Aquabike World Championship (powerboating)

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Aquabike World Championship
Motor racing formula
CategoryGP1 (Class Pro)
Country or regionWorld
ChampionshipsRunabout Ski Freestyle
Inaugural season1992
StatusOngoing
Current championsRunabout GP1, Freestyle, Ski GP1, Ski Ladies GP1
  • Flag of Kuwait.svg Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq,
  • Flag of Slovenia.svg Nac Florjančič,
  • Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Quinten Bossche,
  • Flag of Sweden.svg Emma-Nellie Örtendahl

The UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship is a powerboating sports competition. The UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship is the premier class of jetski racing, founded in 1992. Aquabike jetskis are personal watercraft vehicles purpose-built for racing and modified according to class. The UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship is organized and promoted by H2O Racing Ltd on behalf of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), the governing body of powerboating and the exclusive entity recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). ABP refers to Aquabike Promotion. [1]

The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) is the international governing body of powerboating, based in the Principality of Monaco. It was founded in 1922, in Belgium, as the Union Internationale du Yachting Automobile.

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Types of Bikes

Currently, there are two types of Aquabikes (jetskis); Ski and Runabout

Ski

This term refers to an Aquabike designed to be stood upon and is powered by rear jet propulsion with a completely closed system. Skis, by definition, are the most demanding to ride as they require high fitness levels and great physical strength as well as agility in the legs and arms. According to the different degrees of modifications to the engine and bodywork, this type of Aquabike is used for 3 different categories: GP1, GP2 and Stock. Another category (GP3) also exists in which younger drivers, between the ages of 11-14, compete.

Ski bikes are also used in the Freestyle category however this requires further structural changes to the size and motor, allowing the Ski to become considerably shorter in length, lighter in weight and able to perform better at low engine speeds.

Ski bikes are currently used in 3 different disciplines of the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship: Closed Circuit, Parallel Slalom and Freestyle. [2]

Runabout

Runabout refers to the largest and most powerful bikes in the Championship. Runabout bikes are designed for driving while seated and feature a saddle (located towards the front) and a rear jet or a completely closed propulsion system. Runabouts are the most common jetski in the world, as they can also be used for recreational purposes.

As with Ski bikes, Runabout bikes are used for 3 different racing categories: GP1, GP2 and Stock, according to the different degrees of modifications to the engine and bodywork. Another category (GP3) also exists in which younger drivers, between the ages of 11-14, compete.

Runabout bikes are used in 5 different disciplines of the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship: Closed Circuit, Offshore, Endurance, Jet Raid and Parallel Slalom. [3]

Disciplines

The UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship is divided into 5 categories:

Closed Circuit

These races are held near coastlines. Regulations require that the path does not exceed 1300m in length. The circuit is marked out by different coloured buoys: yellow (right turn) and red (left turn). Riders are required to complete a set number of laps (varies according to racing division) at the end of which, the chequered flag is waved by marshals. [4]

Offshore

Offshore races take place at sea. These races are held across long distances and require serious consideration to be taken for refuelling as this is usually done on land. The circuit is bordered by large buoys (visible from long distances) or by natural landmarks like coastline, lighthouses, islands, rocks, etc . [5]

Endurance

Endurance races are held on long closed circuits. As endurance races are testing the long-term resistance of a rider and their bike, these races tend to last several hours and are more akin to a marathon as opposed to a sprint. Given the long duration of the race, supplies are required in advance to ensure everything runs smoothly. Runabout bikes are used in endurance races. [6]

Jet Raid

These races are spread over several stages. Riders are required to travel long distances marked by checkpoints in order to complete the race. These races are often very time consuming as riders cover one expanse of water, and reach the coast on the other side, where their bike then has to be transported by land to the next race stage. [7]

Freestyle

This category is more of a competition than a race. Riders are given a duration of 3 minutes to perform a rehearsed routine, one at a time. The stunts are evaluated by a team of five expert judges. The evaluation criteria are: quality, quantity and variety. The most common moves are Backflip, Barrel Roll, 360, Superman and Submarine. [8]

Safety

Safety and security is of paramount importance during all the races and tests. Each member of the rescue team present at all races is required to have a certificate proving their ability to rescue and transport personal watercrafts and injured riders. The support of the firefighters and patrol boats is essential as they ensure the immediate action in case of more serious accidents. On the ground, there is a medical team specialised in traumatology who are able to accompany the riders to the closest hospital to the race site. In offshore racing, there is also a helicopter rescue service. [9]

