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The 2017 Jetcross series was full of speed, drama and action and it was those that managed to continue racing throughout it all that took their rightful place on the final podium when the season came to an end in early September.
With highly competitive races in Daytona Beach, Estavayer-le-Lac and Vichy in the books it was still wide open at the top of the table with three points separating Tollemer, competing as part of Dardillat 8 Racing, and Antony Torelli in third and fourth.
Tollemer’s tally at the end of the first round in Daytona Beach was 102 points, enough for seventh, before going three points better in Estavayer-le-Lac for fifth. The 28-year-old entered Vichy third in the overall standings and he retained that spot courtesy of 93 points on French waters but he was aiming for more heading into the final round of the competition.
“To be honest, I had periods of doubt,” Tollemer explained.
“It was difficult for me during the early races. So, we worked on my machine a lot to find better settings and, step-by-step, I felt better on my ski.”
Round four saw the best stand-up riders take to the shores of So’Fun Village and it was a return to a happy hunting ground for the Cherbourg-native. The central racing venue is Tollemer’s favourite place to race and for no small reason as he lifted a trophy there eight years ago.
He repeated the feat in this year’s competition as he secured a first weekend win by crossing the line second in the opening race, fifth in race two and third in the weekend’s finale. The victory secured his place on the podium and held off pressure from Antony Torelli who was just three points behind before the Championship’s final round got underway.
“It was a very nice venue. I settle in So’Fun Village very quickly, maybe thanks to a past experience; I won my European title in 2009 at this same place.”
“The stakes for me when I arrived in So’Fun was to finish in third place - this was my target. We all know that the P1 Jetcross Tour races are very difficult, the best pilots participate in this championship. So, I'm very proud of this victory and of the job that my team has done.”
“I worked a lot before the race and my team gave me a lot of advice to make that possible. After my difficult beginning of season, I could not dream of better. I'm very happy to be on the podium and, furthermore, with my team mate [Valentin Dardillat].”