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NIGHT of the JUMPs Riga
Story and pics by Oliver Franke

Riga, 10th October 2009: For the first time after the IFMXF summer break the worlds best Freestyle Motocross riders met again for this years FIM Freestyle MX World Championships. Playground for the 8th contest was the NIGHT of the JUMPs in Riga. In a most amazing fight X Games participant André Villa did not even made into the final. Both French riders ruled the field of riders and took the first two places ahead of Jose Miralles from Spain.

11 riders out of 8 nations fought in the qualification to reach the final. All of the Germans around Hannes Ackermann, Freddy Peters and Fabian Bauersachs missed that. Best position went to Bauersachs on 7th. Alexey Koleshnikov, debuting on the IFMXF track in Riga made a strong run with hard tricks and Flip combos. But he could not the reach the final also. This years X Games participant André Villa, who returned to the NIGHT of the JUMPs, had some problems at the landing of his 3rd trick. He went on riding but missed a lot of points and ended up on 8th position. So Massimo Bianconcini, Brice Izzo, Libor Podmol, Jose Miralles, Remi Bizouard and Brody Wilson made it into the final. Massimo Bianconcini won the Whip contest and Highest Air. The Italian rider jumped over 8,30 meters.

For the final all of the riders pushed the level even higher. The comeback of Massimo Bianconcini to the IFMXF track was amazing after his horror crash at Mannheim. He did all his hard tricks and reached 6th position. Also Czech Libor Podmol returned on his bike just a week ago, but did Super- and Switchblade flips already. Brody Wilson did his entire trick repertoire with a bonus Tsunami flip in the double up. But even this was only enough for the 4th place today.




Miralles, Bizouard and Izzo fought for the positions onto the podium. The Spanish guy did his well-known spectacular program. But contrary to Miralles both French riders had a new trick in his run. Brice Izzo did a Tsunami Flip Indy and Remi Bizouard a Superman Seatgrab Flip. Finally the current World Champion took the win.

In the overall ranking of the NIGHT of the JUMPs / FIM Freestyle MX World Chamionship Remi Bizourd still leads with 17 points ahead of Jose Miralles On the 3rd position we find Brody Wilson. In the manufacturers ranking Yamaha is on top with a 30 points lead to KTM.

Next points of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships will be given at the NIGHT of the JUMPs Ostrava on November 6th and 7th.

FACTS NIGHT of the JUMPs
FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Riga, 10th October 2009 – Round 8



Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final

1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 317 Points
2. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 299 Points
3. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 288 Points
4. Brody Wilson USA AMA Honda 285 Points
5. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 281 Points
6. Massimo Bianconcini ITA ACCR KTM 215 Points

Results Qualification
1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 263 Points
2. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 257 Points
3. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 252 Points
4. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 245 Points
5. Brody Wilson USA AMA Honda 244 Points
6. Massimo Bianconcini ITA ACCR KTM 230 Points
7. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 223 Points
8. Andre Villa NOR RFME Suzuki 210 Points
9. Alexey Koleshnikov RUS LaMSE KTM 189 Points
10. Freddy Peters GER DMSB Suzuki 174 Points
10. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 172 Points

Whip Contest
1. Massimo Bianconcini ITA KTM
2. Alexey Koleshnikov RUS KTM
3. Brody Wilson USA Honda
4. Hannes Ackermann GER KTM
4. Brice Izzo FRA Yamaha
4. Jose Miralles ESP KTM

Results Highest Air Contest
1. Massimo Bianconcini BEL 8,30 Meter
2. Jose Miralles ESP 6,50 Meter
3. Freddy Peters GER 6,00 Meter


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

1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 143 Points
2. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 126 Points
3. Brody Wilson USA AMA Honda 122 Points
4. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 119 Points
5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 112 Points
6. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL ACCR KTM 74 Points
7. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 73 Points
8. Freddy Peters GER DMSB Suzuki 51 Points
9. Fredrik Johansson SWE SVEMO Suzuki 50 Points
10. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 46 Points
11. Steve Mini AUS MA Yamaha 30 Points
12. Gilles Dejong BEL DMSB KTM 24 Points
13. Martin Schenk AUT OSK Yamaha 12 Points
14. Vivian Gantner SUI FMS Suzuki 11 Points
15. Andre Villa NOR RFME Suzuki 8 Points
16. Wlliam v. d. Putte BEL FMS Suzuki 8 Points
17. Alexey Koleshnikov RUS LaMSE KTM 7 Points

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

1. Yamaha 156 Points
2. KTM 126 Points
3. Suzuki 122 Points
4. Honda 122 Points






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