Sea-Doo has high hopes its new RXT-X 260 (read my review here) will begin to challenge Kawasaki for endurance-race supremacy, and as such the company is offering a little more incentive for racers to compete aboard the company’s products.

Yesterday BRP announced that the company has once again expanded its grassroots “Sea-Doo X-Team Bounty” racer contingency program for 2010, which will now offer support for top finishers in offshore and endurance events. BRP also announced the addition of Novice class championship payouts to the existing Expert and Pro closed-course program.

For those not familiar with the Bounty program, it rewards racers with additional cash payouts should they take a top-two finish aboard a Sea-Doo watercraft at both American PowerBoat Association (APBA) and International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) sanctioned closed-course races in both the United States and Canada. Examples of the kind of cash racers can earn include $200 for a Pro-Am Runabout Stock win and $260 for a Pro-Am Runabout OPEN win at regional races, $400-500 for those same wins at APBA National Tour and Watercross Nationals, and as much as $2,600 for a Pro Runabout Open win at the World Finals. Even Novice wins are worth $100 at the major events.

Endurance racers can now pocket an additional $400 (1st) or $200 (2nd) at races like the Hot Products Mark Hahn Memorial 300, Long Beach-2-Catalina, and H2-X Ironman, and $100-260 at a pair of Dana Point races.

Racers aren’t the only ones getting some cash. A promoter support program will also assist select race event promoters by providing additional sponsorship funds to produce higher quality, safer events and further promote the sport.

As usual, the Bounty gets increased come the IJSBA World Finals, where top money winners are also invited to compete in Sea-Doo’s Bounty Challenge, an invitation-only, winner-take-all competition.

For more information on the Sea-Doo X-Team Bounty, check out