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Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPS Riga
Story and pics by Oliver Franke

Bizouard beats current FMX World Champion Gaup and makes a huge step for the title.

Riga, 25th Oktober 2008: Remi Bizouard beat current World Champion Ailo Gaup with a spectacular run and made a huge step for the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships title 2008. Gaup himself did an amazing run, which puts him on 2nd position ahead of Libor Podmol.

11 riders came to Riga for the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs. Big surprise was the comeback of Norways Ailo Gaup, who had a 10 month absence from the IFMXF track. The current World Champion was highly motivated and impressed with a strong qualification run, putting him on second position equal on points with Bizouard. Massimo Bianconcini, Brice Izzo, Libor Podmol and Brody Wilson followed them into the final. Steve Mini, who crashed in Cologne, did a really good run, missing the final only by five points. German Fabian Bauersachs was even closer. He missed the final only by one point.


The final of the 8th contest of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship couldn’t be more spectacular. After the qualifying current World Championd and the leader of the FMX World Championship 2008 were equal on points. But before the big showdown the crowd saw Ailo Gaups win at the whip contest and Libor Podmols in the highest air.




Final was opened by Massimo Bianconcini. First time he presented the Superman Seatgrab flip on the IFMXF track. Libor Podmol put a flip fireworks into his final run. He did No-Hand-Flip, Tsunami Flip, Switchblade Flip, Cliffhanger Flip, Underflip and SuperFlip Indy. This brought him on 3rd position. Brice Izzo did a Shaolin Flip in the double up, but only reached 5th place. Same to Brody Wilson. He did a Switchblade flip first time, but lost one place and and ende up 4th.

Then it came to the showdown between Gaup and Bizouard. Both did massive runs with extrem extensions and hard flip combos. Finally the win went to Bizouard, who made a huge step for the World Champion title 2008. He now leads with 40 points ahead of André Villa. Libor Podmol now is on 3rd position.

Next points of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship will be given on sunday at the 2nd day of the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs in Riga.

You want to see some motion? Here you can watch Video Clips of the three finalists:
http://www.ifmxf.com/gallerys.jsp?id=102

FACTS Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs –
FIM Freestyle MX World Championships – Round 8
Riga, 25th October 2008


Results Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final

1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 318 Points
2. Ailo Gaup NOR NMF Honda 302 Points
3. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 290 Points
4. Brody Wilson USA AMA Honda 289 Points
5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 285 Points
6. Massimo Bianconcini ITA ACCR Yamaha 282 Points

Results Qualification
1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 258 Points
2. Ailo Gaup NOR NMF Honda 258 Points
3. Brody Wilson USA AMA Honda 251 Points
4. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 248 Points
5. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 243 Points
6. Massimo Bianconcini ITA ACCR Yamaha 230 Points
7. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 229 Points
8. Steve Mini AUS DMSB Yamaha 225 Points
9. Fredrik Johansson SWE SVEMO Suzuki 218 Points
10. Gilles Dejong BEL FMB Kawasaki 189 Points
11. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 156 Points

Results Highest Air Contest
1. Libor Podmol CZE 7,30 Meter
2. Gilles Dejong BEL 7,00 Meter
3. Fabian Bauersachs GER 0,00 Meter

Results Whip Contest
1. Ailo Gaup NOR NMF Honda
2. Massimo Bianconcini ITA ACCR Yamaha
3. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki

FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Ranking (after 8th contest)

1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 132 Points
2. André Villa NOR RFME Suzuki 92 Points
3. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 84 Points
4. Fredrik Johansson SWE SVEMO Suzuki 83 Points
5. Jack Rowe USA DMSB Suzuki 77 Points
6. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 75 Points
7. Romain Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 70 Points
8. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 52 Points
9. Greg Hartman USA DMSB Yamaha 50 Points
10. Brice Izzo FRAU FFM Yamaha 40 Points
11. Mat Rebeaud SUI FMS KTM 38 Points
12. Bartosz Oglaza POL PZM Suzuki 35 Points
13. Massimo Bianconcini ITA ACCR Yamaha 30 Points
14. Brody Wilson USA AMA Hondo 26 Points
15. Jose Miralles Garcia ESP RFME KTM 23 Points
16. Ailo Gaup NOR NMF Honda 18 Points
17. Gilles Dejong BEL FMB KTM 18 Points
18. Oystein Kjorstad NOR NMF KTM 15 Points
19. Vivian Gantner SUI FMS Suzuki 13 Points
20. Steve Mini AUS DMSB Yamaha 12 Points




Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs Riga - Sunday

Remi Bizouard did it. With both winnings of the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs in Riga he reached FMX World Champion. On sunday Bizouard won in a spectacular final and put two times Vice World Champion Libor Podmol and FIM Freestyle MX World Champion 2007 Ailo Gaup on 2nd and 3rd position.

For the 9th contest of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship 7.000 people came to the Arena Riga. And already in the qualification it was high voltage. As on saturday Brice Izzo, Brody Wilson, Libor Podmol, Ailo Gaup and Remi Bizouard made their way into the final. This day Italian Massimo Bianconcini did not make it. Therefore Fredrik Johansson got into the field of final riders.

Bianconcini won the Whip Contest ahead of Lukas Weis and Steven Mini. Gilles Dejong got 1st in Highest Air. But all this was not important. All eyes in Riga were focussed on Remi Bizouard, Libor Podmol and Fredrik Johansson. Could the French guy be ahead of them, or could Podmol or Johansson be ahead? Johansson pushed his run and with tricks like Stripper, Cordova Flip and Switchblade he put him self on 5th position ahead of Brody Wilson.


Libor Podmol again started a backflip fireworks with Cliffhanger Flip, Switchblade Flip, Tsunami Flip, No-Hand-Flip and 1-Hand Underflip in the double-up. This put him ahead of Ailo Gaup, FMX World Champion 2007.

So it was up to Remi Bizouard and he pushed it to the limit. With No-Hand-Flip, Switchblade to Switchblade Flip, Cliffhanger Flip and Ruler Flip in the Double-Up he put himself on top. With both winnings the French guy grabbed the FIM Freestyle MX World Champion. On not only that. The World Champion title brought him the brandnew NIGHT of the JUMPs Suzuki Swift Sport on top.

So the last two contests take place in Namibia on 29th November and Brasil on 13th December 2008. There we will see if Czech Libor Podmol will reach the Vice World Champion title third time in a row.

FACTS Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs –
FIM Freestyle MX World Championships – Round 9
Riga, 26th October 2008


Final

1. Rémi Bizouard FRA 314.0
2 .Libor Podmol CZE 291.0
3. Ailo Gaup NOR 290.0
4. Brice Izzo FRA 283.0
5. Fredrik Johansson SWE 276.0
6. Brody Wilson USA 269.0

Highest Air
1. Gilles Dejong BEL 8.6 m
2. Libor Podmol CZE 8.3 m
3. Massimo Bianconcini ITA 7.0 m

Whip Contest
1. Massimo Bianconcini ITA
2. Lukas Weis GER
3. Steve Mini AUS
4. Gilles Dejong BEL
4. Brice Izzo FRA
4. Ailo Gaup NOR

Qualification
1. Rémi Bizouard FRA 270.0
2. Ailo Gaup NOR 264.0
3. Libor Podmol CZE 261.0
4. Brice Izzo FRA 254.0
5. Brody Wilson USA 252.0
6. Fredrik Johansson SWE 246.0
7. Fabian Bauersachs GER 236.0
8. Steve Mini AUS 230.0
9. Massimo Bianconcini ITA 228.0
10. Lukas Weis GER 196.0
11. Gilles Dejong BEL 187.0





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