings - #5 Alexander Barret
Moving up 10 places to the #5 spot is the 2019 EuroTour Champion, Alexander Barret who makes his first appearance in the Top 10.
The flying Frenchman from Ares, on the west coast of France, who rides for Team MRJ, dominated the European races and in the process racked up a ton of world ranking points. Unfortunately, clashing events meant Barret wasn’t able to attend the World Championships but regardless still becomes a member of the exclusive Top 10 club. Well Done!
P1 AquaX World Rankings - #4 Thomas Favolini
Our youngest member of the exclusive Top 10 club, is 22 year old Thomas Favolini, from Sete in France who climbs one place to #4 in the rankings.
Favolini performed consistently throughout the year, but lost his EuroTour title to compatriot Alex Barret. However, the youngster showed his metal at the World Championships, when he posted the fastest qualifying time and finished in 6th overall despite suffering a DNF.
P1 AquaX World Rankings - #3 Chris Maclugage
The 2 x time former AquaX Pro USA Champion, Chris MacClugage and previous holder of the #1 World Ranking remains a non-mover after a mixed 2019 season on the Pro tour.
The rider, from Jupiter, Florida who races for Broward Motorsports enjoyed a strong start to the season, with a win in the Daytona surf but struggled with mechanical issues over the remaining rounds eventually settling for 3rd overall in the USA and World championships.
P1 AquaX World Rankings - #2 Brian Baldwin
The newly crowned AquaX Pro USA Champion, Brian Baldwin and holder #1 World Ranking after the June reshuffle falls one place to #2 and must now relinquish the coveted #1 spot to the only man left standing, Eric Francis. But it isn’t all bad news for Baldwin, who rides for the RIVA racing team and resides in Denver, North Carolina, because he’s enjoyed his best season yet winning the USA tour and coming second at the World Championship. Not, bad, not bad at all!
P1 AquaX World Rankings - #1 Eric Francis
A clean sweep of victories in the Bahamas World Championship sees Eric Francis regain the No. 1 vest.
After a torrid start to the 2019 season that saw the reigning P1 AquaX USA champion, Eric Francis crash out in the Daytona surf losing a front tooth and valuable points, the 33 year old from Port Lucie, Florida struggled for the remainder of the domestic season. This saw him lose not only his place at the head of the P1 AquaX World Rankings but also the USA Pro Enduro title to RIVA racing’s Brian Baldwin.
However, with renewed energy and the chance to redeem himself, Francis headed to the final event of the year last month, the AquaX World Championship in The Bahamas, totally focused on being crowned world champion. He knew that a good showing in Nassau would earn him double ranking points and a good chance of once again wearing the world No. 1 vest. He went on to dominate all three races on his Broward Racing Yamaha GP1800 to win the title and secure enough world ranking points to climb back to the top.