On Saturday night, 11 riders from 6 nations stormed the Bavarian capital of Munich for the sixth NIGHT of the JUMPs of 2016, for the 3rd round of the European FMX Championship.
David Rinaldo shocked the Munich crowd and the judges when he unleashed two new tricks in qualification. First he brought the Dead Body Flip under the Olympic Halle roof, then directly into the Lazyboy Flip. Although he didn’t show a body varial he ended in first place after the preliminary round. He was followed by Remi Bizouard in second and Libor Podmol in third. Reigning World Champion Maikel Melero was in fourth position and Leonardo Fini brought his new California Roll to make it to 6th position and sneak into the finals.
After a long injury, Marc Pinyol returned to NIGHT of the JUMPs, however the little Spaniard had some small mistakes including a flip deadsailor and not completing the Cliffhanger Flip. But Pinyol was able to console himself fairly quickly as in a heartbeat the LifeProof Bes Whip finals were starting and he was clearly the winner with bigger whips against Remi Bizouard and Luc Ackermann in the final. The Maxxis Highest Air trophy went again to Jose Miralles with 8.50 metres.
After Leo Fini showed a solid run to open the final 6 riders, he was followed by Luc Ackermann who brought a blistering display of tricks to the Olympic Halle. The 18 year old German, almost home-town kid, built upon his cracking qualification run by bringing two extra tricks, with the Egg Roll and the California Roll. With 374 points it was enough for him to take the hot seat.
For the first time in 10 NIGHT of the JUMPs competitions, the reigning World Champion, Maikel Melero wasn’t able to oust the other riders. With a crash on his first trick, the Egg Roll, it was an uncharacteristic mistake which saw him knocked out of the race.
Libor Podmol was firing on all cylinders, bringing the California Roll and his own style of Egg Roll which is like a 360, plus the Cliffhanger Flip, LP Roll, Supercan Flip and Surfer Tsunami Flip plus the Volt, he earned a whopping 414 points. He pushed Ackermann from the thrown and then held onto it for the rest of the night.
It wasn’t made easier with three-time World Champion, Remi Bizouard coming up next. Even with a clean Egg Roll, he didn’t do his Volt body varial and it cost him dearly in points. He ended up behind the younger German rider to finish in fourth place. Rinaldo also wasn’t able to catch Podmol. Even with his Deadbody Flip, Lazyboy Flip, One hand take off Seat Grab Flip and California Roll, it was only enough for 404 points and second place.
Luc Ackermann finished in 3rd place, taking his first podium result of the season and fourth in the overall European Freestyle MX Championship. Overall Melero still leads with 54 points and Remi Bizouard with 44 points.
The final of the European FMX Championships will take place in exactly one month at the NIGHT of the JUMPs event in Mannheim, Germany (May 21, 2016 – SAP Arena)
NIGHT of the JUMPs/Freestyle MX European Championships Munich Results:
1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 414 Points
2. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 404 Points
3. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 374 Points
4. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 372 Points
5. Leonardo Fini ITA OSK KTM 317 Points
6. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 190 Points
1. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 343 Points
2. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 341 Points
3. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 338 Points
4. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 326 Points
5. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 325 Points
6. Leonardo Fini ITA OSK Yamaha 294 Points 5.
7. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 285 Points
8. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 256 Points
9. Steve Sommerfeld AUS PZM KTM 227 Points
10. Marc Pinyol ESP RFME Yamaha 225 Points
11. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 7 Points
Lifeproof Best Whip Contest:
1. Marc Pinyol ESP RFME Yamaha
2. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna
1. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 8,50 Meter
2. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 8,00 Meter
3. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 7,00 Meter
Freestyle MX European Championships Ranking (after 3rd contest)
1. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 50 Points
2. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 44 Points
3. Rob Adelberg AUS MA Yamaha 36 Points
4. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 36 Points
5. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 30 Points
6. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 28 Points
7. Steve Sommerfeld AUS PZM KTM 23 Points
8. Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha 22 Points
9. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 20 Points
11. Martin Koren CZE ACCR KTM 15 Points
12. Thomas Wirnsberger AUT OSK Suzuki 12 Points
13. Leonardo Fini ITA OSK Yamaha 12 Points
14. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 8 Points