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Sunday on Lake Havasu
LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ (October 10, 2004) -- France's Steven Dauliach in Pro Ski and USA's Eric Malone in Pro Freestyle and Chris MacClugage in Pro Runabout 1200 captured the Pro Gold Medals during Sunday's finale of the 23rd International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) Dos Equis World Finals of personal watercraft racing on Lake Havasu.
For Dauliach, who rode a Kawasaki watercraft, it was his second straight IJSBA Pro World Championship while Malone, who performed on a Polaris, claimed his fifth and MacClugage raced on a Kawasaki to earn his, his eighth crown. MacClugage is the only rider in the sport's history who has won IJSBA Pro World Championships in four different classes.
Also winning Gold Medals Sunday in the final Pro-Am Classes of the eight-day event were: Thailand's Chokuhit Molee (Pro-Am Runabout 800 Superstock-Sea-Doo), Janelle Barr, Renton, Wash. (Pro-Am Women Ski-Kawasaki) and Amy Green, Escondido, Calif. (Women Runabout-Yamaha). It was the first IJSBA World Championship for both Molee and Green while Barr picked up her second straight.
Dauliach, who qualified first on Saturday in Pro Ski, was third in the first of three 7-lap motos and then won the final two on on the 1.6-mile course laid out in front of the Crazy Horse RV Resort and Campground to earn his championship. This was the first time a three-moto format was used in an IJSBA Pro race in the U.S.
“I like longer courses like this one, so it was great for me, especially running three motos,” said Dauliach, this year's European Champion as well. “My dad was her and called home (France) and told my mom that I won. The second place rider from Japan (Masaharu Takanoshita) was very strong. This was the first time I have raced against him this year. The course was really cool, like we run in Europe and the people of Lake Havasu make you feel at home, which helped give me an edge as well.”
Malone, Duncansville, Pa., maneuvered a Polaris to an amazing top qualifying score of 49.5 out of 50 possible points for his two-minute plus one wake trick finals set in Pro Freestyle. He was even more impressive in Saturday's qualifying when he received a near-perfect 49.9 score, including a perfect 10 from five of the seven judges.
“I worked hard with the Polaris team this year, especially on testing and planning,” said Malone, who was second last year in this event. “Today's results are due to all of that hard work, and I hope to come back next year with even more tricks. I just can't tell you how good it feels to win my fifth IJSBA World Championship.
MacClugage, a Florida native who trains out of Baldwin Park, CA, won the first two nine-lap motos and finished with a second place in moto 3 for his fourth world title in the last six years in Pro Runabout 1200.
“I never got off track (form) this year, although some people thought so,” said MacClugage, the second winningest Pro rider in IJSBA history with 120 individual race victories. “This is the first time I have raced three motos in the United States. I did a lot of training to prepare for it. I also raced in Europe where they use this format. It was also very important for me to have my family here, they have been so supportive of me for all these years I've been racing.”
Team USA, with seven world titles, won the IJSBA Nation's Cup, awarded to the country whose riders record the best finishes in the world championship classes. Team USA,who won for the fifth straight year, earned 300 points. Second, with four world titles and 276 points, was Thailand while Canada was third, winning three crowns and earning 271 points..
In the battle of manufacturers, Kawasaki won 11 IJSBA World Championship crowns, followed by Sea-Doo with seven and Polaris and Yamaha with three each.
Over 1,200 entries from nearly 40 U.S. States and over 30 nations, the IJSBA Dos Equis World Finals competed in the premier pwc racing extravaganza in the world. IJSBA World Championship titles were decided in 22 closed-course racing classes as well as Pro Freestyle and Amateur Freestyle. IJSBA National Championships were decided in 12 Novice classes during the first three days of the event.
In Pro Ski, Japan's Masaharu Takanoshita won the Silver Medal with 2-13-2 moto finishes on a Kawasaki while France's Nicolas Rius won the Bronze Medal with 1-10-5 moto finishes.
In Pro Freestyle, second was Brazil's Alessander Lenzi, the 2001 IJSBA Pro Freestyle World Champion, with a 48.7 score on a Yamaha while Japan's Masao Fujisawa, last year's world champion, was third with a 48.7 score on a Yamaha.