Results

Runabout GP1

SeasonChampionSecondThird
2018 Flag of France.svg Jérémy Perez Flag of Sweden.svg Lars Åkerblom Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Bushell
2016 Flag of Kuwait.svg Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Bushell Flag of Sweden.svg Lars Åkerblom
2015 Flag of Kuwait.svg Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq Flag of France.svg Jean-Baptiste Botti Flag of France.svg Jérémy Perez
2014 Flag of France.svg Teddy Pons Flag of France.svg Jérémy Perez Flag of Sweden.svg Lars Åkerblom
2013 Flag of Kuwait.svg Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq Flag of France.svg Cyrille Lemoine Flag of France.svg Jérémy Perez
2012 Flag of France.svg François Medori Flag of France.svg Cyrille Lemoine Flag of Italy.svg Lorenzo Benaglia
2011 Flag of Italy.svg Mattia Fracasso Flag of France.svg François Medori Flag of France.svg Cyrille Lemoine
2010 Flag of France.svg Cyrille Lemoine Flag of France.svg François Medori Flag of France.svg Teddy Pons
2009 Flag of France.svg Teddy Pons Flag of Italy.svg Lorenzo Benaglia Flag of Spain.svg Jordi Tomas
2008 Flag of Greece.svg Constantinos Malamanitis Flag of Hungary.svg Laszlo Sumegi Flag of Hungary.svg Andras Vagott
2007 Flag of France.svg Davy Vaitilingon Flag of France.svg Philippe Chastanet Flag of France.svg Jean-Philippe Dies
2006 Flag of France.svg Cyrille Lemoine Flag of Italy.svg Gimmi Bosio Flag of Spain.svg Jose Manuel Cruzado
2005 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Steve Stievenart Flag of Italy.svg Christian Speciale Flag of Hungary.svg Laszlo Sumegi
2004 Flag of France.svg Didier Navarro Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Mohamed Al Mansouri Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Rashid Al-Tayer
2003 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Nadir bin Hendi Flag of France.svg Didier Navarro Flag of Italy.svg Lorenzo Benaglia
2002 Flag of Italy.svg Gimmi Bosio Flag of Italy.svg Cesare Vismara Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Nadir bin Hendi
2001 Flag of Italy.svg Gimmi Bosio Flag of Italy.svg Lorenzo Benaglia Flag of France.svg Didier Navarro
1999 Flag of France.svg Didier Navarro Flag of France.svg Cyrille Lemoine Flag of Italy.svg Gimmi Bosio
1997 Flag of Spain.svg David Selles Flag of Italy.svg Lorenzo Camplani Flag of Spain.svg Jose Casanova
1996 Flag of France.svg Joël Bontoux Flag of Switzerland.svg Jean-Luc Docquier Flag of France.svg Pierre Nataly

Ski GP1

SeasonChampionSecondThird
2017 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Quinten Bossche Flag of Austria.svg Kevin Reiterer Flag of France.svg Mickaël Poret
2016 Flag of France.svg Jérémy Poret Flag of Austria.svg Kevin Reiterer Flag of Spain.svg Nacho Armillas
2015 Flag of Austria.svg Kevin Reiterer Flag of France.svg Jérémy Poret Flag of Spain.svg Nacho Armillas
2014 Flag of France.svg Jérémy Poret Flag of the United States.svg Chris MacClugage Flag of Portugal.svg Tiago Sousa
2013 Flag of France.svg Mickaël Poret Flag of Portugal.svg Tiago Sousa Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Monti
2012 Flag of France.svg Jérémy Poret Flag of Spain.svg Nacho Armillas Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Monti
2011 Flag of France.svg Jérémy Poret Flag of France.svg Christopher Courtois Flag of France.svg Jean-Baptiste Botti
2010 Flag of France.svg Mickaël Poret Flag of France.svg Jérémy Poret Flag of France.svg Christopher Courtois
2009 Flag of France.svg Steven Dauliach Flag of France.svg Franky Zapata Flag of France.svg Mickaël Poret
2008 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Monti Flag of France.svg Bruce Lopez Flag of Italy.svg Matteo Gaddoni
2007 Flag of Croatia.svg Slaven Ivančić Flag of France.svg Audrey Dujardin Flag of France.svg Louis-Nathan Lavocat
2006 Flag of France.svg Ludovic Caumont Flag of France.svg Didier Navarro Flag of Italy.svg Matteo Luzzatti
2005 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Monti Flag of France.svg Kevin Laigle Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Oliveri
2004 Flag of France.svg Kevin Laigle Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Monti Flag of France.svg Didier Navarro
2003 Flag of France.svg Kevin Laigle Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ryan Burt Flag of France.svg Didier Navarro
2002 Flag of Spain.svg David Selles Flag of Italy.svg Angelo Bertozzi Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Monti
2001 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Monti Flag of Italy.svg Andrea Finchi Flag of France.svg Jerome Boyadjian

