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After two years hosting the Jetcross Cup, the Jetcross Tour returned with a bang as it made its first foray into American waters – Daytona Beach the first stop on a four-round trip to some of the best stand-up racing locations in the world.
Several French riders travelled across the Atlantic to take on their American counterparts in the ‘moto surf’ and it was Valentin Dardillat who emerged victorious after three hard fought races saw him unbeaten on 180 points. That didn’t tell the whole story though as James Wilson put up a strong fight on home turf but was let down by a DNF in moto two.
Brice Lopez took second on the podium as France took a top four clean sweep with Steven Loiodice and Antony Torelli also racking up consistent results across the weekend to finish third and fourth respectively.
The tour then headed to Europe for another visit to Estavayer-le-Lac, host of the Jetcross Cup in 2016. It also saw the return of 2016 champion Jeremy Poret, who wasted no time in taking it to his rivals with two victories over the weekend to claim the overall victory.
Dardillat wasn’t too far behind in second after recording one victory whilst Jeremy’s brother Morgan Poret rounded off a good weekend for the family in third. Loiodice continued his strong start to sit second in the championship after picking up 124 points in Switzerland.
Vichy was the next stop on the calendar but it was a Belgian making all the headlines as Quinten Bossche made his Jetcross Pro Tour debut and notched up two victories. Had it not been for a mechanical issue he could have taken a clean sweep. J.Poret suffered an ankle injury after colliding with Bossche in moto one allowing Dardillat to take advantage and secure his second weekend victory of the season and increase his lead at the top of the championship standings.
Mickael Poret took second place, three points clear of Bossche and Torelli closed the gap on those ahead of him in the table with a second fourth in three rounds.
The season came to a climax at the jet ski facility in So’Fun Village, where Dardillat knew he just had to finish the weekend to claim the title. He posted his worst result of the season but it still saw him finish on the podium in third and claimed the 2017 title ahead of Steven Loiodice who took victory in moto three to secure second in the standings.
Yoann Tollemer secured his first weekend victory of the season to ensure he took third in the championship as J.Poret and Bossche once again suffered issues. Torelli once again missed out on a podium but fourth was enough to secure fourth in the championship, 26 points clear of J.Poret.
In the amateur categories, Simon Raoulx was dominant in the JX2 Pro-Am Ski class to record a comprehensive title victory over Julien Bouilliau and Geoffrey Weiss. Alec Enderli took two titles in the JX3 – 4 Stroke Ski Pro-Am class and JX3 Lites Ski, and there were also two titles for Melody Lattes in the JX4 Pro-Am Sport and JX4 Pro-Am Sport Ladies classes.
Arnaud Furrer just held off Christophe Calmels in the JX1 Pro-Am Ski Veteran class whilst Baptiste Calmels took the JX3 Lites Ski Amateur Junior class and Lou Dardillat followed in her husband’s footsteps to take the JX3 Lites Ski Amateur Ladies class.
That helped Dardillat 8 Racing to claim the team title with a whopping 1632 total points ahead of AT Racing on 588 and FNB Spyjet on 561.
Keep your eyes peeled for the 2018 season schedule announcement for a year that promises to be even bigger and better!