Del Rosario runner-up in King's Cup Open jetski
2004 Dec 20, Philippine Star
The country's ace jetski rider Paul del Rosario proved himself beyond doubt he's one of the best in Asia and in the world with his impressive feat in the World Watercross King's Cup Thailand Open 2004 at the Korat Airforce Base here.
His jetski boat was not actually fir for the small tight closed course track here but Del Rosario, a two-time RP national champion, pulled through the exciting finish to rule the final race and capture the overall runner-up trophy in the 13-man field of the premiere Professional 1200cc class that includes Australian champions Anthony Antees and James Masterton.
"My 2004 Yamaha GPR boat, which American turners Mark Dobson and David Harvey rushed to build and test for only two weeks, wasn't favorable for the track compared to the powerful Seadoo RXP and XPL of the Thais. It was one tough event and I'm proud to bring home the runner-up honors for the country," said Del Rosario, who's backed up by Petron Corporation, Manila Cordage Corp., Networx Jetsports, Stoked Inc. and D& Media Vision.
Del Rosario had just recovered from dengue fever and still experiencing asthma attacks when he came here together with RP-Networx team manager Dong Arcilla, mechanics Yannick Elnar, Edwin Copino, brother Robert Raymond del Rosario and dad Bobby del Rosario in this annual event held every December to honor the King of Thailand.
Still, he came up with an amazing performance on his Pro class debut that created quite an impression here. Japanese jetski magnate Ted Saito even said "the Philippines has the best Yamaha Runabout rider in Asia" while King's Cup race director Justine Lee described his performance as "Philippine Show of Force" and now considers the Philippines as a jetski power to reckon with in Asia.