Photo Credit: NIGHT of the JUMPs
It was an epic end to the FIM European FMX Championships on Saturday night in Mannheim. 11 Freestyle Motocross athletes from seven nations came together for battle at the NIGHT of the JUMPs in the SAP Arena. The 7,000 spectators that filled the SAP Arena were treated to one of the finest FMX competitions to determine the European Champion of 2016.
The evening had two major duels to focus on. The big one was the battle for the European Champion crown between Remi Bizouard (FRA) and Maikel Melero (ESP). The second duel was between Luc Ackermann (GER) and Petr Pilat (CZE) for the Bronze medal. First of all it would be the qualification round to determine ranking for the final and it was the 18 year old local hero, Luc Ackermann who took the competition by the horns and made his way to second place. With tricks like the Egg Roll and Surfer Take off to Tsunami Flip, it was enough to push Remi Bizouard into 3rd place without his Volt.
Maikel Melero put together a solid preliminary round with a flair and California Roll and sat at the top of the ladder. Petr Pilat didn’t bring his new 540 Flair on the Quarter Pipe and finished in fourth position.
Of the three riders bringing the California Roll in qualifying, it didn’t go so well for the Spanish rider Marc Pinyol who put together a solid run of Surfer to Tsunami Flip, Cliffhanger Flip and the Egg Roll. But the Cali Roll brought him down with a heavy crash and put him out of contention. For Leonardo Fini on the other hand, he stuck a solid run and landed his Cali Roll to secure a finals berth in front of the veteran Brice Izzo (FRA).
The LifeProof Best Whip competition gave viewers no chance to leave early. It was battle of turn down whips between Bizouard and Davide Rossi (ITA), however it would be the Frenchman who went well past 90 degrees to seal the victory. Also it was in Maxxis Highest Air where another Italian would lose out. Bianconcini had to admit defeat to his permanent rival Jose Miralles from Spain.
The Italians had something to cheer about in the Final however, with Leonardo Fini bringing one of his best performances of the season. It could have been one of his best runs except for the Double Up when he looped out the California Roll and ended up just saving a crash on the landing to only hit the wall hard without bringing the bike to a stop after the jump. With this, unfortunately he fell to sixth place.
Brice Izzo showed a solid run to make it to fifth position but was unable to get a higher position at Mannheim.
It then came to the showdown between Petr Pilat and Luc Ackermann for the Bronze medal. With the collective will of the local German crowd, Luc put together a solid run with his Egg Roll, Surfer Tsunami Flip, Seat Grab Flip and California Roll in the Double Up. Petr Pilat decided against the 540 in the final run and meant he wasn’t able to counter Luc’s great run. Even Remi Bizouard couldn’t catch the 18 year old German after he left out his Volt body varial and ended up placing 3rd for the night behind Luc by a mere one point.
The night rested solely on the shoulders of Maikel Melero who battled an illness and loss of energy to be crowned 3 times in the past 3 championships. With his victory at NIGHT of the JUMPs in Mannheim, the reigning World Champion also secured the European Championship on top of recently taking out the Spanish Cup. Remi Bizouard who has won both the World Championship and European Championship 3 times each, was happy with his silver medal. Luc Ackermann who secured 2nd place in Mannheim was able to claim the Bronze medal for the overall European Championship.
With the European Championship completed for 2016, NIGHT of the JUMPs will return to the World Championship series at the next round in June 11th at Jerez, Spain for the 5th round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship.
NIGHT of the JUMPs/Freestyle MX European Championships 2016 – Round 4
Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
1. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 394 Points
2. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 372 Points
3. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 371 Points
4. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 366 Points
5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 340 Points
6. Leonardo Fini ITA OSK Yamaha 315 Points
Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Qualification
1. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 358 Points
2. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 343 Points
3. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 333 Points
4. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 327 Points
5. Leonardo Fini ITA OSK Yamaha 316 Points 5.
6. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 308 Points
7. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 286 Points
8. Davide Rossi ITA OSK Yamaha 272 Points
9. Steve Sommerfeld AUS PZM KTM 262 Points
10. Nikolay Ivankov RUS MFR Yamaha 206 Points
11. Marc Pinyol ESP RFME Yamaha 205 Points
Results Lifeproof Best Whip Contest
1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki
2. Davide Rossi ITA OSK Yamaha
1. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 9,00 Meter
2. Massimo Bianconcini ITA OSK KTM 9,00 Meter
3. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 6,50 Meter
Freestyle MX European Championship
Ranking (after 4th contest)
1. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 70 Points
2. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 60 Points
3. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 54 Points
4. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 44 Points
5. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 37 Points
6. Rob Adelberg AUS MA Yamaha 36 Points
7. Steve Sommerfeld AUS PZM KTM 31 Points
8. Leonardo Fini ITA OSK Yamaha 22 Points
9. Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha 22 Points
10. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 20 Points
11. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 18 Points
12. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 17 Points
13. Martin Koren CZE ACCR KTM 15 Points
14. Thomas Wirnsberger AUT OSK Suzuki 12 Points
15. Marc Pinyol ESP RFME Yamaha 12 Points