by Dom Wiseman

The 2017 AJSP Australian Watercross Championships were recently held at Redcliffe Beach, Queensland. Running over April 29 and 30th, the event attracted competitors from all over the country. Yamaha riders were dominant claiming six classes during the event. The new Yamaha GP 1800 which we have tested were prevalent with major placings held by seven of the craft across three main classes of racing.

GP1800 dominates Stock-Classes

Reigning Pro-Stock Champion Mitch Wayt claimed the Pro-Stock Championship Title as well as the Pro-Stock Endurance Title. He competed on his two Worx Racing and Diptech Yamaha tuned GP1800s. Former champion Shane Stuart won the Pro-Stock-spec Championship Title on his Shoreline Yamaha tuned GP1800 and FZS.

Christian D'Agostin powering towards his Pro-Open Endurance Title win on his FX SVHO

With support from Sydney Watercraft Centre, Gold Coast WaveRunners and Diptech Performance, Mitch Wayt #16Awas pushing his two GP1800s to the pointy end of each Pro-Stock race. His speed edged-out 2016 showroom-stock champion Mitchell Casey by a narrow-margin to take the Title.

Pro-Stock Enduro was dominated by Yamaha’s Mitch Wayt and Mitch Casey for the Title. In the end, it was Mitch Wayt on the top podium step, clenching the title with his Stock-Class GP1800.
Shoreline Yamaha’s Shane Stuart #476 proved victorious in Pro Stock-spec on his GP1800 and FZ, winning the class ahead of Mitch Wayt #16A in 2nd on his GP1800 and Rookie Sebastian Birch #110 in 3rd on his FZR.

FX SVHO wins Pro-Open Enduro

Five-time Endurance Champion Christian D’Agostin #6A maintained his form over long distances, winning the Pro-Open Endurance Title on his Gold Coast WaveRunnersFX SVHO. In race #1 Shoreline Yamaha’s Brett Douglas took the win riding his Shoreline Yamaha FX SVHO, with D’Agostin seconds behind.

During Race #2 Mitchell Casey and Christian D’Agostin high-sided at speed, forcing a red-flag. When the race restarted, D’Agostin recovered and knuckled-down to take the win in the gruelling 35 minute race.

SuperJets win Lites Class

In the SuperJet class, Shoreline Yamaha’s Jordan O’Keeffe #141 claimed the Pro/Am Limited Lites Title on his SuperJet. 16-year-old Jett Cavanagh #101 won the Junior Lites Title on his Worx Racing tuned craft.

Jordan O'Keeffe winning all 4 races on his Lites-Limited SuperJet

The Pro/Am Limited Lites Class races were held in brutally windy conditions, with 3-foot chop all over the course. For Jordan O’Keeffe’s this worked to his advantage winning each of the four races to win the 2017 Lites Limited Title.

Jett Cavanagh also mastered the conditions channelling his freeriding experience. Sponsored by Marina Bayside and Yamaha the Junior won all four races and in doing so claimed his first Australian Championship Title.

“It’s pleasing to see the majority of Australia’s elite racers have chosen to fight for the 2017 Australian Championship on either the GP1800, FX SVHO or SuperJet,” said Yamaha Motor Australia’s Mark Harman.

“It’s early days for the new GP1800 with it being a brand-new product, but we have had an exceptional result from the new GP1800, locking out three of the runabout classes.”