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Downunder Dominator conquers Europe
Josh Sheehan wins FIM FMX World Championship Contest in Basle

Story and pictures by Oliver Franke/IFMXF.com

Basle, 20th May 2011: For the fifth time in the history of the competition, the Sankt Jakobshalle in Basle was the arena for the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship. But what the fans got to see on Friday was probably the most spectacular NIGHT of the JUMPs ever. Following up on his stunning victory last weekend in Hamburg, Josh Sheehan has now notched up his first World Championship win, relegating all his rivals to bit player roles.

Twelve riders from six countries competed in qualifying for the six coveted places in the final round. Unfortunately, Swiss local hero Mat Rebeaud was absent from the line-up because he unable to get fit in time after a serious injury earlier this year. That did not detract from the atmosphere, however, because right from the qualifying stage, the showmen were thrilling the audience with 360s, Hart Attack Backflips, Tsunami Flips, Superman Seatgrab Backflips and many other breakneck combinations.




Josh Sheehan performed the best qualifying run of the season so far to claim top spot with 400 points. He was joined in the final round by Libor Podmol, Remi Bizouard, Jose Miralles, Javier Villegas and Maikel Melero. Despite pulling out his toughest tricks, David Rinaldo missed the final because of a Dead Sailor. Romain Izzo showed off a miniflip on the landing hill, but didn't make it through to the last six either. Best-performing German Hannes Ackermann took tenth place with a first-time Tsunami Flip.




After the preliminary competition, Lukas Weis won the Race & Style Contest ahead of Jose Miralles. The Spaniard made up for this by triumphing in the Maxxis Highest Air with a leap of 7.5 metres.

Then the bulldozers were brought out for the last time to create optimum track conditions for the final round. Maikel Melero opened the final and styled some extreme extensions. Ultimately, though, it was enough only for sixth place. Javier Villegas emerged next and topped his run in the preliminary round, securing a podium spot from P5. Jose Miralles, on the other hand, seemed to have run out of steam and dropped back to fifth place. Despite performing a Ruler, Switchblade, Cliffhanger and Hart Attack Flip, Remi Bizouard somehow missed out on a podium. Libor Podmol made sure of his by using the dirt jump to perform a brilliant Indy Underflip in the double-up. But despite all their huffing and puffing, none of them came close to knocking Downunder Dominator Josh Sheehan off his pedestal. He flipped a Lazyboy, a Tsunami and a Superman Seatgrab, topping off the display with his new Heelclicker 360 to win his first World Championship competition.


In the overall standings, Remi Bizouard still leads from Javier Villegas, both of them on 68 points. Jose Miralles is third on 62 points. The next World Championship race will take place tomorrow (Saturday). The stars will then be lining up in Basel for the fifth round of this year's NIGHT of the JUMPs / FIM Freestyle MX World Championship, and we will see whether Villegas can overtake Bizouard in the standings.


FACTS NIGHT of the JUMPs – FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Basle, 20th May 2011 – Round 4


Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
1. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda 452 Points
2. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 429 Points
3. Javier Villegas CH AMA Yamaha 416 Points
4. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 403 Points
5. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 403 Points
6. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 385 Points

Results Qualification
1. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda 400 Points
2. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 374 Points
3. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 370 Points
4. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 359 Points
5. Javier Villegas CH AMA Yamaha 358 Points
6. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 356 Points
7. Romain Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 337 Points
8. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 332 Points
9. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 304 Points
10. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 290 Points
11. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 283 Points
12. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 276 Points

Results Race & Style Contest
1. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki
2. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM

Results MAXXIS Highest Air
1. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 7,50 Meter
2. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 7,50 Meter

 

Changing of the guard at NIGHT of the JUMPs
Javier Villegas takes championship lead

Pictures by Tobias Hannig/tobpix.com | Story by Oliver Franke/IFMXF.com

Basle, 21st May 2011: The second day of the Swiss Freestyle Motocross Grand Prix weekend could prove to be the tipping point of the 2011 FIM Freestyle MX World Championship. Javier Villegas was runner-up on the evening, a result that was good enough to see him take the lead in the championship standings. But outclassing all the other riders was Josh Sheehan who won his third NIGHT of the JUMPs in a row.