Dustin Farthing, Port Lucie, Fla., was second in Pro Runabout 1200 on a Kawasaki while Rius, who trains in Lake Havasu City, picked up his second bronze of the event with 3-4-3 moto finishes.
Molee won his Pro-Am Runabout 800 title with 1-2 finishes in a pair of six-lap motos. The Pro-Am classes used the traditional two-moto format.
In addition to the gold, Thailand also got the silver in Pro-Am Runabout 800SS from Phanom Khunjeng, who had 3-3 finishes on a Sea-Doo with third going to Eric Lagopoulos, Longboat Key, Fla., last year's champion, who had 5-4 finishes on a Sea-Doo.
Barr earned her second straight Pro-Am Women Ski title with consistent 3-2 finishes in her six-lap motos. Second was Leanne Falvey, Seabrook Beach, N.H., with 4-3 finishes on a Kawasaki while third on another Kawasaki was France's Audrey Dujardin.
Green won her first crown in Women Runabout by winning both of her six-lap motos. Second was Jenelle Terwillger, Stockton, CA, with 2-3 finishes on a Sea-Doo while third went to Stephanie Malocca, Hesperia, CA, with her 4-2 finishes on a Sea-Doo.
The Dos Equis Desert XX, which drew a total crowd of over 60,000 during it's eight-day run, featured the world's largest and most prestigious PWC race in a sports and lifestyle festival that also included demos by action sport stars from BMX and Skateboarding on half-pipe, a Freestyle Motocross air show, a Mini-Moto Grand Prix, live concerts, and the colorful Performance Alley.
The 2004 Dos Equis Desert XX, featuring the 23rd IJSBA Dos Equis World Finals, will be televised as three one-hour segments on Fusion TV, airing on Fox Sports Net from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesdays (Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17). The shows will re-air on FUEL TV (dates TBA) and in 90 countries worldwide via international syndication.
Title Sponsor of the Dos Equis Desert XX and JSBA Dos Equis World Finals was Dos Equis.
Co-sponsors of this year's Dos Equis Desert XX and IJSBA Dos Equis World Finals were Accutron (Bulova), Kawasaki and Sea-Doo. Associate sponsors are: Fly Racing, Skat-Trak, Jet Pilot, Nintendo, Atlas Insurance, Rockstar and Arizona Road Runner.
IMG Action Sports handled sales, marketing and produced this year's massive, internationally televised event with a small army of nearly 300 staff and volunteers.
Based in Los Angeles, IMG Action Sports is a division of IMG, the world's largest company dedicated to the marketing of sport, leisure and lifestyle. The division produces more than 25 events per year. For information regarding IMG: www.imgworld.com.
The IJSBA, headquartered in Costa Mesa, CA, is the worldwide sanctioning body for personal watercraft racing, with affiliated associations, organizations and members in over 50 countries across the globe. For more information, contact the IJSBA at 714.751.8695 or visit www.ijsba.com.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ -– Top finishers from Sunday's (October 10) Pro and Pro-Am finals at the 23rd International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) Dos Equis World Finals. With Class, Position, Name, Hometown, Manufacturer (top time).
