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Date: Mon 29 Jan 2018

Mattéo Calvet Q&A

We caught up with JX3 Lites Ski Amateur third place finisher Mattéo Calvet following his impressive 2017 season.

How and when did you first start to ride a jet ski?

My dad bought his first jet ski in 1999, I was just a one year old. A motorsport enthusiast, my dad always encouraged me to ride. At the beginning he was with me on the jet ski, then I started to ride myself at the age of 11 on a Yamaha Blaster 1 and I was immediately hooked.

Then, at the age of 14, I moved to a Kawasaki 750 SXI Pro jet ski and the desire to compete arrived very quickly! A year later, we changed the SXI to a SXR 800 and I participated in my first competition.

Mattéo finished third overall in the 2017 Ski Am class

Mattéo finished third overall in the 2017 Ski Am class

What do you like about the Jetcross Series and what do you make of the competition?

First and foremost I like the organisation of the Jetcross Series! It's serious and professional whilst also friendly. The competition is really high! I think that winning in the Jetcross Series is a dream for many racers.

What were your expectations in the run-up to the 2017 season?

My goal for the season was to make at least the podium every weekend. I dreamt about it for too long!

How did you find Estavayer-le-Lac, Vichy, and So'Fun Village?

Estavayer is a race that I appreciate enormously. Conditions are similar to the sea with nice waves at the bottom of the circuit, and even though I'm not used to those conditions, I love it!

Vichy was one of the hardest I've ever attended. Whether physically or technically, the conditions are tough even when racing in a straight line as there are always risks of falling. But hey, I think that's the charm of racing there.

So'Fun Village was the finale and it was fantastic! It was a shame the weather was a bit temperamental because otherwise it would have been perfect from the beginning to the end. I love the circuit, it's very technical and very fast.

What do you remember best from the 2017 season?

A third place in my class in the Jetcross Series and a fourth place in Italy at the UIM World Championship. It was a wonderful season in 2017!

What are you doing this winter to improve for next season?

My biggest weakness this season was my fitness, so I know what I have to do this winter!

What are your goals for the 2018 season? In which team and on what machine are you going to race?

My goal for the 2018 season is, of course, to do better than last season. A champion or runner-up place in the various classes would be extraordinary! But the level of competition on the Jetcross Tour is very high and I'm going to have to prepare my machine and my body for the new season this winter.

Do you take part in any other mechanical sports other than the jet ski racing?

Yes, I started Motocross at the age of three and now I'm also doing Enduro.

Who are the people and sponsors that you would like to thank?

Above all I would like to thank my parents and my sister who are the first people to support me but also my biggest sponsor! I would also like to thank my girlfriend, my friends and the people who support me.

But also all of my sponsors: DCPiscine, Berthelet travel, Vincent Gabillet Courtage, 3D thermal, Kennol Performance Oil, Frenchkick, Studio Graphix.

Where do you practice?

I'm training on the Rhone to the Blue Valley in the North-Isère. It's a beautiful spot to practice. There are a dozen of us that train on Sundays. I recommend it to all racers in the area!

What type of circuit you feel the most comfortable? Sea, surfing, plan of water agitated, quiet lake?

I feel more comfortable in calm water conditions because that's closest to my training conditions. But I love the waves and I take just as much pleasure out of those conditions, even if I'm not at my best.