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Eighty riders from eight countries headed to Switzerland last weekend (18-19 August) for the fourth round of the P1 Jetcross race series, where the charming village of Le Bouveret on Lake Geneva hosted the two-day event.
This year’s Pro Tour - comprising five rounds in three different countries - has been extremely competitive, producing a different winner at each round. Jeremy Poret started the weekend leading the field but reigning champion Valentin Dardillat’s victory in the previous round in Vichy had narrowed the gap in the championship standings to 24 points, with Morgan Poret and Steven Loiodice still in contention for the title. After two consecutive podiums in Pro Ski and racing on home waters, 18-year-old Swiss rider Alec Enderli was looking to continue his successful run.
The opening day of racing, on a technical, right-handed track complete with two consecutive log jumps, saw plenty of action against the backdrop of the Alps. Jeremy Poret set the fastest time in qualifying but Valentin Dardillat’s day began badly when he crashed out on the first lap of qualifying breaking two ribs. When the 12-lap race began it was Jeremy Poret’s Bullet that was quickest away, followed by brother Mickael, and that’s the way it finished.
In the opening race on Sunday, Jeremy Poret holeshotted but this time brother Mickael passed him on the sixth lap and retained the lead to give him his first win of the season. A delighted Mickael said: “Obviously I’m very happy as it’s been a long time since I raced like that. Yesterday I was fast but couldn’t pass Jeremy. Yes, it’s been a long time coming so I feel that I really deserve this victory.” Loiodice improved on his performance the previous day to finish third, with Alec Enderli claiming fourth place to please the local fans.
"I feel confident, my knee is getting better and better every day and my Bullett V3 is just amazing. Can't wait to be at So'Fun for the final” Jeremy Poret - official Bullett Racing and Experience Kissimmee rider.
Jeremy Poret was back to winning ways in the next race to enhance his championship hopes. It was very nearly a 1-2-3 for the Poret brothers across the weekend but Alec Enderli grabbed third place, which has taken him up to fifth in the championship standings.
The most disappointed rider in Le Bouveret was Valentin Dardillat who was injured on Saturday and has slipped down to fourth in the standings. Steven Loiodice is now in third place in the championship table behind Morgan Poret. Having not raced in Belgium, Mickael Poret is sixth.
Raphael Maurin had a hugely eventful weekend. An impressive ride on the second Moto saw him pass Jeremy Poret to take second place behind Mickael Poret but he then crashed out of the race on Sunday during Moto 3 sustaining facial injuries and, to add insult to injury, he was then disqualified for a technical infringement.
The final round of the Tour over the weekend of 15-16 September will again take place just outside Paris at the superb jet ski racing facility of So’Fun Village , and with 180 points to be won the title race is still wide open.