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Mercedes Benz World, England played hosts on Saturday night as the P1 community celebrated a fantastic year of racing at the P1 UK Annual Awards Dinner. More than 100 racers, supporters, sponsors, venue partners and suppliers were in attendance to see the 2017 P1 Jetcross champions crowned after a competitive year of racing.
It was a monumental year of racing across the Jetcross tour as racers competed in the US, Switzerland and France where they talked an array of weather and water conditions with the aim of standing aloft the points table when the dust had settled.
There was no-disputing the eventual winner, Valentin Dardillat led from the opening weekend when he won all three races in Daytona Beach before going two from three in Estavayer-le-Lac 10 weeks later.
He remained on top in Vichy as he claimed his second weekend win of the series before securing the title in So’Fun Village.
Following Dardillat on the podium is Steven Loiodice who was brilliantly consistent through the year as he finished inside the top four in seven of the 12 races and finished the season on a superb high by winning the final race.
Completing the top three is Yoann Tollemer who was challenging for a podium spot at every stage of the competition and secured his spot with a weekend win in So’Fun Village in the final round of the series.
Julien Bastien, Head of AquaX and Jetcross Europe, reviewed the 2017 season by saying; "We had a tremendous battle between Valentin Dardillat and Brice Lopez who was back on the track after three years away. Jimmy Wilson was also very competitive but a course error in Moto 1 and tech issue in Moto 2 made it difficult for him to reach the top of the standings.
"Then, we went to Europe for the Swiss Jetcross Grand Prix in Estavayer-le-Lac on Lake of Neuchatel. There was a good turn out of the riders and very impressive battles in Pro Ski with an incredible victory for Jeremy Poret despite his crash in Moto 1. Jeremy was on top followed by Valentin Dardillat with great consistency and Morgan Poret riding his OHC with Yamaha engine.
"It was a special moment going back to France, where Jetcross was born, after a two years being banned in the country. Vichy is one of the best jet ski spots in the world, but also one of the toughest. It was a technical course and Valentin Dardillat took the win on a new 4-stroke 1500cc machine whilst there was also an incredible fight between Jeremy Poret and Quinten Bossche.
"So'Fun Village was the location for the final round of this unbelievable season. It was a perfect mix with all kinds of conditions with surf waves, big-lake waves like the Mediterranean sea, river and flat water conditions. So'Fun is an incredible place, the best facility in Europe, 100 per cent dedicated for jet ski. With huge firecrackers on Saturday night, it was Yoann Tollemer that became the final Pro Ski weekend winner of the season.
"Tollemer’s teammate, Valentin Dardillat, took the overall win to become the first P1 Jetcross Pro World Champion. Steven Loiodice did the job and finishing second following by Yoann Tollemer in the championship rankings.
"It was a fantastic year of racing, with a lot of new riders, and all the best athletes in the business came back to the Jetcross which, for the top riders, is the pinnacle title to get in this discipline. I can't wait for the upcoming season."