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Dardillat made the perfect start to 2017 season with maximum points at the opening round of the tour as Daytona Beach played host to Jetcross racing for the very first time and it was Frenchman, 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 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 2 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.
The second round in Estavayer went the way of current IJSBA and Jetcross champion Jeremy Poret as the Frenchman secured victory despite crashing in the first heat.
Poret crashed on the first lap and eventually found himself in last place, but he produced a sensational comeback to pass the majority of the field and secure a third-place finish. It wasn’t the perfect start and Dardillat made the most of the misfortune to claim victory in the opener.
In the second heat, Poret managed to put his earlier mistake behind him to secure the full 60 points but was once again made to fight for his victory by the brilliance of Dardillat. The latter led the contest in what can only be described as an intense battle, but after making a move on his rival on the log jump, Poret successfully claimed the win by an impressive 16 seconds.
The final race and the overall weekend was also won by Poret as he showed why he is so highly rated as he passed Dardillat early on and stretched his lead with every inch of water covered.
Jeremy’s brother Morgan Poret landed third on the podium behind Dardillat but his finish was made so much more impressive by the fact that, like his sibling in the first race, he suffered an early misfortune. After a bad start, Morgan passed a number of his rivals to finish third.
A great rivalry entertained the crowd in round three as the tour embarked on Vichy but current leader Dardillat stayed safe to stand at the top of the podium.
Quinten Bossche made his return to Jetcross after a short spell away from the sport and he was at the heart of the action as he 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.
With the two front-runners bowing out, Dardillat fought his way up from fifth to pass Mickaël and Morgan Poret to take the Moto 1 win.
Both Bossche and Jeremy Poret returned on Sunday and were once again battling it out up front. Poret was first off the line in Moto 2 but had to settle for second as he couldn’t hold on from the constant pressure laid down by Bossche who crossed the line first. The top three was completed by a strong outing from Dardillat.
It was much of the same in Moto 3, the final race of the weekend in central France, as Bossche won the race after overtaking the quick-starting Poret with Dardillat holding off Antony Torelli and Mickaël Poret for his second third place finish of the day.
Bossche’s two race wins secured him 120 points, enough for a place on the podium at the end of the weekend, in third. A collection of third, fifth and sixth place finishes saw Mickaël Poret take second place overall with 123 points, while Dardillat’s persistence and consistency extended his lead at the top of the overall standings with his second weekend victory of the series.
Now, this weekend, the tour moves on to So’Fun Village were Dardillat will be aiming to clinch the title while Loiodice, Dardillat’s nearest competitor, who has been consistently around the podium places this year is set on making life difficult.