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It was a stunning start to life on the Jetcross World Tour as the beautiful Daytona Beach played host to Jetcross racing for the very first time and it was Dardillat, from Dardillat 8 Racing, who took the win in comprehensive fashion picking up three victories from three to take a resounding lead in the championship standings.
The choppy conditions made for a real spectacle as the 12 strong field of racers from both France and the United States battled both each other and the conditions over the course of the weekend.
Two metre waves and ever changing wind conditions ensured it would be a true test of skill and stamina and it was the young Frenchman Dardillat, powered by his Kawasaki 1100cc engine, who proved a cut above the rest with three breathtaking victories in the 'moto surf'.
His battle with Brice Lopez and Jimmy Wilson in the opening race of the weekend proved vital as he got on top of his fellow countryman in the closing stages and never looked back.
Wilson faced mechanical issues in Moto two and was forced to retire leaving the door open for Lopez to secure second place for the weekend.
Steven Loiodice rounded off an all French podium with strong performances in the final two races of the weekend giving him the edge over Antony Torelli by 10 points.
"It's just a dream to be here! Racing in the surf is the pinnacle of jet ski racing and winning the first round of the Jetcross Pro World Tour means a lot to me," said Dardillat after his victory.
It's easy to say that Valentin Dardillat will be a serious contender for the Jetcross Pro World Tour title this year.