Yamaha Signs As Supporting Sponsor For 2014 AquaX USA Series

We’re only a couple of months away from the beginning of the 2014 AquaX USA series from kicking off this upcoming April 26th and 27th in Daytona Beach, Florida, and to give the series a nice big shot in the arm, Yamaha WaveRunners has recently announced that it’ll be coming on as a supporting sponsor for the tour.

Coming in after Sea-Doo, Yamaha is the second OE manufacturer to throw its support behind the grassroots-level racing series. Predicated upon the idea that far more people want to race who are dissuaded because of the cost of building over-the-top runabouts to compete, the AquaX series permits only minor changes to the handling components (sponsons, props, intake grates, ride plates, etc.) as well as steering and seat covers.

The best part is that PWC attrition is kept at a minimum as riders are more concerned with having a good time than worrying about keeping their skis from scattering across the water. We anticipate good things from the second year of this series and look forward to seeing starting lines full of racers.

Here’s the original press release:

Yamaha has embraced the vision of AquaX and will be helping to take the fast-growing championship to the next level as a supporting sponsor.

“AquaX and Yamaha are alike in recognizing the importance of growing participation in personal watercraft racing, which is why we are pleased to support AquaX in its efforts to provide additional organized platforms for doing this” explained Yamaha race director and former freestyle world champion Scott Watkins. P1 AquaX is promoted more to the amateur racer and recreational riders, and was successfully launched in the USA last year after establishing itself in the UK over the last three years.

Speaking at the head office of P1 AquaX USA in Orlando, Michelle Petro said: “Our championship is designed to provide an accessible and affordable platform for motorsport enthusiasts and to help develop the sport of watercraft racing from the ground up. The emphasis is on fun, safety and healthy competition, and this support from Yamaha clearly shows that leading manufacturers recognize the value of our concept and this.”

Yamaha rider Ron Levy was crowned 250 AquaX champion in the USA last year, and Yamaha will this summer be contesting the 300 class with its new FX Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) craft. Having completely overhauled the pump setup and installed supercharged power matched with upgraded performance components, Yamaha will be in search of more honors this season. One rider eager to make his mark is Troy Snyder, who raced in the final round of the P1 AquaX USA Championship last year. “I’m very happy to be riding for a manufacturer that rolls out the red carpet for its riders and can’t wait to use the power of the new SVHO power plant” enthused Troy.

The 5-venue AquaX season gets underway at Daytona Beach on 26/27 April.

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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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