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    Future of RACING - Proposal by Yves Van Heers

    Proposal for the Future

    About the G.P. Classes:


    We run the Ski G.P. Class and R/A G.P. Class at the European Championship in 2006 and it was successful for a first year, bur I still think that we will need a few years more to have the full power from this new classes.
    And of course we need to have the other parts of the world following this.

    I sincerely feel that our sport need’s to be more spectacular, of course not only for the people that love this sport, but for the people that see some pictures on TV or are spectators at races.

    In every mechanical sport there is always a “King’s Class” like the Formula one in car racing or Moto GP in motorcycle racing.

    These are the “Dream Classes” that attract the crowds, Medias and sponsors. Rookies are dreaming to be in these classes one day.

    They don’t exist in our sport and that why we have been turning round in a circle for years.

    The Possible Solution:

    We create a “Prototype category or G.P.” only for the best riders in the world, for factory teams and the genius tuners that we have already.
    This category must stimulate the technological knowledge and also the riders that begin in the sport.

    I think that when a young riders start in his first car race, he is dreaming to be Schumacher, driving for Ferrari.

    This category must be with a lot of freedom in the rules that will give a free way for the tuners:

    Maximum Capacity, minimum weight and maximum dimension and a maximum of freedom!

    This year we allowed to put any kind of P.W.C. engine in any kind of hull, even if the basic engine was not from the same brand as the hull.
    Of course the hull must stay in the allowed dimension of there own Division, following the I.J.S.B.A. rule book

    The problems that I See to day:

    At the World Finals I see “Novices” competing with the same “Super stocks” as the “Pro” and this is not normal, this “Novices” gat maybe 100 HP to match, and the “Pro can use 100HP more (If they have the right hull)
    One of the other problems with that is that today, the “super stocks” engines is too powerful to be in a Stock Hull.

    You can try to put a “Top Fuel” dragster engine in a stock Ford Taurus; it will be very dangerous to drive around the corners.

    Of course, for the homologation in this class we would require only one units to be produced, Ferrari doesn’t produce 200 units of his Formula 1 car every year!

    I know that a lot of people will not agree with my vision of the future, but this is maybe the only solution to break the circle.

    We try this at the European Championship 2006 and it works!
    No one accident in 30 races! (we race at 5 events with 3 motos at every event in two G.P. classes, total 30 races)
    The specialized press was very enthusiast and we did more as 85 hours of television
    Different Team and Riders from Europe are now working on G.P. boats for
    2007
    In fact, we want to stop the hypocrisy, make legal, what already exist in the past years: illegal hulls!
    There is no way to check deeply the legality of a hull just after a race, the only way is to buy a boat or ski from each homologated model, anonymous by a dealer, strip him down to a empty hull and take is weight.
    After the race we must strip the ski or the boats of the top riders and compare the weight of the hull with the weight from the OEM boat or ski.
    You can imagine that such work is not realistic after a race!

    It is not more expensive as Super Stock.
    I remember very well that when it was allowed to use “Modified” ski’s in the years that I was the tuner from Rius, a OEM crankshaft must be changed every two races, I ask a specialized factory to build a crankshaft with my own specifications (stroke and rod length) of course this crank was more expensive a the OEM one, but we did more as 30 races the year with the same crankshaft and we use the same crankshaft one year more on the back-up ski.
    Same thing for pistons and barrels and other parts.

    About the World Championship:

    There is no reason any more to keep the World Championship only in the USA, years a go maybe yes, but now we have better quality in organization, riders and media outside the states.
    It is not fair that non-Americans as to spend $15,000$ to travel to the states every year!
    We must have a kind of “World Series” al over the world, only for the G.P. classes and Freestyle, just like in Formula 1 or Moto G.P, and then we will attract the big sponsors and make our sport growing and Top Riders will make money!


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    In fact, we want to stop the hypocrisy, make legal, what already exist in the past years: illegal hulls!
    There is no way to check deeply the legality of a hull just after a race, the only way is to buy a boat or ski from each homologated model, anonymous by a dealer, strip him down to a empty hull and take is weight.
    After the race we must strip the ski or the boats of the top riders and compare the weight of the hull with the weight from the OEM boat or ski.
    You can imagine that such work is not realistic after a race!
    I'm with you on this. However, this is Kawi's tool for keeping boats such as RIUS out of races. They DO allow their own lightweight hulls. They don't want to lose this power control. Remember. The IJSBA was STARTED BY KAWASAKI, and is OWNED AND OPERATED BY KAWASAKI. Anything else you hear is a lie and a twist of the facts.

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    In every mechanical sport there is always a “King’s Class”

    And in that Kings Class are very few mechanical rules/specs/guidelines..
    Most of the mandates besides a total weight limit, are simply safety rules in an attempt to keep us all from killing ourselves..
    If everyone would use illegal hulls, then nobody has an advantage. If hull style is not a rule, then nobody can cheat..
    If you want to let the big dogs run to their full potential, than take the collars off their neck..Create an unlimited class that is just that,,, unlimited.. Just my opinion.....

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    Any word on the GP class. I have a vested interest.

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    The IJSBA has bigger problems than a DREAM CLASS... First they need to make enough money to payout the winners. (Who ever heard of a world Champ in any form of racing that DOES NOT get a check?)

    Second, if they had a class like this, the leadership over there couldn't get rules together in time for the season, let a lone the WF.


    Instead of trying to add classes they need to concentrate on taking care of what they have. And making sure they can get along with which ever venue that will allow this disorganized mess to compete in there city.

    The only thing FRAZIER AND CO. are doing is making a mockery of watercraft racing. Maybe someone should look at a different way of running the APBA(ijsba). The PBR ( Professional Bull Riders ) has grown and increased it's viewership and they have payouts. They also don't have to come out of pocket to get a race broadcast on TV.

    Someone needs to get off there fat as$ and get sponsorship for this sport and earn the money they recieve and the respect of the menbers.

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    ...and with that statement, you just politely asked more riders to walk away. Rules are EASY. They are already in place in Europe.

    Taking the politics out, IS NOT.

    If we were to blame Scott, then you might as well blame every person (good or bad) that has tried to do the right thing with the Ijsba.

    This time it truely is not the player, it's the game.

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    The man at the top takes the heat and is accountable to whom? If the game is not one that he can play...Maybe options should be explored to find some one who can.


    Payouts are not only fair but nessesary to make the sport viable. Please, I ask you. What form of racing in the pro class does not get payouts? What sanctioning body should make this happen? Why join the ABPA? What are there responsabilitys? We're going backwards...they use to payout! If not the ijsba who? ( is to promote the sport and keep it viable and healthy)

    And when it comes to the dream class... they don't have the time to run the classes they already have.

    I don't have all the answers, but, If i ran my business this way... something would have to change.

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    The problem is how to make it exciting to watch. No fans, no money. Personally I like to go to races to see something new and futuristic. The wrong rules will keep racers from racing, but it takes fans to get $. What will fans pay to see?? We need bigger courses but they aren't viewer friendly.

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    Offshore powerboats run on a huge course, not much veiwing,,,market has grown incredibly over last 10 years. There deffinately needs to be a "balls to the wall" class.

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