RIVA Team Racer Troy Snyder Grabs 3 Hydrodrag World Championships


When one door closes, another opens. RIVA Racing Support Team rider Troy Snyder had a tremendous and turbulent year. The one to give fellow Factory Yamaha racer Aero Aswar the toughest competition for the Pro Watercross National Tour title for Pro Runabout Stock class, Snyder bounced back from defeat and managed to clinch the Expert Veterans Runabout World Championship at this year’s IJSBA World Finals in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

But that wasn’t enough for the 43-year-old. Last month, Snyder brought his Bo Dupriest, Dean Charrier, and Tim Judge of Judge Motorsports-tuned RIVA Racing Yamaha FZR to battle for the world championship at the Hydrodrag World Championships in Tavares, Florida. Equipped with the latest RIVA/Vipec Engine Management V88R3 Pro-Series ECU and a whole slew of top-grade performance parts, Snyder’s SVHO carried him through the traps and to the podium podium in every major class.

Not only did Snyder grab second place in Hydro Stock class (bested only by Stan Hightower), but took home the world championships in Hydro Spec, Hydro Super Stock, and Hydro Unlimited drag classes on his #2 and #110 Yamaha FZRs. Although Snyder won’t be exchanging the National Tour for drag racing, it does keep him and his skis sharp, giving him an edge when the band snaps next year.

Congrats go to Troy, Yamaha WaveRunners, RIVA Racing, Judge Motorsports, Dean’s Team and everyone involved!


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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

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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