Damaged ski didn’t stop Dave

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A MAN from Netherfield stole the show in the AquaX jet ski Championship in Jersey last weekend.

Dave Huddleston rode his lesser fancied Kawasaki Ultra 250 jet ski to a brilliant third finish in the first race against superior machinery and limited the damage before coming home fourth overall in the second race, securing two wins in the amateur series in the process.

In the opening race, Huddleston took the fight to series leaders Russell Marmon and James Bushell, despite riding an inferior ski.

The three riders enjoyed an epic battle in the first race when there was a bigger swell on the sea, making for some spectacular action.

He crossed the line in third place in the first race and put in another great performance in the second, crossing the finish line in fourth place overall – still first in the amateur class.

The Netherfield man was delighted with his opening race performance, but faced problems towards the end when his ski was damaged and began to fall apart as he was riding.

“I got a really good start in moto one and went really hard racing Russell (Marmon) and James (Bushell),” Huddleston said.

“But then I had some problems with bits falling off my ski and my throttle breaking.

“However I still won the class and was third overall. I patched the ski up during the break between the two races and the flatter water in the second race helped me keep it in one piece to win Am 300 again and come fourth overall.”

Huddleston’s excellent performance in Jersey ensures he remains top of the Amateur 300 class, adding to his victory in the opening round of 2011 competition at Southampton to lead by 46 points over his nearest rival.

The next event in the five-round championship is in July at the Mount Batten Centre in Plymouth where Huddleston will hope to extend his lead with another strong performance.