Yamaha GP1800R WaveRunner pro racer Eric “The Eagle” Francis took the overall US national championship title after an action-packed weekend at the final round of the P1 AquaX Tour in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla.
Fellow Yamaha GP1800R riders Brian Baldwin and Chris MacClugage finish the championship 2-3 respectively.
It wasn't a question of whether or not a Yamaha would win the National title going into the final event. It was more of a question of which Yamaha Factory team/rider would. Francis came into the weekend with a comfortable lead but not a clinch. Yamaha Factory riders Brian Baldwin and Chris MacClugage both had a chance at the title if things went bad for Francis.
Francis did what he had to do and finished second for the weekend behind MacClugage who completed the four moto event 1-1-2-4 for the weekend giving him the #1 spot on the podium for the event.
Yamaha GP1800R race Mike Klipppenstein finished third for weekend, but Baldwin came to Fort Lauderdale with enough points to secure second place in the points title.
“It’s been a long time coming," said Francis who won the championship in 2014. "I’ve been at the top of the world rankings for several years without taking a title, so it’s great to be both #1 in the World and the United States.”
Yamaha racers dominated the P1 AquaX national tour this year with nine of the top 10 riders competing on a Yamaha GP1800R or FX SVHO.
Congratulations to Broward Motorsports, Riva Racing, Dean's Team, and to the families and friends that support personal watercraft racing.