Sea-Doo Claims 5th Consecutive Pro Open IJSBA World Championship


There were plenty of winners at this year’s quakysense IJSBA World Finals, but one that stands out among the fray is Sea-Doo who claimed their fifth consecutive Pro Open Runabout world championship last week. Piloted by Hungary’s György Kasza, the nearly all-carbon fiber runabout once started life as a supercharged Sea-Doo RXP-X 260, but what outpaced every other watercraft on the water was anything but stock.

Kasza was clocked at an estimated 94 miles per hour in the lengthy backstretch during Saturday’s motos, and held off last year’s world champion, James Bushell from England, aboard his 158 Performance Sea-Doo RXP-X.

Only during the first two heats did Bushell directly challenge Kasza’s lead, until the Hungarian continued to pull away lap after lap. The rest of the field was lapped by the duo nearly twice during Sunday’s final moto. And just for good measure, Kazsa also claimed the world championship for the Pro Open Runabout Slalom as well.


Here’s the original press release:
Valcourt, Québec, October 15, 2015 – BRP (TSX:DOO) added a fifth consecutive Pro Open class title to its historic IJSBA World Finals championship count this year. The event, attended by the top riders in the world, helped usher in a new era of performance dominance with 2016 Sea-Doo 300-HP watercraft models.

Much of the buzz entering this year’s IJSBA World Finals in Lake Havasu City, AZ, was the launch of the 2016 Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 and RXT-X 300 models, and how they are poised to be the next dominant models in watercraft racing. After the weeklong event, the buzz became a roar to accompany the roar of the crowd after Hungarian, Kasza György, claimed his first Pro Open World Championship aboard a Sea-Doo RXP-X.

“The entire Sea-Doo team is extremely proud to continue our racing on the RXP-X by taking home the premier Pro Open world title for the fifth straight year,” said Julie Tourville, Global Marketing Director, Sea-Doo watercraft. “We congratulate Kasza György and his team on their win, and we’re excited about the future as the new 300-HP Sea-Doo models make their way to starting lines in 2016.”

The 2016 Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 and RXT-X 300 come equipped with a new ROTAX 1630 ACE engine that is bigger, stronger and more efficient than before. That, together with the new Ergolock system, allows riders to enjoy more performance, confidence and greater control to push limits even further.

A new era in lower horsepower classes has begun as well, as Thailand’s Nopphadon Sapmunsaerr claimed the first Pro-Am Runabout 1000 Superstock title on a modified Sea-Doo SPARK. This is the first world championship for the SPARK, which was introduced in 2015, in a class that has been dominated by late model Sea-Doo SPX models for the past 10+ years.

Multi-time world champion James Bushell won the $1,000 #SeaDooNEXTLEVEL Bounty Invitational in a head-to-head, three-lap race aboard identical 2016 RXT-X 300 models against New Zealand’s Carl Lampe. Bushell, who is from the UK, also finished second in both Pro Open and Pro GP classes on his Sea-Doo RXP-X.

In connection with the IJSBA World Finals was the Sea-Doo Ultimate Owners Ride V that drew 94 participants. Sea-Doo owners were led on a 45+ mile round trip from Site 6 launch ramp in Lake Havasu City, AZ, under the historic London Bridge and up the Colorado River to Pirate Cove Resort and Marina in Topock, CA. Riders from as far as Ontario and Denmark took part.

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Kevin Shaw

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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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