Yamaha’s GP1800 Continues Sweep of 2017 AquaX USA Series


You’ve got to be living under a rock if you haven’t noticed that one brand has pretty much swept every runabout race all year long (especially that of the US series of P1 AquaX. Our most recent coverage from the first-ever World Championships held last weekend in Key West, Florida was published earlier this week and can be read HERE) – and that is Yamaha WaveRunners. No if’s, and’s or but’s; it’s been Yamaha at the top of every podium at every stop of this year’s tour.

And as you read our recap from the World Championships, this past weekend was no different, with long-time Yamaha racers Brian Baldwin, Nicolas Rius and new-for-2017 Eric Francis battling it out. Yamaha proudly recapped Baldwin’s climb to first place in a press release below:

Pro watercraft racer Brian Baldwin and the Yamaha GP1800 WaveRunner made history this past weekend, becoming the first-ever AquaX World Champion at the inaugural International event held in Key West, Fla.

Joining Baldwin on the podium were fellow GP1800 racers Eric Francis and Nicolas Rius who completed the sweep for the GP1800.

The world championship title ends a storybook first season for the Yamaha GP1800 WaveRunner that dominated the Pro AquaX national tour, IJSBA World Finals, and the AquaX World Championships. Making the AquaX World Championship title even sweeter was the GP1800’s shutout of the new Sea-Doo RXT-X 300 that could do no better that 6th place.

“This was a great inaugural year for the GP1800. We proved that the GP1800 is the benchmark for high-performance watercraft, and I couldn’t be more proud of racers and tuners that joined the GP1800 effort from the beginning,” said Yamaha WaterCraft racing director Scott Watkins.

Congratulations to all of the Yamaha riders that competed this year at the P1 AquaX events and Dean’s Team, Riva Racing, and Broward Motorsports.

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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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