Video: RIVA Racing Team Rider Eric Francis Takes Pro/Am Limited World Championship


Friday wasn’t going to be easy. Lake Havasu City, Arizona was slated for mid-90’s temperatures, but worse off was the expected winds. Gusts of 20-30 miles per hour blew tents and EZ-Ups free of their moorings, and the lake looked like a tumultuous sea of whitecaps. Needless to say, the first moto of the Pro/Am Limited Runabout class was hard fought, and RIVA Racing team rider Eric Francis was loving it.

“I love this stuff,” Francis beamed. The brutal conditions battered lesser riders, and the seasoned AquaX racer only shined brighter. Aboard a meticulously-assembled ’17 Yamaha GP1800, Francis ran down and ahead of the field, the Yamaha-racer came home (after Saturday’s final moto) with the IJSBA World Championship. The Limited class ski consisted of a RIVA MaptunerX Yamaha 1.8L Bundle (PT# RY110SC-B0, a RIVA Yamaha GP1800 Power Filter Kit (PT# RY131100, a RIVA/HKS Yamaha Power Cooler, and SSQV Blow-off Valve (PT# RY17040-BOV-SSQV).

RIVA commented, “Recognizing that each customer has specific wants and needs, we offer our Performance Kits in several ‘Stages’. Our Performance Development Technicians have spent hundreds of hours testing numerous combinations of parts both on our in-house Dyno and on the water to maximize the performance and reliability of our kits.” Prior to the race, RIVA Racing performed a video interview with Francis who walked through the specifics of his GP1800 below:

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Kevin Shaw

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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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