Date: Fri 29 Sep 2017

World Rankings: October 2017 Edition

The AquaX World Rankings have been calculated - who will move up, who will move down?

1st - Chris MacClugage #46

Still world number one, Chris MacClugage has followed up his debut AquaX season in style, winning all three races in Daytona Beach and Islamorada as well as picking up a weekend victory in St Pete Beach.

He is yet to finish off the podium in 2017 and will hope to retain his Pro Series title in Ft Lauderdale this November, where only DNFs can realistically stop him.

MacClugage's win record over the past two years is unrivalled and he undoubtedly deserves his top spot in the AquaX World Rankings!

2nd - Eric Francis #911

The switch to Yamaha in the off season has seen Eric Francis continue his improvement this season after rounding off 2016 with a final race win in Ft Lauderdale.

He has cemented his place inside the top three of the World Rankings this season with his most recent performance perhaps his best - a weekend victory in Chicago following two race wins and two seconds.

He has his eye on a World Championship in Key West this December as well as being ready to pounce if Chris MacClugage slips up at the final round of the Pro Series in Ft Lauderdale.

3rd - Brian Baldwin #502

The biggest mover inside the top five, Brian Baldwin has backed up his impressive 2016 season, which saw him miss the last two rounds of the championship, with another fine showing in 2017.

He currently sits third in the title race and whilst Chris MacClugage may be too far in front to catch, he'll certainly be hoping he can pull out his best performance in Key West in December to clinch the first ever AquaX World Championship.

4th - Mike Klippenstein #212

The ever consistent Mike Klippenstein holds his position at fourth in the AquaX World Rankings after yet another solid year in the Pro Series.

Klipper is yet to secure a race victory since the Pro Series was introduced in 2016 but is having a fine season this year as two points separate him from 4th placed Erminio Iantosca in the championship standings going into the final round in Ft Lauderdale.

5th - Aero Aswar #119

The former world number one, Aero Aswar, has slipped down the rankings this year after racing just once in Daytona Beach at the season opener.

Despite struggling in race one, Aswar was able to secure two third place finishes in the following races and landed a place on the podium at the end of the weekend.

6th - Chris Saxon #71

Chris Saxon is another amateur who stepped up into Pro company this season and the 2016 300 class champ has followed up with an impressive performance, ensuring his place inside the top ten is secure.

Saxon currently ranks as the best rookie in the 2017 Pro Series and he'll be hoping to go from strength-to-strength as he looks to claim a top five finish in Ft Lauderdale next month before mounting a serious AquaX World Championship challenge in December.

7th - Erminio Iantosca #94

The highest ranked Sea-Doo rider, Erminio Iantosca has really showed his ability this year culminating in a first ever AquaX victory in race one in Sarasota.

A collision with a buoy meant that he could only finish second overall for the weekend but he has been challenging the top Yamaha racers all season and has increased his ranking by seven to work his way inside the top ten for the first time.

Iantosca will be targeting the AquaX World Championships in December to boost that ranking even further.

8th - Joe Harvey #64

It's been 12 months to remember for British racer Joe Harvey who clinched the International Cup in Florida at the end of last season and has since dominated the UK and European championships.

Harvey secured victory in the UK championship at Torquay last month and is within touching distance of clinching the first ever Euro Pro Tour title with just one round left to go.

The Brit will once again be hoping to cause a stir in the US, this time in the Pro class, when he travels over in December for the inaugural AquaX World Championships.

9th - Jay Edworthy #477

It's been a busy year for Jay Edworthy who not only made the step up to the Pro Series but also defended his North East Series title on the Great Lakes.

His incredible performance in Chicago in September saw Edworthy complete seven races over a weekend, and that kind of commitment has seen his ranking rise over the past few months by an incredible 19 places, putting him inside the top ten for the first time.

10th - Eric Lagopolous #361

Eric Lagopolous has been racing AquaX since its inception in the US in 2013 and has won multiple titles, most recently in 2015 when claiming the 250 class crown.

However, the step up to the Pro Series in 2016 saw him challenge a whole new group of talented racers and whilst his winning was somewhat curbed his consistent performances inside the top ten have rewarded him with a place inside the top ten, a move up from 11th when the World Rankings were last released.

Lagopolous will be hoping to improve his ranking further at the final round of the 2017 Pro Series in Ft Lauderdale later this year where he is in a close fought battle for 7th place with Anthony Radetic, Jay Edworthy and Tommy Olswang.

11 to 20…

One of the most incredible stories in the world of sport, Anthony Radetic suffered a serious motorcycle accident in 2004 that left him bound to a wheelchair. However, the US Army veteran didn't let that impact on his life and he has competed at the highest level in a number of sports since the injury, including in the AquaX amateur class for a couple of years.

