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2021 IJSBA World Finals

2021 IJSBA World Finals 550 Vintage Class

By Krisdy Riddle

And just like that, the jet ski racing season is over. The 2021 IJSBA World Finals concluded the championship on Sunday at Crazy Horse Campground in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The vintage motos were nothing short of suspenseful and exhilarating; with 18 racers in vintage 550, it was the second largest class of the weekend next to vintage X2.

IJSBA World Finals 550 Vintage Results

Place

Racer Name

Racer Number

Moto 1

Moto 2

Overall Points

1

Dan Fitzgerald

118

2

1

3

2

Coy Curtis

155

1

2

3

3

Wyland Reden

1

4

3

7

4

Andrew Cecere

476

3

4

7

5

Blake Cass

62

5

5

10

6

Peyton Hill

48

7

7

14

7

Bryson Olson

27

10

6

16

8

Michael Demauro

18

6

10

16

9

Dylan Ulrich

954

9

9

18

10

Jason Rivera

621

11

8

19

11

Rachel Cummings

95

11

11

22

12

Scott Hyke

147

12

12

24

13

Michael Prodanovich

SRB2

8

17

25

14

Brandt Teske

939

13

13

26

15

Tim Baum

10

14

14

28

16

Tim English

77

15

15

30

17

Ron Kerkes

220

18

16

34

18

Todd Bartel

325

16

18

34

IJSBA World Finals 550 Vintage Results

Place

Racer Name

1

Dan Fitzgerald #118

2

Coy Curtis #155

3

Wyland Reden #1

4

Andrew Cecere #476

5

Blake Cass #62

6

Peyton Hill #48

7

Bryson Olson #27

8

Michael Demauro #18

9

Dylan Ulrich #954

10

Jason Rivera #621

11

Rachel Cummings #95

12

Scott Hyke #147

13

Michael Prodanovich #SRB2

14

Brandt Teske #939

15

Tim Baum #10

16

Tim English #77

17

Ron Kerkes #220

18

Todd Bartel #325

Vintage 550 Moto 1

The start of moto 1 was an eye-catching sight with many recognizable faces fighting for the holeshot. Dan Fitzgerald (#118), Bryson Olson (#27), and Coy Curtis (#155) battled alongside rounding the first buoy with Olson attaining a lead clasping the inside line. Rounding the split on the first lap and a half, Curtis swept through the outside corner passing Olson. Curtis steadied his lead; followed by Olson, Fitzgerald, Andrew Cecere (#476), and Wyland Reden (#1). Coming up on the triple log jump Olson struggled over the first log jump where he steered off the track and missed the second log jump, opening up the path to Fitzgerald, Cecere, and Reden. The first moto ended with a 1st place clinch from Coy Curtis, followed by a 2nd place finish from Dan Fitzgerald, and 3rd place wrapped up by Andrew Cecere.

Vintage 550 Moto 2

Moto 2 kicked off with rough water conditions that lasted for the remainder of the race. An epic charge from Cecere propelled him towards the front of the pack, fighting close to Olson as they reached the first turn. Andrew nosed ahead by the second buoy where Bryson caught a wake and fell off his boat. Halfway through the split, Cecere lost some time whirling back to the green buoys he missed.

While former World Champion Wyland Reden and Peyton Hill (#48) flew alongside each other, Reden accelerated ahead catching Fitzgerald going into the front corner. With decades of racing experience up his sleeve, Fitzgerald managed to grab the inside line pushing Reden’s boat to a wide turn. Fitzgerald maintained a great lead for the entire race; Reden held on to 2nd until the final laps where Curtis made an incredible comeback, launching full throttle on the back straight, swooping past Reden on the outside.

Wyland Reden Podium

World Finals Podium

Dan Fitzgerald sustained the lead, gripping a 1st place finish and 1st place overall on the 550 podium. Coy Curtis clasped a close 2nd place, landing 2nd overall; Wyland Reden completed the podium with a 3rd place finish and 3rd overall.

Photo credits: Kenny Wong

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