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The Sea-Doo X-TEAM has hit a hot streak on racing circuits around North America over the middle weekends of July with James Bushell and Troy Snyder leading the way on the IJSBA US National Racing Tour in the Pro Open class and Pro Stock class respectively.
Both racers won their respective Pro classes at both the Reno, Nevada and Colonial Beach, Virginia rounds of the Hydroturf National Tour aboard their Sea-Doo RXP-X models and both sit in solid positions to claim National Championships with two rounds to go.
Bushell is the defending 2X Pro Open and Pro GP World Champion and is making his first attempt at winning the US National Tour after claiming multiple European and Dubai titles. He is from the UK where his BRP dealership 158Performance supports his efforts with tuning of Les Cooke of the Sea-Doo Centre. Bushell has found his rhythm in the states and nearly lapped the field in his final moto in Virginia with fellow RXP-X mounted Erminio Iantosca joining him on the podium.
Snyder is the wily veteran of the tour at the age of 41 with his RIVA Racing backed Sea-Doo RXP-X has carrying him to solid wins over defending National and World Champion Eric Francis. Snyder rides the same watercraft performance enthusiasts can buy off the showroom floor with the midas touch of well-known tuner Bo Dupriest of Neptune Racing giving his RXP-X the edge.
The next two rounds will be extremely competitive as tour visits Georgia before culminating in West Virginia. More top level Sea-Doo X-TEAM competitors are expected to participate int he final two rounds where the racing will be intense.
In the second round of the new P1 AquaX series taking place on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, Sea-Doo X-TEAM riders claimed the top podium positions in both the 300 and 250 classes. Sea-Doo X-TEAM rider Jeremy Schandelmayer rode his Sea-Doo RXP-X to a clean sweep over the weekend claiming the overall win and the 300 class (251-300 horsepower) win on the wide open course in calm conditions. This was Schandelmayer’s first AquaX race but will not be his last as he walked away with over $$1200 in prize money and Sea-Doo Bounty contingency funds. Taking the second spot in the 300 class was Kevin Wassum who just recently starting competing on his Sea-Doo RXP-X, the same watercraft he won by being named the Sea-Doo Ultimate Fan in 2011.
The P1 AquaX series is built for new racers and old in a format that focusses on safety with wide open, endurance courses piggy backing the Evinrude powered P1 Superstock boat races in arguably the most professionally produced races in the UK and US. All watercraft must remain completely stock with only cosmetic changes allowed. The 250 class (200-250 horsepower) win was claimed by industry veteran Tim McKercher on a Sea-Doo GTR 215. This was McKercher’s first organized race in over 17 years as the AquaX format makes competing safe and affordable for the everyday performance enthusiast.
For more information on how you can become involved with organized personal watercraft racing visit, International Jet Sport Boating Association. For a look at these winning high-performance watercraft visit the musclecraft section at sea-doo.com.
Photos by Pro Rider Magazine.