As P1 Aquax prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary this year, the international personal watercraft racing promoter has released plans that will include race series in the United States, mainland Europe and the United Kingdom from April to September.
The season finale will again be the AquaX Bahamas World Championship in November.
In the United States, Daytona Beach will kick off the season as it did last year, with a total of more than a hundred Pro Enduro, Am Enduro and Sprint riders expected to tackle the awesome surf.
At the beginning of May the Amateur racers will travel to Tavares in Central Florida, some 40 miles northwest of Orlando on the north shore of Lake Dora and known as America’s Seaplane City. Later in the month the series will make its third visit to Cocoa Beach to join the Thunder on Cocoa Beach offshore racing on the Space Coast for the first time.
The following month the riders head across to St. Pete Beach on the Gulf coast for the fourth time and at the end of July the series will travel north to Indiana where Michigan City will host an AquaX event for the second time on the southern shore of the lake. A fifth Pro event in August is set to be announced.
The climax of the season in November will again see the focus shift to the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, where an elite, international field of professional riders will battle for endurance and sprint titles in the P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship.
The series of qualifying races across the summer will be designated as the ‘Race to The Bahamas.’ This year the Sprint SE class, which includes Yamaha EX/EXR and Sea-Doo Spark riders, will join Pro Enduro and Pro Sprint on the World Championship race schedule in Nassau.
In mainland Europe and the UK, the calendar will be a mix of established and new race venues, with West Bay in Dorset and Blankenberge on the Belgian coast hosting AquaX events for the first time.
Now in its fourth season, the AquaX EuroTour will feature both endurance and sprint racing. It with visit three countries in Western Europe between May and the end of September.
The EuroTour and UK series get underway in West Bay, on the English Channel coast, in mid-May.
The UK national championship will then visit Torquay on the South Devon coast in June and Colwyn Bay in North Wales the following month. In August and September the focus will shift to EuroTour events in Belgium and Spain.
The Belgian seaside resort of Blankenburge is a new name on the calendar, where AquaX will work with local promoter BK Offshore, and the final weekend of the European season will see the Tour visit Spain.
P1 AquaX will continue to pursue opportunities to race in new markets outside the United States and Europe in 2020.
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