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Date: Wed 15 Nov 2017

Poret: “I do not remember anything”

It was a drama-filled campaign for the 2016 champion, Jeremy Poret, who notched several race-wins alongside some unfortunate DNFs during this year’s Jetcross World Tour.

While 2017 didn’t bring a crown for the Frenchman it wasn’t short of action as his title campaign quickly turned into a battle against other riders, mechanical issues and personal health.

The 29-year-old’s illustrious history in racing includes Jetcross National France Champion Pro Ski titles in 2012 and 2013 before claiming the France National Champion Pro Ski a year later.

He also began a dominant run in the Jetcross Champion Pro Ski when he was back-to-back champion in 2015 and 2016 along with IJSBA World Champion winner both years and the top rider in the Kings Cup Champion Pro Ski in 2016.

His collection of trophies and titles are testament to the commitment and sacrifice Poret has had to make and the support he has had throughout his journey.

“I was a professional in jet ski from 2010 to 2015, the best years in jet skiing. When I chose to become an amateur again - working beside the jet ski - I changed my training and organised myself differently.

“The secret of my success, I owe it to the people who continued to follow me including my FREDO mechanics.”

The two-time reigning champion was aiming for more of the same in 2017 but it didn’t go to plan as his year was riddled with incident.

After missing the opening round of the tour in Daytona Beach, his first race in Estavayer-le-Lac couldn’t have started much worse as he crashed early.

“I had an accident at the start of the first run, I took a blow to the head. I managed to get back up to third in the race but I do not remember anything.

“My brain has erased this race, I was very afraid.”

After fighting his way back to fitness in time for the second race of the weekend, Poret and series-leader Valentin Dardillat engaged in a very entertaining battle for the race win.

While everyone on the water is a competitor, the Frenchman explained when the race has finished he has a huge amount of respect for Dardillat.

“I love getting out of the water and watching the audience happy with the battling on the water.

“I have so much fun on the water when the races are difficult and the opponents are good. Valentin is a great pilot, it's always a pleasure to fight on the water with him. He is a friend outside of racing.”

Racing alongside Jeremy on the Jetcross World Tour are his two brothers, Mickaël and Morgan, and the latter joined Poret on the podium in third after the racing in Estavayer came to an end.

While Jeremy has the titles to his name, he believes it is Morgan that is the most talented of the Poret trio.

“I have a lot of admiration for my brother Morgan because he is the last of the three brothers and it is not always easy for him.

“He is probably the most talented of us three but never had much luck. I was very happy to see him on the podium.”

While Dardillat and Morgan Poret were his rivals in Estavayer, there were no doubts that his fiercest battle next time out in Vichy was Quinten Bossche.

“I had a good fight with Quinten during Vichy in the first leg. Unfortunately, I tore an ankle ligament while doing it in race one.

“The doctor did not want me to race but I decided to start to score a few points. I managed the feat of finishing second in each of the other two heats. The doctors wondered how I was able to stand on the jet.

“When I got home, I had x-rays that confirmed a ligament rupture and I was immobilised for a month.”

Misfortune followed Poret to So’Fun Village but not before he notched great points tally in two of the three races over the weekend.

The dramatic season in 2017 has done nothing to deter the Frenchman as he aims to come back better and stronger next year.

“So’Fun was a really great race. After winning the first two I broke on the last while I was leading with an advantage of one or two turn. It's the risks of motorsport.”

“I want to win in 2018. We will work on my jets during the winter and I will train hard physically to be at my highest level for 2018.”