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Date: Tue 05 Dec 2017

Traclet pleased with 2017 performance

It was a successful campaign for Mickael Traclet, the highest finishing Zapata rider, as he broke into the Jetcross top 10.

Traclet officially started racing in 2009 and went on to claim third in the Jetcross Tour Pro-Am Ski and the same position in the French National competition during 2014.

It wasn’t long before then that the 34-year-old first got on a jet ski courtesy of his brother but he was quickly hooked and hasn’t looked back since.

“I started on a jet ski in the 2000s thanks to my brother who bought his first jet ski and which allowed me to discover this discipline," said Traclet.

“From a leisure discovery, it quickly became a passion that has not left me to this day.”

Since registering his first Jetcross podium finish in 2014, he turned professional a year later and has been a regular on the Jetcross World Tour.

His journey through the ranks, while rewarding, was a difficult one in both physical and monetary terms.

“The transition was not easy because the level in the pro class was significantly higher and the machines are extremely powerful.

“I had to train again and again to compete and I also had my machine at Paratec [Frederic Parat] to thank for the help and the professionalism. I realised that my limited budget does not allow me to achieve the optimal performance of a JX1 jet ski.”

Since his triumphs in 2014, Traclet notched 14th in the French National Pro Ski a year later and followed that up with 11th in the same competition in 2016 along with 12th in the European Pro Ski.

An improvement on his impressive 2016 was the aim and he would have to do it from behind having missed out on racing in the series opening round in Daytona Beach.

“I wanted to finish in the top 10 given the power of my ski which is limited. My physical preparation allowed me to hold the season without further injury which represents a great victory for me.

“I was not able to go to Daytona for financial reasons but also material reasons because my ski was not ready in time.”

Sixth in the opening race of the Estavayer-le-Lac weekend kicked-off the Zapata-rider’s campaign off in style before going on to claim ninth overall across the enjoyable two days of racing.

Traclet took another sixth-placed race finish next time out in Vichy which helped him finish the weekend 12th despite failing to compete in the weekend’s first moto.

A top-10 finish was secured in the final round of the competition: a pair of ninth-placed finishes in So’Fun Village, including one in the final race, helped raise Traclet up to 10th in the overall standings.

“My best feelings remain at Estavayer; a stretch of unsettled water, an original circuit compared to the others which allowed fights and overtaking, a unique configuration that cannot be found at all venues.

“Estavayer was my best race memory. This was my favoured spot, it is dear to my heart and the Jetcross Tour is always so well organized there.

“Vichy went relatively well despite a difficult circuit and difficult water, the sixth place in the last race allowed me to regain a little more confidence.

“As for So'Fun Village, I stayed in the usual ranking, a race weekend where I was disappointed by my performances.”

Helping the Frenchman through the 2017 season has been racing team MXLab. His points tally, along with team-mate’s Marvin Martinez, saw the team end the season sixth in the team rankings.

Also helping Traclet ensure he could compete in as many races as possible this year is his race sponsor Motul and he praised the company for their invaluable help.

“Motul, my main sponsor, sends me the products necessary for the operation and maintenance of my ski throughout the season. It gives me great pride to represent them through the competitions in which I race in.

“The lubrication of the Motul oil is excellent and allows my engine to be efficient and healthy. It allows me to keep my motor in perfect condition for longer, reduces breakdowns and reduces my maintenance budget.”

Achieving his pre-season aspirations left Traclet joyous about his results and ready to work hard over the winter to improve further.

Next season is already on the mind and he is focused on another great series for his team, but was reluctant to describe everything that will be in place for 2018.

“It was a rather encouraging season because the level has further progressed and pulls me up which allows me to continue to improve my performance.

“The maintenance of the Pro Ski JX1 category with its current format is, for me, a great challenge and I thank Julien Bastien for having belief.

“This winter I will continue my physical training without faltering and work even harder to find funding to invest in a better ski.

“My aim for next year is to participate in the entire P1 Jetcross World Pro Tour Championship within the MXLab team and finish in the top 5. As for the machine, I can’t say anything at the moment as my current project is not completed.”