If there’s one racer known for putting in the work, it’s Floridian Eric Francis. “The Eagle” to many, Francis has made it a point to tend to his backyard and never miss (whenever possible) a single weekend of AquaX USA racing, as it hosts its annual series around his home state. Aboard a supercharged Kawasaki Ultra 310R JetSki, Francis has been a force to be reckoned with in the 300 Class, and last year’s National Championship and World Rankings Championship proved exactly that.
This year, Yamaha Racing (powered by the venerable Dean’s Team crew) turned up the heat on Francis, who battled against multi-multi-multi IJSBA World Champion, Mike Klippenstein and his FX SVHO for top ranking. Although “The Klipper” ended the year with the National Championship, Francis did thwart the Canadian’s efforts in the final round, stating, “I finally figured out my setup at the last round of AquaX in Taveras, which we won and beat Yamaha.”
Yet, Francis’ consistency not only put him atop Klippenstein, but all of the other 300 class racers worldwide. He told The Watercraft Journal, “It’s been an honor to hold the world ranking in AquaX now for two years, and I look for to fighting for my title next year and regaining my us title as well.”
With Sea-Doo’s new 300-horsepower RXP-X, RXT-X and GTX Limited, many speculated whether Francis’ lead will vanish. He assured us, “I’m just going to work [on our setup] more through the off-season but I’m truly not that worried about it. I will be training very hard but not because of Sea-Doo.”
He concluded by giving credit to those who helped him through his 2015 season, stating: “Of course, my father Edward Francis. My mechanic Richard Maley, Joe Hiem and Kawasaki, Monster Energy, Dustin Farthing and Ryan Hardwick with Mountain Motorsports, quakysense, Fly Racing, and Hydro-Turf.”