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All-new for 2003 is the two-person Yamaha WaveRunner® GP1300R®, the world's first musclecraft that exceeds the Federal EPA 2006 emission requirements, and has earned a California C.A.R.B. two-star rating for very low emissions.
The 165 horsepower, three-cylinder GP1300R is the most powerful production two-stroke, watercraft available today featuring the most technologically-advanced engine in its category that is cleaner, quieter and more fuel efficient than anything offered in an ultimate-performance package before.
The GP1300R is designed for people that want ultra-high-performance, world-class handling and unequalled reliability. Based on the hull and deck design of the multi-time IJSBA world champion GP1200R, the more powerful GP1300R has no equal.
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price...$8,899*
The GP1300R is powered by a high-performance, fuel-injected 165 horsepower, three-cylinder, 1296cc Yamaha marine engine.
The GP1300R 155mm Hyper-Flow jet pump with four-blade stainless steel impeller is designed to maximize water flow for high performance, while reducing sound. The GP1300R intake cavity and pump configuration provides excellent hook-up and smooth acceleration. Features include:
The all-new lightweight GP1300R Sheet Molded Compound (SMC) hull and deck is designed specifically for two-person riding and competition. The GP hull is reinforced at critical load bearing areas for durability and strength. Features include:
By employing proven technologies, Yamaha delivers significant reductions in emissions output and noise levels without compromising performance and reliability. These technologies include:
For added comfort and convenience, the GP1300R comes standard with the following features:
The Olympic torch's journey to the Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a familiar sight to many. However, during a stop in Orlando, Florida, the route took an unusual turn as it crossed over water with the help of a Sea-Doo Islandia sportboat. The boat, powered by a Mercury engine, carried the torch across a half-mile stretch of Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Six Sea-Doo watercraft accompanied the boat, towing a collection of pyrotechnic kites while a fireworks display lit up the sky above.
Bombardier, the parent company of Sea-Doo and Ski-Doo, will have a significant presence at the Winter Games. They will supply snow grooming vehicles to maintain the hills and half pipes, as well as 50 Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Bombardier ATVs.
Kawasaki will be presenting the national series and most of the events will be held along the California coast (Ventura, Oceanside, and Encinitas) for four consecutive weeks in May. However, the final two rounds will take place in Laughlin, NV to coincide with Formula One powerboat racing and the Laughlin River Days festival. The new Freeride category will replace Freestyle at the first six ocean events, with Pro Freestyle only appearing during the final two rounds of competition in Laughlin. While the total number of rounds remains at eight, there will only be four weekends of competition, with each day counting as a separate round. The Freeride champions will be crowned after Round 6, with the events of Rounds 7 and 8 determining the Pro Freestyle winner.
Executive Director Kirk Holland of the IJSBA explained that the surf-oriented sites create a spectacular and colorful venue for professional watercraft racers to showcase their talents. Holland compared personal watercraft racing to sports like supercross and snocross, stating that they offer exciting, high-flying action. The tour will be televised by The Speed Channel. Those interested in the 2002 Pro Watercross Tour can contact tour promoter FreeSpace Media Group or the International Jet Sports Boating Association for more information.
The 2002 Pro Watercraft Tour Schedule is as follows:
Round 1 & 2: May 3-4, San Buenaventura, Ventura, California (IJSBA Pro Ski/Pro Runabout 1200, FWA Pro Ski Freeride/Pro Runabout Freeride) Round 3 & 4: May 10-11, Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, California (IJSBA Pro Ski/Pro Runabout 1200, FWA Pro Ski Freeride/Pro Runabout Freeride) Round 5 & 6: May 17-18, Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, California (IJSBA Pro Ski/Pro Runabout 1200, FWA Pro Ski Freeride/Pro Runabout Freeride) Round 7 & 8: May 31-June 1, Laughlin Bridge, Laughlin, Nevada (IJSBA Pro Ski/Pro Runabout 1200/Pro Freestyle)
Victor Sheldon, a former Pro Ski champion, has found a new passion in motocross racing. On January 4th, Sheldon competed in the EA Sports Supercross Crossover Session, a celebrity event leading up to the Anaheim Supercross. He faced off against 24 extreme sports athletes on the Anaheim track, including snowboarder Aaron Vincent, skateboarder Salmon Agah, and wakeboarder Cobe Mikacich. Despite stiff competition from rapper/PWC racer/motocross racer Robbie Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, Sheldon emerged victorious and demonstrated his skills as a motocross racer. His victory speech over fourth-place Van Winkle is rumored to have included the statement "word to your mutha."
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