On July 29 and 30, more than thirty riders will participate in the XI Mexico Watercross Grand Prix 2017 (XI Gran Premio de Motos Acuáticas Campion de México 2017, in Spanish), which is taking place in Progreso’s rowing and canoeing canal. Additionally, besides the two-day competition, there will be many other attractions.
During this year’s edition, the visitor flow is expected to be of over five thousand, and it will feature a $50,000 pesos prize purse for the first three places of these categories: SR25, with 25 horsepower (HP); Challenger, with 125 HP; Pro, 185 HP; Max, 260 HP, and F-1 with more than 260 HP, distributed altogether in $6,000 MXN, $4,000 MXN, and $2,000 MXN pesos, respectively.
Charlie Andrade, organizer of the waverunner event, accompanied by Juan Sosa Puerto, head of the State Sport Institute (IDEY), and Iván Gómez Oaxaca, manager of the Campion de Mexico brand, stated that this is the most awaited event of this summer. Likewise, Andrade mentioned that this year was the first time the maximum participants quota was reached in the first day of the call.
According to Gómez Oaxaca, this event is an example of how watercross has gradually strengthened its position in the state due to more than a decade of joint efforts. Thus, this edition will count with 18 Yucatecan riders, among them, Jorge “El Tigre” Diaz, as well as 12 competitors from Campeche, Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Chetumal.
In addition, there will be exhibitions of high-speed F-1 and SR25 watercrafts. Teenagers between the ages of 14 to 16 will be able to use the latter, as the event not only seeks to create new talents, but also to promote watercross as a sport. Women also will participate in this competition, such as in the Circuit category. For instance, María del Mar Gutierrez Azar, from Campeche, will participate in the category known as “Challenger”; she has stood out for her agility and for being a pioneer in this sport.
The competition will be of two days, where 16 races will be held (8 each day), as well as flyboard shows. Additionally, the event will count with a zip-line and a climbing wall for children’s amusement.
Charlie Andrade mentioned that even when this event is of free-admission, each year it seeks to support a cause, so there will be an urn at the entrance to collect donations to benefit “Grupo Kerigma A.C.”, a caring program for children with brain injuries. Likewise, he added that on Sunday, July 30, the Governor of Yucatán, Rolando Zapata Bello, will be present in the event.
Juan Sosa Puerto, head of IDEY, congratulated and thanked the team for their persistence and effort, as this type of contest is practically new in the southeast. He also encouraged families to go, as it is open to the public and people of all ages are welcome.
SOURCE: La Revista Peninsular
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