Recently, P1 AquaX shared a post from Yamaha’s Facebook page, offering some stats about the Pro’s racing in Chicago via an infographic made by Yamaha Motor Corp. USA. For all of the manufacturers present at the race, Sea-Doo earned 45 points, Kawasaki earned 84 points and Yamaha came in at a whopping 408 points.
While there are a few variables, the biggest factor towards Yamaha’s dominance is that with Yamaha continuing to stay in the United States and investing millions of dollars into building and revamping their existing factory, Yamaha has truly built a machine to last the rough abusive in an intense race.
Receiving 408 points is incredible but hearing the stats about how those points came about is what is truly amazing. The fastest lap (which was completed by Chris MacClugage) was 1:26.93. During that fastest lap, his top speed was 71mph, which is very fast considering the restrictions imposed by AquaX’s strict rules, and the brutal Great Lakes conditions.
One of the most amazing accomplishments was that MacClugage led in 47 of the total laps, which allowed him to read out each turn and give it his best. Sadly, it was not enough, as Brian Baldwin was able to clinch the win. Craig Warner did something very exciting too, which was gaining 8 whole positions when there was only 18 racers! This race had some of the best riders representing 6 different countries.
This year has been quite exciting as Yamaha and Sea-Doo have announced their 2017 lineups. We are still waiting to see what Kawasaki has in store, but as of this race, Yamaha has showed that they are building some very durable and fast machines. It makes us look forward to seeing how Sea-Doo and Kawasaki will bounce back in the last remaining AquaX races.