BRP’s James Bushell is crowned double world champion at the 2012 IJSBA World Finals over the weekend

BRP’s James Bushell is crowned double world champion at the 2012 IJSBA World Finals over the weekend

UK rider, James Bushell, from Tydd St. Giles in Peterborough, has made the podium again by defending his Pro Open and Pro-GP titles at the largest and most prestigious watercraft specific event in the racing calendar, the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) World Championships, held in Arizona, North America, on Saturday 6 October and Sunday 7 October.

The 28 year old personal watercraft racer, who drove his BRP and 158 Performance sponsored Sea-Doo RXP-X 260, is the first ever pro rider to win both titles two years running, making him a double world champion. His Sea-Doo RXPX-260 was fully modified for this fastest GP class, creating a ski with carbon hull to run at 510hp and go from 0-60 in 1.5 seconds, with a top speed of around 90mph.

The event saw the best racers from around the world come together to battle it out for the World Championship title but ‘Bushy’ as he is known on the circuit, dominated both races by holeshotting into the lead right from the start. The racing, which took place at Crazy Horse Campgrounds, Lake Havasu City in Arizona, drew in a crowd of 15,000 ski enthusiasts.

James also won this year’s Sea-Doo X-TEAM Bounty race. Every year BRP selects the top Sea-Doo watercraft racers to compete in a special invitational event at the World Finals. 10 racers are given the chance to ride the same Sea-Doo X-series watercraft with the aim of achieving the fastest lap. The top three advance to the Sunday final to post their fastest lap in front of the Pro day crowd. Even though Chris MacClugage was the top qualifier, James took the title on the day. Before the Sea-Doo racers took part, they all agreed the prize money of $1,000 would be donated to a young child suffering from cancer.

James Bushell comments: “Sea-Doo has engineered a pretty awesome boat for me again this year and I want to thank BRP, 158 Performance and my friends and family for all their support throughout the season. I’m pretty happy to be taking the trophy back to the UK again this year. I was glad I managed to holeshot into the lead right at the beginning so I could enjoy the 12 laps knowing I was going to take victory.”

When asked about his training and future racing goals, James said: “I don’t get out on the Sea-Doo that much as it’s too cold in the UK! But I keep fit by hitting the gym four times a week. I will keep defending my titles until I can’t anymore as I’m not getting any younger. I’m now setting my sights on the Jet Ski King’s Cup World Championship.”

The race will take place from 8-13 December 2012 in Pattaya, Thailand. Four top racers from each participating nation, including Thailand, will contest the World Cup Grand Prix event on December.

BRP has been a long-time supporter of watercraft racing and the IJSBA World Finals. This year BRP had the largest manufacturer presence in recent history at the competition and leads the watercraft industry in race specific support through the Sea-Doo X-TEAM Bounty racer contingency programme and the Sea-Doo X-TEAM Promoter support programme.


Notes to editor:
James Bushell is engineering director and joint owner of 158 Performance Ltd, a leading BRP Sea-Doo and Can-Am distributor in the UK, with a workshop and showroom at Tallington near Stamford, Lincs.

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