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Sea-Doo X-TEAM riders continue to dominate personal watercraft racing with a record setting effort at the recent 2012 PWC KING’S CUP GRAND PRIX in Pattaya City Thailand. The King’s Cup is the last major PWC race of the year, as the top riders from around the world close out their competitive year following October’s IJSBA World Championship. For the past eight years many of the top riders have converged at the Kings Cup to battle for one last chance at a title during the calendar year.
In the premier Pro Runabout Open class Veerapong Maneechom (Thailand), James Bushell (United Kingdom) and Chaowalit Kuajaroon (Thailand) showed the world once again that it takes the all-new Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 to claim a podium spot this year. James Bushell after winning runabout world titles in both Pro Open and GP tied overall winner Maneechom in points at the end of the weekend, but it came down to a tiebreaker the final moto. Maneechom separated himself from the pack during his final moto victory, and the event ended with Maneechom standing on the winners spot at this years King Cup. Not only did Sea-Doo riders fill the podium, Sea-Doo X-TEAM riders in the Pro Runabout Open class took spots one through seven, and eight of the top ten racers were riding Sea-Doo RXP-X watercraft.
After the dominating performances at the IJSBA World Finals the X-TEAM momentum continues. The fastest riders in the world are choosing to ride Sea-Doo watercraft. These numbers continue to grow since the Sea-Doo RXP-X has arrived on the market; lets take a look…
– Of the 134 racers in the runabout category at the Kings Cup, 103 of them were riding Sea-Doo watercraft, an impressive 77%.
– There were 27 podium spots available, 23 of them were claimed by a Sea-Doo.
– Nine class championships were available, eight of those were won by a racer on a Sea-Doo watercraft.
Pro Am Runabout stock class shared a familiar theme with the Pro Runabout Open class. Once again Sea-Doo took the top three positions with Terra Settura from Thailand taking the top honors. Settura won two of the four motos. Runner up Omude Salee from Cambodia put up a challenge by also winning two motos, but Settura’s combined moto scores bested Salee’s for the 2012 title. Rounding out the podium was Thanaphan Phungjunan from Thailand.
As race season comes to an end and plans are made for 2013, one can’t help but wonder how many racers will be aboard Sea-Doo watercraft next season. Congratulations to all of the new Kings Cup Champions and to all racers who chose Sea-Doo as their watercraft of choice at this years PWC Kings Cup – World Cup Grand Prix
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