I’m Back in the saddle finally! With my late start, P1 Aqua X in Sarasota was the first race of my season and the Pro Watercross closed course race in Atlantic City is #2 on my schedule. It feels good to be back, and back on a Doo!
Coming into a season that is already underway means I get to witness all the teams, sponsors and events in the full swing of things. The “industry” as a whole this season seems to be stepped up a notch from 2015… and it is good to see!
There are two manufacturers with a consistent and large presence this year. Obviously, I’m partial to Sea-Doo and love being back on my RXP-X 300. Not only has Sea-Doo/BRP brought the racers the horse power needed to compete in 2016, but the X-Team is bigger than I have ever seen it: Farthing, Iantosca, Colley, Radetic and Clayton to name a few. This year is the most racer support I have seen since I started racing watercraft in 2012; with factory rigs, tents and personnel all present, wrenching on the race boats and supporting the riders on site at the events! Like I said… it is good to see and helps the racers and the sport as a whole immensely.
The two main series in the US, P1 Aqua X and The Pro Watercross Tour, have expanded, grown, added television coverage and professionalism consistently over the past couple seasons. Both series are completely different animals with regards to format, and have done a lot to define their niche under the Watercraft Racing umbrella.
P1 Aqua X is Endurance Racing. Depending on conditions, their three thirty minute plus motos can be brutal, unforgiving to both equipment and racers and leave one hobbling around on Monday cursing every time you stand up. Endurance racing is a new, and a welcomed challenge for me. The professionalism, racer support and benefits that come along with being part of Aqua X series are unsurpassed by any other local promoters. Many times, while talking to random people in random situations about racing jet skis, I hear “I just saw that race on TV the other day.” That alone, is such a great thing on many levels for myself as a racer, my sponsors and the sport!
The Pro Watercross Tour and Closed Course racing (motocross on the water) is as close to bred into me as one can get. I love the buoy bashing excitement of turn to turn, rail rubbing racing! It is where my heart lies. The Pro Watercross Tour has continued their focus of being the premiere Closed Course Series in the US, expanded their series with new venues and CBS Sports coverage of many of their events. I’m looking forward racing against some of the best in the sport for the remainder of 2016 and attending their 2nd annual World Championship in Naples, FL. this coming September.
As for this past weekend: I can’t thank Cody Hawkins from Look Marketing/Sea-Doo/BRP enough for the for the RXP-X 300 race parts, my continued support from Blacktip Jetsports/Watercraft Superstore, (Tattoo) Rich Maley from Action Kawasaki Sea-Doo in Bradenton, FL. for the last minute wrenching and Anthony (Rad Man) Redetic for bringing Blythin to the races to work out all the whiplash! Special thanks go to Trisha King, Bryon and Lee for support and hospitality!
The sport is alive, exciting and has steam behind it this year!
Ride It Like You Stole It!
*Action photos downloaded via P1 Aqua X USA