Yamaha GP1800 dominates on the world’s stage in first year at IJSBA World Finals; wins premier Pro Runabout Stock and Pro Runabout Limited classes
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Yamaha racers riding the new Yamaha GP1800 WaveRunner won the premier racing classes and more, leaving little doubt that the new GP1800 WaveRunner is ushering in a new era of Yamaha dominance in closed-course racing.
In the premier Pro Runabout Stock class, also known as the Manufacturers’ Class, Chris MacClugage, Aero Aswar, and Aqsa Aswar finished 1-2-3 respectively overall.
The excitement began on Saturday with 20 mph winds whipping up Lake Havasu. Aqsa Aswar won moto 1 a whopping 42 seconds in front of the next competing brand, but only a couple of boat lengths in front of fellow GP1800 pilots and multi-time World Champions Chris MacClugage, Abdullah Al-Fadhel, Eric Francis and brother Aero Aswar.
The race conditions for moto 2 were much improved on Sunday, but with only three laps remaining in the moto, all four racers were bunched up with a mathematical chance of winning the overall title. Aero Aswar ultimately won moto 2, but it was Chris MacClugage with two second place finishes who took home the gold.
In Pro Runabout Limited action, Eric Francis and Yousef Alabdulrazzaq topped the podium finishing 1-2 respectively. In moto 1, Yousef Alabdulrazzaq was the quickest to the flag with Eric Francis hot on his tail. In moto 2, the tables turned with Eric Francis finishing first. The second moto put Francis over the top for the overall win and world title. Making the Francis overall win even more impressive was the fact that Francis won the class on a Stock class GP1800.
“It was truly an amazing showing for the GP1800 along with our other platforms including the new EX which also made its racing debut. The GP’s combination of high power, light weight and unmatched handling in all types of conditions was demonstrated by its strong showing on Friday in two to three foot chop,” said Yamaha product manager and race director Scott Watkins. “The GP went on to dominate the rest of the weekend winning multiple world championship titles. Congrats and many thanks to all the racers and their families, tuners, mechanics, friends and other sponsors who contribute so much to their racing effort. It’s an honor for myself and Yamaha to be a part of such a dedicated group.”