Pro Ski (seven laps per moto) – 1. Steven Dauliach, France, Kawasaki (3-1-1); 2. Masaharu Takanoshita, Hiroshima, Japan, Kawasaki (2-13-2); 3. Nicolas Rius, Marseille, France, Yamaha (1-10-5); 4. Vincent Villat, Marmanne, France, Kawasaki (7-3-7); 5. Victor Sheldon, Vista, CA, Polaris (17-2-3); 6. Kenneth Reeves, Kennewick, Wash., Yamaha (12-4-8); 7. Sean Workman, Escondido, CA, Kawasaki (6-6-13); 8. Jir-Marie Garcia, Narbonne, France, Kawasaki (8-8-9); 9. Christopher Barretto, Tamuning, Guam, Kawasaki (13-11-4); 10. Lorenzo Zamprogna, Porto Alegre, Brazil, Kawasaki (DNR-5-10)
Pro Freestyle (Score, maximum 50 points) – 1. Eric Malone, Duncansville, Pa., Polaris, 49.5; 2. Alessander Lenzi, Picarras, Brazil, Yamaha, 48.7; 3. Masao Fujisawa, Nara, Japan, Yamaha, 47.9; 4. Rok Florjanic, Maribor, Slovenia, Yamaha, 47.8; 5. Joao Neto, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Yamaha, 47.0; 6. Josh Lustic, Melbourne, Fla., Kawasaki, 47.0; 7. Fumikazu Watanabe, Hiroshima, Japan, Yamaha, 46.7; 8. Douglas Carvalho, Belgrade, Serbia, Yamaha, 46.2; 9. Masahiro Kamesaki, Osaka, Japan, Yamaha, 45.9; 10. Jason Stoyer, Hollywood, Fla., Yamaha, 45.1.
Pro Runabout 1200 ( nine laps per moto) – 1. Chris MacClugage, Baldwin Park, CA, Kawasaki (1-1-2); 2. Dustin Farthing, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Kawasaki (2-2-4); 3. Nicolas Rius, Marseille, France, Yamaha (3-4-3); 4. Francky Zapata, LeRove, France, Kawasaki (5-5-1); 5. Kane Cahill, Auckland, New Zealand, Yamaha (7-6-6); 6. Kenneth Ritchie, Fullerton, CA, Sea-Doo (10-3-8); 7. Minoru Kanamori, Irvine, CA, Kawasaki (6-7-7); 8. Chokuthit Molee, Pattaya, Thailand, Sea-Doo (8-8-5); 9. Chris Heinrich, Buena Park, CA, Sea-Doo (9-17-9); 10. Timothy Miller, Waco, Tex., Yamaha (11-12-11).
Pro-Am Runabout 800 SS (six laps per moto) – 1. Chokuthit Molee, Pattaya, Thailand, Sea-Doo (1-2); 2. Phanom Khunjeng, Pattaya, Thailand, Sea-Doo (3-3); 3. Eric Lagopoulos, Longboat Key, Fla., Sea-Doo (5-4); 4. Saroj Pimnil, Pattaya, Thailand, Sea-Doo (2-8); 5. Chris Henrich, Buena Park, CA, Sea-Doo (4-10).
Pro-Am Women Ski (six laps per moto) – 1. Janelle Barr, Renton, Wash., Kawasaki (3-2); 2. Leeanne Falvey, Seabrook Beach, N. H., Kawasaki (4-3); 3. Audrey Dujardin, Aix les Orchien, France, Kawasaki (2-5); 4. Niky Goudreau, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Kawasaki (7-1); 5. Kelly Kantola, Henderson, CO, Kawasaki (5-6).
Women Runabout (six laps per moto) – 1. Amy Green, Escondido, CA, Yamaha (1-1); 2. Jenelle Terwilliger, Stockton, CA, Sea-Doo (2-3); 3. Stephanie Malocca, Hesperia, CA, Sea-Doo (4-2); 4. Nelly Slegelmiha, Riga, Latvia, Sea-Doo (3-4); 5. Jennifer Jeter, Dallas, Tex., Yamaha (7-6).
Amateur 14-15 Ski Ltd (five laps per moto) – 1. David Redinger, Yakima, Wash, Kawasaki (1-1); 2. Jesse Thompson, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Kawasaki (2-4); 3. Mitchell MacClugage, Naples, Fla., Kawasaki (6-2); 4. Joshua Irwin, Melrose, Fla., Kawasaki (5-5); 5. Eric Hewitt, Placerville, CA, Kawasaki (4-6).
Amateur 14-15 Ski Stk (five laps per moto) – 1. Mitchell MacClugage, Naples, Fla., Kawasaki (1-2); 2. Edouard Menguy, France, Yamaha (4-1); 3. DJ Masters, Yakima, Wash., Kawasaki (3-5); 4. Eric Hewitt, Placerville, CA, Kawasaki (6-4); 5. Kevin Curran, Madison Township, Pa., Kawasaki (8-6).
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