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Pro Rider Magazine Cover Story: Yamaha’s new GP 1800

Story published in October 2016 issue of Pro Rider Magazine; written by Peter Ratti

"Yamaha WaterCraft introduced its first WaveRunner 30 years ago and the fun, excitement, and innovation has been non-stop ever since. Pro Rider Watercraft Magazine recently had the privilege of attending Yamaha’s presentation of new watercraft for 2017 at beautiful Lake Oconee in Central Georgia. Several new and exciting Personal Watercraft (PWC) models were introduced to cover both ends of the price/performance spectrum for 2017."

"Yamaha has developed an all new line designated as the EX Series. The EX Series has been designed specifically for buyers seeking an affordable entry to the sport of PWC riding. The new series is shorter in length, lighter in weight and is more affordable than any three-person WaveRunner that Yamaha has offered in the past. Three models in the EX Series are the EX, EX Sport, and the EX Deluxe. All three models utilize an all new hull design manufactured from high compression molded compound. The new hull delivers excellent stability for one, two, or three-up riding and towing. All models feature a 13-gallon fuel tank that is nearly double the capacity of competitive models in the “Rec Lite” category, great for running all day without refueling."

"At the top end of the PWC spectrum stands the 2017 Yamaha GP 1800. Designed for closed-course racing and experienced high-performance enthusiasts, this ski will keep you more than satisfied for years to come. Equipped the RiDE® system, this 1-3 person ski can be easily used for recreational activities."

"Legendary Jet Ski Champion and Yamaha Product Manager, Scott “Hollywood” Watkins shared his impressions with Pro Rider at the reveal event. “Even though we introduced the GP hull in MY15 it had been developed for more power from the start. It reminded me of when we developed the original GP in the mid 90’s. We took a World Championship hull from the 1996 World Finals, added our most powerful engine at the time (155hp) and then the GP was born. There’s a lot of track time put into the new GP hull shape which, in my opinion, is its best feature. The new GP hull can really corner, I mean REALLY corner. Some of the best watercraft racers in the world have been very impressed by it’s out of the box performance. Everyone that has been on this boat so far has been wowed,” said Watkins."

Read the full article from Pro Rider Magazine