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The second round of the 2018 Jetcross Pro Tour saw over one hundred riders from 7 countries take on the challenge posed by the beautiful Lacs de l’Eau d’Heure, in Belgium.
But, it was Schjetlein that came out on top – despite his own ski suffering a blown engine and hull damage at the start of the weekend, which led to him racing on his teammate’s underpowered JX2 ski.
Of his win, Schjetlein said: “It’s been a rollercoaster for me this weekend, I started out with a ski I don’t usually ride, and it took me three races to figure out how to ride it.”
Home favourite, Quinten Bossche looked set to win his home Grand Prix in style, but mechanical issues saw his Kommander GP1 powered by a Yamaha turbo engine race ski stuck on the start line. This gave Schjetlein a golden opportunity, passing Steven Loiodice for the lead of the last Moto of the weekend.
This triumph followed Saturday’s racing, which saw Bossche lead from start-to-finish in Moto 1, with Valentin Dardillat, riding the Kommander GP1 with a brand-new set-up equipped by a Rotax 1600cc naturally aspirated engine, finishing a solid second, while Bullett Racing and Experience Kissimmee rider, Jeremy Poret, rounded out the top three. Bossche then went on to take Moto 2 with ease, finishing over 20 seconds ahead of Alec Enderli in P2 and Schjetlein in P3.
Going into the next round of the Jetcross Pro Tour in Vichy, next month, Jeremy Poret still leads the Championship, the Frenchman taking fourth place, despite nursing a knee injury.
Julien Bastien, European Head of P1 Jetcross, said: “With so many riders from so many different countries involved, it was a great weekend full of exciting Jetcross action at Lacs de l’Eau d’Heure. “Now we look to Vichy, to see if Jeremy Poret can continue his lead at the top of the Championship.”
In the Veteran ski class, it was Frenchman Bruno De Vecchi, who took the overall victory, while the Amateur Ski class boasted the biggest line up of the weekend with 42 entries qualifying for the main event. Rookie racer, Wilfried Gurnot, of France was quick to take the lead, and despite pressure from the trailing pack he kept his cool to take his first win of the weekend. Belgian racer, Andrea Schena took second and third respectively by former pro racer Jonathan Le Biez from France.
In the Pro-Am Ski JX2, it was a domination of Alec Enderli, who grabbed all the motos following by a revelation of this weekend Tanguy Mezière from Team V Factory. At the third place, Laurent Tourlan did a great job to be on the last step on of the podium.
Phil Segers gave to Belgium the chance to be on the top spot with a well deserve victory in the Pro-Am Ski 4 stroke, following by Florian Fontan and Pierre Guilbert.
Racing alongside the male class and racing for separate points, the women’s class was won by France’s Jennifer Menard, who finished 4th overall against the men. Lou Dardillat came home in second with Flora Moron in third.
German racer, Philip Salobir was unstoppable in the Pro-Am Sport qualifying race putting himself on pole for Moto 1. He replicated that same dominance in Moto 1 to take the win ahead of Frenchmen Baptiste Czimer Yamaha EX riders Quentin Guilbert.
Don't forget the funniest class of the weekend with the Vintage X2 ! Riders came from UK, Belgium and France for sharing their passion for this old model of jet-ski. It was the organizer of this Vintage Cup Benoit Doppagne took the top of the podium.
For the P1 Jetcross EuroTour’s next stop will be in Vichy, France on 21-22 July 2018, one of the best and beautiful venue in the world for hosting a P1 Jetcross race down town the city !