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After a season of fiercely fought battles the last day of the 2018 P1 Jetcross Pro Tour had finally arrived and the scene was set for a dramatic series finale and the crowning of a new champion.
After breaking two ribs during the qualifying session at the penultimate round in Le Bouveret last month, the reigning Pro Champion Valentin Dardillat had dropped to fourth place in the overall standings and was trailing the championship leader Jeremy Poret by over 100 points. A further win by Poret in moto 1 on Saturday extended his lead by a further 12 points. The only realistic chance Dardillat had of keeping his title would be for Poret to suffer a catastrophic engine failure preventing him from racing in the final two motos, which was very unlikely to happen to one of the most consistent finishers in the series. But that didn’t mean Dardillat wasn’t going down without a fight.
After a false start in moto 2 that saw Jeremy Poret handed a dead engine start by the Race Director, Dardillat was quick to capitalise on the leader's bad luck and was out of the gate and first away on his Kommander GP1. Belgium's Anthony Beernaut put in a very fast first lap aboard his Bullet V3 to move into second but within 2 laps Dardillat had already pulled a significant lead over the trailing field. Mickael and Morgan Poret battled for third, but it was Mickael who managed to edge out Morgan for position as they exited the technical split section. Quentin Bossche on a borrowed ski was slipped into fifth ahead of Jeremy Poret .
As the race continued Dardillat extended his lead over the field. Beernaut remained unchallenged in second, but the real battle was heating up between third and sixth place where the positions swapped several times. Bossche was applying pressure to Morgan Poret but an untimely spill in the split section allowed Jeremy Poret to move into fifth and challenge for his brother for fourth. Within a few laps, he was passed his brother, but Morgan passed him back and that was the way it finished. Dardillat taking the win ahead of Beernaut and Mickael Poret.
With an injection of energy taken from his moto 2 wins Dardillat went on to win moto 3 from the front and with it the overall victory for the weekend, but it was Jeremy Poret who would clinch the title. Jeremy’s brother Morgan would take home second overall and Dardillat’s victory at the final round ensured he would take the third step on the podium.