Local jetskiier James Bushell has just made history by becoming the first man to be crowned a double world champion in successive years.
Bushell, from Tydd St Giles, successfully defended both the Pro Open and Pro-GP titles at the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) World Championships in Arizona, North America.
The 28 year-old drove his BRP and 158 Performance sponsored Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 to victory in both races reaching speeds of around 90mph.
The event saw the best racers from around the world come together to battle it out for the World Championship title and ‘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.
Bushell said: “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, Bushell added: “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.”
That 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.