AquaX World Champion Brian Baldwin Takes Overall Win at Sarasota

Recently, we caught some grief after noting in our super-popular-yet-wildly-contentious 2018 Sea-Doo RXT-X 300 vs. 2018 Yamaha GP1800 shootout, that the GP1800 has been sweeping championships and podium finishes since the day it was released. Many wanted to argue the veracity of our statement, but the facts are facts: the Yamaha GP1800 continues as the winningest runabout in recent years. And backing this claim (again) was a stellar weekend for Yamaha and North Carolina’s Brian Baldwin.

Baldwin, who reigns as the standing P1 AquaX champion, went into Round 4 of the AquaX American series ready to contend with some serious players, including Aero Aswar, Eric Francis and of course, Chris MacClugage – all of whom pilot Yamaha GP1800s. Despite some erratic weather, and a 4th place finish during the first moto, Baldwin battled back the Pro level field twice to take consecutive wins in Motos 2 and 3, earning him top billing. MacClugage followed with Francis closely behind. Our complete recap from the race weekend was published yesterday.

Here’s the complete original release:
WINNING! Yamaha Pro WaveRunner Racers Sweep the Top 10 Spots at Round 3 of the P1 AquaX Enduro Pro Series in Sarasota, Florida

Yamaha GP1800 racer and current P1 AquaX world champ Brian Baldwin overcame rain, wind, and very choppy water conditions on Saturday to finished 4-1-1 overall on Sunday, followed by fellow Yamaha GP1800 riders Chris MacClugage and Eric Francis who finished the weekend 2-3 respectively.

In all, Yamaha rider swept the top 10 positions, shutting out Sea-Doo and Kawasaki who have yet to beat the Yamaha GP1800 in Enduro Pro racing the past two seasons.

Round 3 Race Recap:
Moto 1: #1 Chris MacClugage, #2 Eric Francis, #3 Aero Aswar
Moto 2: #1 Brian Baldwin, #2 Chris MacClugage, #3 Aero Aswar
Moto 3: #1 Brian Baldwin, #2 Eric Francis, #3 Aero Aswar

Overall Series Standing:
#1 Eric Francis (Yamaha, 130 pts), #2 Brian Baldwin (Yamaha, 116 pts), #3 Chris MacClugage (Yamaha, 94 pts), #3 Aero Aswar (Yamaha, 94pts).

The next round of the P1 AquaX Enduro Pro Championship sees the riders and teams heading to Chicago on Lake Michigan for more exciting action on Sept. 1-2, 2018 in Chicago.

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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