Francis Claims 2nd Consecutive AquaX World Points Championship


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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.”

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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.”

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Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com 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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    Patrick Bruce Wiseman Wiseman 6 April, 2018 at 17:21 Reply

    Eric,
    I’ve only been around the circuit for 2 years but, I do believe Brian Baldwin is something to recin with. The new 2018 GP is really great.
    Good luck in Miami ,stay safe and I hope Sofie will do good this year as she always have. Remember what I said in Key West when you HAD to drop out of the last race and you handled it like a professional as you are. Good luck buddy; I have all the respect in the world for you.
    Put on a show u-guys.

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