Ski Ladies

SeasonChampionSecondThird
2017 Flag of Sweden.svg Emma-Nellie Örtendahl Flag of France.svg Estelle Poret Flag of Latvia.svg Krista Uzare
2016 Flag of Sweden.svg Emma-Nellie Örtendahl Flag of France.svg Jennifer Ménard Flag of Portugal.svg Beatriz Curtinhal
2015 Flag of France.svg Jennifer Ménard Flag of Sweden.svg Emma-Nellie Örtendahl Flag of Portugal.svg Beatriz Curtinhal
2014 Flag of France.svg Jennifer Ménard Flag of France.svg Estelle Poret Flag of Italy.svg Marta Sorrentino
2013 Flag of Serbia.svg Pija Šumer Flag of Italy.svg Marta Sorrentino Flag of France.svg Jennifer Ménard
2012 Flag of Portugal.svg Stefania Balzer Flag of Serbia.svg Pija Šumer Flag of France.svg Julie Bulteau
2011 Flag of France.svg Julie Bulteau Flag of Portugal.svg Stefania Balzer Flag of Serbia.svg Pija Šumer
2010 Flag of France.svg Julie Bulteau Flag of Italy.svg Marta Sorrentino Flag of Portugal.svg Stefania Balzer
2009 Flag of France.svg Julie Bulteau Flag of Spain.svg Patty Guttierez Flag of Italy.svg Paola Boggi
2007 Flag of Italy.svg Alessia Ida Flag of France.svg Audrey Dujardin Flag of France.svg Julie Bulteau
2006 Flag of France.svg Audrey Dujardin Flag of Italy.svg Alessia Ida Flag of France.svg Julie Bulteau
2005 Flag of Italy.svg Elisa Sabatino Flag of Italy.svg Tatiana Mercuriali Flag of France.svg Victoria Molyneaux

Freestyle

SeasonChampionSecondThird
2017 Flag of Slovenia.svg Nac Florjančič Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Mariani Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Rashid Al Mulla
2016 Flag of Slovenia.svg Rok Florjančič Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Rashid Al Mulla Flag of Slovenia.svg Nac Florjančič
2015 Flag of Slovenia.svg Rok Florjančič Flag of Slovenia.svg Nac Florjančič Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Mariani
2014 Flag of Slovenia.svg Rok Florjančič Flag of Slovenia.svg Nac Florjančič Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Mariani
2013 Flag of Slovenia.svg Rok Florjančič Flag of Slovenia.svg Nac Florjančič Flag of Montenegro.svg Aleksandar Petrović
2012 Flag of Slovenia.svg Nac Florjančič Flag of France.svg Romain Stampers Flag of Slovenia.svg Rok Florjančič
2011 Flag of Italy.svg Valerio Calderoni Flag of France.svg Romain Stampers Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Mariani
2010 Flag of Russia.svg Ivan Potanin Flag of Italy.svg Valerio Calderoni Flag of France.svg Romain Stampers
2009 Flag of Italy.svg Valerio Calderoni Flag of France.svg Romain Stampers Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Mariani
2008 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lee Stone Flag of Italy.svg Valerio Calderoni Flag of Russia.svg Ekaterina Tolkonova
2007 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lee Stone Flag of France.svg Romain Stampers Flag of Italy.svg Valerio Calderoni
2006 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lee Stone Flag of Brazil.svg Alessander Lenzi Flag of France.svg Romain Stampers
2005 Flag of Brazil.svg Alessander Lenzi Flag of France.svg Romain Stampers Flag of Italy.svg Rosario Caruso
2004 Flag of Brazil.svg Alessander Lenzi Flag of France.svg Romain Stampers Flag of the United States.svg Rob Bortolameolli
2003 Flag of Brazil.svg Alessander Lenzi Flag of Germany.svg Marc Sickerling Flag of France.svg Romain Stampers
2002 Flag of Germany.svg Marc Sickerling Flag of Brazil.svg Alessander Lenzi Flag of Italy.svg Federico Bufacchi
2001 Flag of Italy.svg Giampaolo Marcante Flag of Italy.svg Federico Bufacchi Flag of Italy.svg Sergio Marcolini
1999 Flag of Italy.svg Federico Bufacchi Flag of Croatia.svg Kresimir Erderc Flag of France.svg Stéphane Prayas
1997 Flag of Germany.svg Marc Sickerling Flag of France.svg Stéphane Prayas Flag of Germany.svg Marco Scheel
1996 Flag of Germany.svg Marc Sickerling Flag of France.svg Stéphane Prayas Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Richichi

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