P1 Aqua X Announces New Lucas Oil Sponsored World Rankings and looks ahead to the Bahamas World Championship in November. Baldwin Leap-Frogs Francis to take top spot.

The Third round for the P1 AquaX USA Championships in St. Pete Beach was the venue for the international personal watercraft promoter to announce the latest edition of the Lucas Oil P1Aqua X World Rankings, and there was cause for celebration among the American riders who now fill the top four places. The man with the biggest smile as he was presented with the No. 1 jersey by new World Rankings sponsor Lucas Oil was Brian Baldwin.

The reigning P1 Aqua X world Champion from Denver, North Carolina has ousted Eric Francis from the top spot, with veteran racer Chris MacClugage holding on to third place. Here’s the top ten:

Launched in 2014, the World Rankings identify the most consistent and talented P1 AquaX riders in the world and are revealed every three months. “They have become an established and valued part of our racing and we are delighted to welcome on board Lucas Oil as the new title sponsor” said Lisa Barsby, Global Head of P1 Aqua X. “Over 250 riders have now made an appearance in the rankings and they have become a great talking point.”

Since it was founded 30 years ago, Lucas Oil has recognizes the power of sport, and sponsorships have played a key role in building the company. It is no stranger to marine motorsports having sponsored Nigel Hook and his SilverHook offshore powerboat racing team for 18 years.”

The rankings are calculated using two years’ worth of data, with race results from the last 12 month taking precedence over those recorded between 12 and 24 months go, to ensure riders in from and sill racing in the series become the focus of the rankings. Factors that impact on the allocation of franking points include where the rider finishes, the number of competitors, the water conditions, the level of race class and of the riders taking part. World Championship level events score double ranking points, and appoints from races more than two years old are removed as the season continues, ensuring an ever-changing landscape that allows new riders to make their mark after just a year or two of P1 AquaX Racing.

Baldwin’s move to the top, which saw him don the No. 1 jersey for the first time, is the result of a strong finish last seasons and a solid start to this 2019 campaign. He will now be aiming to still wearing the jersey I November when he defends in world title in the Bahamas. Said Brian, “I’ve been working for this #1 since 2015 and it’s a great honor to hold this.”

Indian’s Christian Daly claimed the P1 Aqua X Pro Rookie of the Year title last season and enters the Top 10 for the first time. Two British racers – multiple UK champion Phil Pop and the only Kawasake rider amongst the tem names, Joe Harey – give Europeans something to cheer about. People competes in the United States, the UK and the mainlain Europe and moves up six places to re-enter the top flight in fifth place. The only Sea-Doo racer in the listing, Erminio Iantosca from Naples, Florida, had a poor start to the current season and is the biggest faller, dropping six places to tenth. Flyting the flag for France in sixth is Thomas Favolini, the reigning P1 AquaX Pro Enduro EuroTour champion.

The next edition of the World Rankings will be announced in September.

By ProRider Mag | 2019