Yamaha WaterCraft Announces 2019 Yamaha WaveRunner Factory Racing Plans


The most successful personal watercraft racing program in the history of the sport announced that it will campaign the 2019 P1 AquaX Tour and IJSBA World Finals with a factory race team headlined by the biggest names in PWC racing.

Leading the Yamaha WaveRunner factory team effort is current Pro Runabout Stock world champion Chris MacClugage and current P1 AquaX Tour champion Eric Francis. MacClugage is a 24-time world and national champion, and Francis is the #1 ranked rider in the world by P1 AquaX, followed by Brian Baldwin and MacClugage.

All racers will compete on the P1 AquaX Tour and depending on conditions will either ride the World champion design of the GP1800R SVHO or the all new platform of the 2019 FX SVHO. The new FX SVHO WaveRunner kicked off the 2019 racing season dominating the Hahn 300 endurance race in February. The Hahn 300 is the longest, most grueling PWC endurance race in the world.

 “With the introduction of this new FX model, we’re going to see a lot of racers gravitate to it, just like many of the pros already have,” said Scott Watkins, Yamaha’s WaveRunner product manager.  “There’s never been a combination quite like this – of Power with stability, Control and precision handling.   It will be exciting to watch everything play out in what is expected to be a Yamaha-dominated starting line, and podium.”

2019 Yamaha WaterCraft Factory Riders:

Broward Motorsports: Eric Francis, Sophie Francis, Chris MacClugage

Riva Motorsports: Brian Baldwin, Dustin Farthing, Phil Pope

Dean's Team: Aero Aswar, Aqsa Aswar

Non-Affiliated: Tyler Hill, Eric Lagapalous, Dennis Mack

P1 AquaX Tour Dates:

Apr 13-14, 2019                      Daytona Beach, Fla 

May 11, 2019,                         Kissimmee ~ St Cloud, Fla           

Jun 15-16, 2019                      St. Pete Beach, Fla           

Aug 3-4 2019                           Michigan City, Fla           

Sep 7-8, 2019                          Pensacola Beach, Fla           

Oct 26-27, 2019                      Ft Lauderdale. Fla

IJSBA World Finals Dates:

October 5-13, 2019     Lake Havasu City, Ariz