Lake Havasu City, AZ — Yamaha WaveRunner racers ruled the IJSBA World Finals that concluded Oct. 11, winning four of five professional runabout titles at the international personal watercraft world championships held annually in Lake Havasu City, AZ.
In all, pro riders aboard Yamaha WaveRunners won world titles in Pro Runabout Stock, Pro Women’s Runabout, Pro Runabout Limited and Pro-Am Normally-Aspirated.
The highlights of the weekend came from North Carolina native Brian Baldwin and Peruvian sensation Palomo Noceda, who rode their Yamaha FZR WaveRunners to World Final’s gold.
Baldwin’s 3-1 moto finishes put him on top of the podium in the premier Pro Runabout Stock class with fellow Yamaha FZR riders Abdullah Al Fadhel and Aero Aswar completing the podium sweep. Amazingly, only one other brand was able to break into the top 10 positions dominated by Yamaha FZRs.
Noceda rode her Dean’s Team tuned Yamaha FZR to the Pro Women’s Runabout world title with fellow Yamaha FZR rider Shante Bukes from South Africa taking home the bronze. Noceda distinguished herself this summer when she competed and won in pro races dominated by male riders.
In total, Yamaha WaveRunner racers won 10 world championships in Pro, Expert and Amateur classes.
“In 2009 when we introduced the FZ’s we decided to make a strong concerted effort to re-enter racing,” said Yamaha’s Race Director Scott Watkins. “This has been an effort over the last five years or so and it takes time to assemble the right people and products in order to put together a great team capable of winning the biggest races in the world. Seeing many racers transition to Yamaha in the last few years has been a thrilling experience for me. They know what they need to win. Winning many of the World titles at the World final in Lake Havasu is the icing on the cake to a very successful race season. Thank you to everyone involved in Yamaha racing. We plan to keep the momentum going for 2016.”
Congratulations to Dean Charrier of Dean’s Team, Riva Racing, and all of the Yamaha racers and their families for their commitment and support of Yamaha Racing.