This weekend was one not to miss, no matter what coast you were on. While one half of The Watercraft Journal was beating themselves senseless at the 2014 Jettribe Long Beach-to-Catalina Offshore Championship in sunny Southern California, the East Coast was going off with the fifth stop of the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross National Tour in Colonial Beach, Virginia.
While full coverage of this awesome weekend of racing is soon coming (we’re talking to you night owls out there), we would be remiss to give a big shout out to Factory Yamaha/Dean’s Team and RIVA Racing‘s own Troy Snyder who rocked the faces off of the competition, grabbing holeshot after holeshot and reeling in not only the Pro Stock championship for the weekend, but the overall points lead.
This not only places Snyder at the top for the coveted first place position (something the 43-year-old has been chasing for a couple years now with dogged resolve), but also Yamaha who made major strides to secure championships in Pro Open, Stock and Limited classes – as well as Naturally Aspirated. With all signs showing that Snyder and Yamaha will continue at full steam, 2014 might be their year.
On his Facebook page, Troy had this to say:
“[I] took the win this weekend in Colonial Beach, Virginia! Also took the points lead with two rounds to go! [Thanks to] Tim Judge for the great pep talks! [I] couldn’t do it without your friendship and keeping my mind on point! [To] Bo Dupriest for the countless hours you spend working on this 2014 FZR Yamaha SVHO and trailer tires! Erminio Iantosca for your great friendship and making it fun to be at the races and your pit help and holding. Dean Charrier – you don’t go unnoticed in my pits! Without your FZR package you’ve spent countless hours working on, we couldn’t be on top right now! Thank you! Dave Bamdas; RIVA Racing products are the best in the business! Thank you dearly! Hydro Turf and Mike Bonin; thanks for the best support from a aftermarket company – not only for my personal support but for supporting the National Tour! Thank you! Jennifer Snyder and Tory Snyder; thank you for the text message today that brought that fire to my eyes this morning. You’re the difference in winning and losing! [I] love you guys! To Cody Hawkins your dad was in my mind today. [As] crazy as it sounds I feel he helped me pull that final hole shot today! Keep your head high tomorrow! Thanks everybody for the support! It takes a team of champions to make a champion! It’s like that!”