Unfortunately, only 11 riders lined up for qualification on Saturday, as Libor Podmol had crashed in training and sustained an injury. The remaining riders were highly motivated and keen to top their performance of the day before. Lukas Weis was the first rider to use the transfer jump and improved significantly on his Friday routine. But it still wasn't enough to get him into the final. Fabian Bauersachs also flopped, in his case to an unaccustomed 10th place. But the third member of the German trio on the bill turned in the best result of his career to date: Hannes Ackermann used all the ramps to best effect and refined his Tsunami Flip.


Hannes Ackermann



He was only three points short of qualifying for his first NIGHT of the JUMPs finale. This honour was snatched from him by Red Bull rider Petr Pilat who essentially claimed the place that would have gone to injured compatriot Libor Podmol.


Petr Pilat is back after his injury and qualified for the final


In fact, the remaining five places in the final went to the same riders as the day before. Tragic figure of the weekend was David Rinaldo who mistimed his landing in the double-up. So after his Dead Sailor on Friday, he once again missed out on the finals.

Maikel Melero


Jose Miralles dominated proceedings in the side-contests. First he scored top points in the Race & Style and then he jumped 7.9 metres to victory in the Maxxis Highest Air.

Great Speed & Style Action with Miralles and Sheehan

But those who thought he had shot his bolt before the finale were in for a pleasant surprise. In a flawless run, including a dirt jump, he performed his first ever underflip. A performance that was rewarded by the judges with third place.


Remi Bizouard doing a great Ruler-Flip


Remi Bizouard could have felt miffed by this: the Frenchman pulled everything out of the bag, from Ruler Flip to Hart Attack Flip, but had to settle for a frustrating fourth. Petr Pilat and Maikel Melero put in solid final runs in the battle for the podium, but they finished out of contention.

Jose Miralles doing his signature trick

As early as the preliminary round, it had become clear that the winner of NIGHT of the JUMPs in Basle would have to get past Josh Sheehan. Villegas laid in with a Tsunami Flip and several daring combinations, but Sheehan was firing on all cylinders. A miniflip on the landing hill after his perfectly styled run and a perfect Clicker 360 in the double-up secured him a third victory in his third successive competition.

Josh Sheehan doing the Lazyboy upsidedown


After five out of twelve rounds, Javier Villegas took over the lead in the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship. Remi Bizouard has dropped back to second place, four points behind. The next NIGHT of the JUMPs takes place over the coming weekend at the Olympiahalle in Munich. And who's to say that Josh Sheehan won't complete a grand slam and record his fourth win in a row? There will be more World Championship points up for grabs on the weekend of 18th -19th June in Penza (Russia).

Winners 2nd night: Javier Villegas, Josh Sheehan and Jose Miralles

FACTS NIGHT of the JUMPs – FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Basle, 21st May 2011 – Round 5


Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
1. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda 454 Points
2. Javier Villegas CHL AMA Yamaha 418 Points
3. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 414 Points
4. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 413 Points
5. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 368 Points
6. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 364 Points

Results Qualification
1. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda 391 Points
2. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 382 Points
3. Javier Villegas CHL AMA Yamaha 380 Points
4. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 377 Points
5. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 349 Points
6. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 326 Points
7. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 323 Points
8. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 320 Points
9. Romain Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 312 Points
10. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 312 Points
11. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 306 Points

Results Race & Style Contest
1. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM
2. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda

Results MAXXIS Highest Air
1. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 7,90 Meter
2. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 7,60 Meter

FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Ranking (after 5th contest)

1. Javier Villegas CHL AMA Yamaha 86 Points
2. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 82 Points
3. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 78 Points
4. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 58 Points
5. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 58 Points
6. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 42 Points
7. Romain Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 41 Points
8. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda 40 Points
9. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 39 Points
10. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 29 Points
11. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL ACCR KTM 24 Points
12. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 22 Points
13. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 17 Points
14. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 10 Points
15. Vanni Oddera ITA ACCR KTM 6 Points






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