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    Notes from Alabama

    The HydroTurf IJSBA-UWP National Watercross tour kicked off Saturday morning at the US Open of Watercross with the Pro-AM Runabout Open class and Monster Energy, Mountain Motorsports Yamaha rider Dustin Farthing rocketed out of the gate and checked out on the tight and technical course. Behind him however there was plenty of work to be done with Claude Clayton, aboard his Judge Motorsports Sea-Doo, feeling the heat right to the checkers as Eric Francis on his Kawasaki USA number 911 kept the pressure on to finish behind "CC Rider" in third.

    We moved from sit downs to stand ups with the Pro-AM Ski GP class taking center stage. Rockstar Energy, Bullet Racing rider Rob Flores took the hole shot and went wire to wire for the win in moto1. Rick Sherker had another poor start with his Jet Tribe, Bullet Racing, Fly boat but was able to patiently make several passes to land on the second step of the box. David Redinger continued to exhibit great consistency riding his Kommander Industries, Blowsion, Kawasaki to another third place finish.

    The Freestyle riders got to work next and the amateur group warmed the crowd up nicely with Daniel Martin continuing to impress the judges on his XScream, Hydro-Turf, Yamaha. In the pro class Jeremy Parr spent umpteen hours getting his new boat together and practice was the first opportunity to get any tray time on the boat. You could see him gaining confidence as his run progressed but he was no match for Jason "The Destroyer" Stoyer this weekend. Stoyer threw out huge back flips with massive extension on his XScream, BlueFox, Hydro-Turf powered ride. When we talked to Jason afterward he said, "I still have some tricks up my sleeve but I want to pace myself and not show all my cards yet." It is obvious he is planning wisely in his bid to win a national title this year.

    In the Pro-AM Runabout Stock class the wily veteran Stan Hightower grabbed a huge hole shot with his Extreme Propulsion Sea-Doo and never was threatened. Ermino Iantosca was able to keep pace on his Riva, Hydro-Turf, Sea-Doo but he was never able to close the gap enough to make a move on Hightower. Eric Francis' Kawasaki USA number 911 is doing double duty because he is running the same boat in both the stock and open class and he looked very solid bringing home a third in moto one.
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