The UK’s best riders will be taking to Torbay with aspirations of race wins, weekend success and title presentations but it is also a huge weekend for the local riders that are appearing in AquaX for the first time.
Devon is a hub for water sports enthusiasts and among them are some of the country’s best up-and-coming talent fine-tuning there skills, two of which are taking the step up to the UK series in front of a home crowd.
A former mountain biker, Dennis Taylor jumped on to a jet ski for the first time in 2015 and he hasn’t looked back since. He is a regular in Torbay and couldn’t resist taking on the experienced AquaX roster on a familiar racing ground.
“I went on a friend’s jetski and I was hooked and brought one the following week,” Taylor told P1AquaX.com.
“The Torbay jet ski community is fantastic. Everyone will always help each other out and you can pretty much guarantee if you asked somebody they will be willing to go out with you so your never alone.
“Every local jet skier is very excited that AquaX is on our doorstep and it will inspire more racing to come forward.”
Also trading in a bike for a jet ski is Joe Leeming who learnt what he knows on the waters that fill Torbay. He has come a long way since first getting on a ski and can’t wait to experience the competitive atmosphere.
Joe Leeming raced motorcycle Enduro, expert class before turning to the water
“I’ve raced [motorcycling] Enduro in the expert class for many years at a high level but wanted a change of sport and knew the bay was so close,” Leeming said.
“I spoke to my local Sea-Doo dealer who told me about the AquaX racing and when I read about the UK series coming to Torbay it was a chance to good to miss.
“There is quite a buzz and it is great to see a few of us locals doing it. It’s great to see the bay buzzing over jet skis and I'm sure it will bring a few more riders to the bay.
A large character around racing in Devon is current UK and Europeans Enduro Pro leader Joe Harvey and he, along with his family, played a part in attracting both Taylor and Leeming.
“Joe Harvey is a good friend of mine and when I saw AquaX was coming to Torquay I thought it was an opportunity I couldn't miss,” Taylor expressed.
Leeming added; “I've watched clips of past years and everyone seems very keen. There are a few local riders that are doing well and it was Joe Harvey's brother, Dan, who talked me into buying the RXT-X Sea-Doo.”
All the nostalgia and local spirit will be second when the pair are on the start line and their concentration will be on the racing experience.
Even with points and places up for grabs, both riders are focused on enjoying their debut AquaX experience regardless of race results.
Taylor commented; “I’m hoping to firstly have fun and a good laugh while doing so regardless where I come, I think it is great that a few riders are stepping up to the plate and you just never know one what will happen.”
“I just can't wait to get on the line and feel the buzz of racing the ski. I’m super keen and want to use the ski to its full potential in a safe controlled environment,” Leeming explained.