For many, the introduction of the Sea-Doo Spark was a bit of a joke. Many questioned, “What is this thing?” and “What the heck is ‘Polytec’?” with several reducing the Spark to being a “disposable” ski. Thankfully, the past four years have all but quelled even the most vociferous protester – particularly as Sparks have risen to the top spots on podiums month-after-month, and even withstood the brutality of the most boost-happy turbocharger tuner.
Jet X Powersports immediately took a shine to the Rec Lite runabouts and worked to develop a winning combination to put many the sponsored and team rider across the finish line ahead of others. “This year,” Jet X’s Ryan Dalli told The Watercraft Journal, “our rider Jon Hoffer won the World Title! Andrew Bezan [took] 4th with a damaged hull ([he was] landed on in [the] qualifier). Andrew won the second moto.”
One such racer is Ontario, CAN native Gordon Horne who not only clenched the overall Region 8 Series Championship in the Amateur R/A Rec Lites Class for 2016, but also has a long history of wins including six regional IJSBA championship titles, two CWA National Championships, and six Top 10 IJSBA World Final finishes. The Jet X and RIVA Racing rider had a strong showing at the 2016 IJSBA World Finals shown in the video below:
For 2017, Horne will return aboard his Jet X-tuned Vanilla Sea-Doo Spark to compete in the budding Region 8 series and is sure to have a few on-comers nipping at his heels. Horne has a few tricks and “tweaks” in mind to keep him ahead of the pack so keep an eye out for this wily Canadian as he seeks to retain his title.