IJSBA is pleased to share the following press release from Yamaha Motor Company detailing their factory racing plans for 2019.  IJSBA Sanctioned Competitions are the exclusive watercraft events supported by Yamaha Factory Racing.



Yamaha WaterCraft Announces 2019 Yamaha WaveRunner® Factory Racing Plans

The most successful personal watercraft racing program in the history of the sport announced that it will campaign the 2019 P1 AquaX Tour and IJSBA World Finals with a factory race team headlined by the biggest names in PWC racing.

Leading the Yamaha WaveRunner factory team effort is current Pro Runabout Stock world champion Chris MacClugage and current P1 AquaX Tour champion Eric Francis. MacClugage is a 24-time world and national champion, and Francis is the #1 ranked rider in the world by P1 AquaX, followed by Yamaha’s Brian Baldwin and MacClugage.

All racers will compete on the P1 AquaX Tour and, depending on conditions will either ride the World champion design of the GP1800R® SVHO or the all new platform of the 2019 FX® SVHO. The new FX SVHO WaveRunner kicked off the 2019 racing season dominating the Hahn 300 endurance race in February. The Hahn 300 is the longest, most grueling PWC endurance race in the world.

“With the introduction of this new FX model, we’re going to see a lot of racers gravitate to it, just like many of the pros already have,” said Scott Watkins, Yamaha’s WaveRunner product manager. “There’s never been a combination quite like this – of Power with stability, Control and precision handling. It will be exciting to watch everything play out in what is expected to be a Yamaha-dominated starting line, and podium.”

2019 Yamaha WaterCraft Factory Riders:
Broward Motorsports: Eric Francis, Sophie Francis, Chris MacClugage Riva Motorsports: Brian Baldwin, Dustin Farthing, Phil Pope


Dean’s Team: Aero Aswar, Aqsa Aswar Non-Affiliated: Tyler Hill, Eric Lagapalous, Dennis Mack

P1 AquaX Tour Dates:

April 13-14, 2019 Daytona Beach, Florida

May 11, 2019 Kissimmee/St. Cloud, Florida

June 15-16, 2019 St. Pete Beach, Florida

August 3-4, 2019 Michigan City, Florida

September 7-8, 2019 Pensacola Beach, Florida

October 26-27, 2019 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

IJSBA World Finals:
October 5-13, 2019: Lake Havasu City, Arizona

About Yamaha WaterCraft Group
Yamaha WaveRunner personal watercraft are products of the Yamaha WaterCraft Group, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. Headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia, the Yamaha WaterCraft Group is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of Yamaha watercraft in the United States. Yamaha WaveRunners are proudly assembled in Newnan, GA. For more information, please visit www.YamahaWaveRunners.com.

Media Contact:
Bob Gonsalves, ICBM Media, 770-280-5702, bobg@icbmmedia.com.
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