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Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017

Bossche: The new contender

We are heading into the final round of the P1 Jetcross series in September and you can now add another contender for the weekend win after Quinten Bossche made a stunning return.

Those that lined the shores of Vichy were treated to one of the greatest showdowns of 2017 Jetcross as Jeremy Poret battled the newest member to this year's series, Bossche.

The Belgian isn't an unfamiliar name to those that have followed the sport for a few years: he achieved third in the IJSBA World Finals Pro Ski & Champion IJSBA European Ski Am JX3 Lites in 2016.

Bossche had raced jet skis since his youth but took a four-year break to focus elsewhere before giving in to the pull and returning to race.

"I left jet ski racing from 2010 until 2014 to finish my studies and start working on my future," the 23-year-old explained.

"I just felt an emptiness in my life [whilst not racing] so bought myself a 2008 Yamaha SuperJet and started racing again."

His debut in the 2017 series came in Central France and it didn't take him long to make a mark on his debut in this year's competition - Bossche and Jeremy Poret ended each other's races in Moto 1 after they came together.

Poret made a blistering start but soon missed a buoy to hand Bossche the lead before the two came together as they fought for first place during the latter stage of the race. Poret was forced to retire with an ankle injury and Bossche also had to end his race early after breaking down one lap later.

“The race in Vichy was one of the nicest races of the year, I like the venue and especially the rough water.

“I had a decent start in Moto 1 and battled my way up to first place after a tumble from Jeremy [Poret] until a cooling hose blew on my ski. It meant a DNF for me which was obviously a bummer as I was feeling really strong and had a nice gap on second place.”

The cooling hose issue was resolved in time for Bossche to take his place on the starting line for Moto 2 and it couldn’t have gone better as he went on to win the two remaining races.

“My start was not so good in Moto 2 as I came out sixth but I battled my way up quickly and finished the first lap in third before battling my way up to second place behind Jeremy. I planned my attack and managed to open a comfortable gap to cross the checkers in first.

“I had a really great start in Moto 3 and came out third before overtaking Yoann Tollemer for second and then started chasing Jeremy for first. I managed to make a spectacular pass on him coming out of the alternate course.”

His two race wins lifted him to a third place overall and a spot on the podium at the end of the weekend. Bossche is ready to build on his impressive showing in Vichy when he takes to the water in So’Fun Village, France.

“It felt really good to be back. As always, Jetcross events are really fair and professional.

“I am planning on coming to the last race in So’Fun. In Vichy my Kommander Industries K1R was not ready yet so I raced my training ski but it is now getting its final steps towards being completed.”