Eric Francis continued his winning ways in the Bahamas today with a clean sweep of victories in the inaugural P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship.
As many expected the ‘big three’ filled the Pro Enduro podium places but not without the hugely impressive Thomas Favolini showing them that it might not be an all American affair.
In the opening Pro Enduro race of the day, official Yamaha Motor France rider Thomas Favolini took the holeshot and looked to be set for victory until a mechanical problem, his second of the championship, ruined his chances.
This left the door open for Eric “The Eagle” Francis to edge out Broward Motorsport teammate Chris MacClugage and Yamaha Riva official rider Brian Baldwin.
In the final Pro Enduro race of the day, knowing that a top 4 finish would secure the title, Francis followed the leader Eric Lagopoulos for the majority of the race before overtaking him to take the checked flag and be officially crowd 2019 AquaX World Champion.
Baldwin and MacClugage had to settle for second and third places, finishing on equal points but with Baldwin claiming runner up second place by virtue of his superior finish in the last race.
A jubilant Francis told reporters:
My aim here in the Bahamas was to take the World Title and so regain my number one world ranking.
I have enjoyed a double celebration today with it being my wedding anniversary and my wife Sophie racing with me here at the Atlantis Paradise Island.
Roy Mantle has more than 25 years experience in sales, marketing, PR, sponsorship, events and sports management both in-house with blue-chip companies and as a consultant.
He founded and ran two successful sports marketing agencies in the 1980s before becoming head of PR & sponsorship for Guinness in 1992, where he first became interested in environmental issues.
He negotiated and helped to plan the activation programme for the Guinness sponsorship of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and managed the Guinness sponsorship of London Irish for nearly a decade.
He has worked on projects for the Department of Education since 2002, handled the Guinness sponsorship at Cheltenham Racecourse for more than 15 years and is currently Company Secretary & In-House PR for Powerboat P1.