Maki Wins Watercross World Championship

Photo: Maki Racing

From Maki Racing:

Inver Grove Heights, MN: July 20-22, the IWA travelled to Grantsburg, Wisconsin for the 36th Annual World Championship Watercross. The warm weather and sunny skies brought in thousands of fan to watch the fastest riders on water battle it out for the coveted World Champion title. Chad headed into Grantsburg leading the Pro Open points battle and in 2nd place in Pro Stock.

On Saturday, Chad looked great as he finished in first in all of his heats. Despite some tough heats against very fast competitors, the 413 was able to find its way to the front each of the seven times it pulled to the line during the qualifiers.

Sunday brought the top twelve in each class to the line, making for some incredibly close racing. In his Pro Stock quarter final, Chad lined up against Dale Lindbeck, who is currently leading the Pro Stock points. Chad drew the outside line, allowing Dale to pull the early lead. For four laps, Chad followed Dale closely, however not he last lap, Chad tried to pass Dale for the lead. The two sleds dragged to the finish line in a battle to close for most specters to call. Unfortunately, Chad was given second place, which lead to Dale having lane 1 for the final. Off the light, Chad stayed close to Dale, and followed him for most of the race. This time, Chad was able to make the pass stick in the last corner. The 413 Ski-doo crossed the line first, earning Chad the Pro Stock World Champion title. 2012 marks the 5th year in a row that Chad has won the Pro Stock final, earning him the longer streak in the history of the sport.

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In Pro Open, Chad continued his winning ways. On Saturday, the Ski-doo rocketed off the line and carved smoothly around the corners. Chad tied as the top qualifier, goign undefeated on Saturday. With adrenaline and nerves throughout the pits, Chad was able to win both his quarter and semi-finals. His undefeated record qualified him for lane one in the biggest race of the year. In the final line-up, there were four past world champions: Chad, Andy Busse, Joey Strub, and Dale Lindbeck. The field took off, with Chad leading them around the dog-leg and down to turn one. Chad was able to build enough of a lead that he stayed in first even after taking the equalizer buoy. The 413 looked smooth despite the rough water and Chad was able to cruise to his second world championship title.

Chad has now won 5 of the 6 pro finals this season and is leading points in Pro Open. He is in a close second place in Pro Stock. The next stop for the IWA is in Ely, MN on August 11th and 12th.

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