Powerboat P1 is the fastest growing marine motorsport series in the world and has a long term commitment to growing and developing JetSki racing at all levels.
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The countdown is underway to the start of P1’s international race season, with Daytona Beach in Florida set to host the opening event next month before the world’s leading marine motorsport promoter makes a return visit to La Seyne-sur-Mer in South Eastern France in early May. P1’s extensive 2019 race programme will see it stage more than 20 personal watercraft (pwc) and powerboat racing events from April through to October.
A double bill of Jetcross and AquaX (enduro sit-down series) class racing at Les Sablettes Beach, which receives rave reviews on TripAdvisor, is expected to attract a record entry of around 150 riders from up to 15 countries. “In recent years the town has moved away from its traditional industries such as shipbuilding to tourism” explains Julien Bastien, European Head of the P1 AquaX and Jetcross series. “It boasts a superb, sandy beach, crystal blue water, wonderful views and Mediterranean sunshine, with the city of Toulon just a short ferry ride away across the bay. It’s the perfect venue to stage the P1 Jetcross Grand Prix of the Mediterranean.”
The Jetcross stand-up series has reinforced P1’s growing presence in Europe after joining the family of marine racing brands in 2016. Its international Pro Tour and Amateur Tour will this year comprise five events in three countries, with La Seyne-sur-Mer being one of three French venues and the only one to run Jetcross and AquaX races side-by-side. The two-day event will take place on the weekend of 4-5 May and spectators and TV viewers can expect to enjoy some dramatic, high-speed action on the open sea.
P1 Jetcross World Pro Tour will be extremely interesting this season with new hulls and teams joining the championship says Julien Bastien, P1 Europe Manager
P1 Jetcross, regarded as the leading Ski stand-up series in the world, will be extremely interesting this season with new hulls and teams joining the championship. Reigning Pro Tour champion Jeremy Poret will be looking to win his sixth title, which would be a new record, riding either the new Bullett V4 or a Bullett V3 with a Rotax turbo engine. His youngest brother Morgan Poret, who finished second in last year’s championship, will again be a major contender. Former champion Valentin Dardillat is building a new machine supported by engine manufacturer Rotax and he will be hoping to improve on his third place finish last year.
Other riders to look out for will be Raphael Maurin and his teammate Marvin Martinez on their new Kawasaki M1 4-stroke 1500cc, developed and built by themselves. Challenging these top French Pro racers will be the Norwegian Stian Schjetlein, Spanish rider Nacho Armillas and Alec Enderli from Switzerland, with Anthony Beernaut, Anthony Goethals and former IJSBA World Champion Quinten Bossche – whose 2018 season ended in disappointment with a technical disqualification in the final round - flying the flag for Belgium.
From the Mediterranean coast, the P1 Jetcross action moves to Basse-Ham near the Luxembourg border for the P1 Jetcross Grand Prix of Europe on the River Moselle later that month, whilst the AquaX riders will head north to the Belgian coast to race in Ostend at the end of June.