Radetic decided to make the switch to the Pro class this season and his performances have propelled him up 36 places in the World Rankings, a testament to the hard work and skill put in by the extremely talented US racer.

There was also huge gains for Cyrille Lemoine who returned from a horrific leg break in Daytona Beach last year to once again battle it out with some of the best in the Pro Series this season. He is up to 19th, whilst Carlito del Valle, Cody Tetreault and Enrique Chia also made progress as the top three amateur racers in the world.

Russell Marmon leapfrogs Tim Batte and Phil Pope to become the second highest ranked UK rider, whilst Victor Nolan makes an appearance inside the top 20 for the first time in his AquaX career.

  • 11. Tommy Olswang #219
  • 12. Enrique Chia #34
  • 13. Cody Tetreault #710
  • 14. Russell Marmon #666
  • 15. Tim Batte #46
  • 16. Craig Warner #101
  • 17. Victor Nolan #585
  • 18. Carlito del Valle #30
  • 19. Cyrille Lemoine #99
  • 20. Anthony Radetic #153

21 to 30…

There's not many riders out there who have improved as rapidly as Sophie Francis, who has quickly turned into one of the quickest amateur Enduro racers in the world with her performances in 2017.

Her race victories in St Pete Beach and Chicago have helped her ranking rocket over the last few months and she now finds herself inside the top 30 with 26th position in the rankings.

Daniel Steele is another rider moving in the right direction as his switch to the Pro Series this year has seen his ranking move up 25 spots to 30th, whilst David Chassier also moves up the rankings to 25th.

Several familiar names on the AquaX Tour have fallen in the latest rankings, including Jason Russo who has dropped 10 places to 22nd, Khris Leach has dropped 15 places to 24th and Blaine Spooner has dropped 12 places to 27th.

  • 21. Marcus Jorgensen #248
  • 22. Jason Russo #77
  • 23. Anya Colley #52
  • 24. Khris Leach #50
  • 25. David Chassier #41
  • 26. Sophie Francis #911
  • 27. Blaine Spooner #220
  • 28. Hector Toledo #31
  • 29. Domenico Barilla #714
  • 30. Daniel Steele #128

31 to 40…

The start of the 2017 AquaX season was given an almighty boost when French superstar Nicolas Rius announced his return to jet ski racing after several years away from the sport.

He wasted no time in Daytona, finishing second behind old rival Chris MacClugage in the opening race before an injury saw him miss races two and three. In St Pete Beach he recorded an emotional win, one he dedicated to his son, and that has seen him rise into 33rd in the World Rankings.

Dave Davidson has been by far the biggest mover of all inside the top 50. His decision to switch to Enduro racing paid dividends when he recorded his first ever weekend victory in Chicago and he bolts up 115 places into 34th.

Phil Pope is the biggest faller having dropped out of the top five having not raced on the AquaX Tour in 2017 as yet, whilst fellow Brit Carl Lofthouse has made it inside the Top 50 for the first time after winning the UK 200 AM title.

  • 31. Phil Pope #200
  • 32. Gary Shrigley #734
  • 33. Nicolas Rius #217
  • 34. Dave Davidson #221
  • 35. David Coe #80
  • 36. Paul Green #416
  • 37. Dave Huddlestone #70
  • 38. Jason Lester #35
  • 39. Carl Lofthouse #555
  • 40. Dustin Farthing #116

41 to 50...

There have been some major movers in the world rankings and that has seen a shake up on those sneaking into the top 50. Not many of the big gainers in the top 50 can boast such a rise as Nick Brockbanks, who lifted 74 places from June and now takes his place in 48th on the list.

Brockbanks has been racing in the 250 class in both the UK and European series this year and has been competing with some of the best the 300 class have to offer, making his place inside the top 50 fully deserved.

Former stand up racer and Pro Series rookie Johnny Smith has entered the top 50 in 44th place, whilst other pro racers Didier Chabert and Jordan Lambert make their way into the top 50 for the first time also.

Dave Lee of the UK is the biggest faller from 41-50 having dropped 20 places since June, whilst Richard Cable’s performance in the UK amateur series was not enough to stop his ranking from falling to 41st.

  • 41. Richard Cable #92
  • 42. Jeff Thornton #255
  • 43. Frank SIlva #555
  • 44. Johnny Smith #72
  • 45. Travis Zielasko #999
  • 46. Dave Lee #35
  • 47. Didier Chabert #222
  • 48. Nick Brockbanks #57
  • 49. Jordan Lambert #380
  • 50. Aysha Rensink #81

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