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NIGHT of the JUMPS opener in Turin –
Libor Podmol returns, high jump world record equalled
Story by Oliver Franke/IFMXF.com

Turin, March 2nd 2012: Twelve riders from seven countries met this Friday in Turin for the first round of the 2012 FIM Freestyle MX World Championship. The audience in Palasport Olimpico witnessed a spectacular contest with the impressive return of former World Champion Libor Podmol and the equalling of the high jump world record by two Italian riders.

The three azzurri, Bianconcini, Vanni Oddera and Ivan Zucconi did battle with the international FMX elite. They were wildly cheered on by their fellow Italians, but it was not enough to reach the final round. Bianconcini finished in eighth place as the best Italian Stallion. His annoyance at his lowly placing didn’t last long, however; Massimo was firstly able to win the Whip Contest and then dominate the Maxxis Highest Air contest together with team mate Ivan Zucconi. Jumping a massive 11:00 metres, both riders were cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd and matched the existing Step Up world record set in 2010.

Six riders, David Rinaldo (FRA), Brice Izzo (FRA), Clinton Moore (AUS), Maikel Melero (ESP), Remi Bizouard (FRA) and Podmol (CZE) did battle in the final contest, since world champion Javier Villegas (CHL) crashed out on the Double Up jump and was taken to hospital.

Clinton Moore missed the podium in the final stages, despite performing a 360 and a Volt. David Rinaldo was unable to defend a second place in qualifying, executing a Deadsailor Flip on the last jump. Brice Izzo is improving all the time, but is not yet able to break into the Top 3. Maikel Melero was rewarded instead with third place, jumping with his usual style.

Victory in the Italian Grand Prix was fought over by the two former World Champions, Remi Bizouard and Podmol, who showed everything from Hart Attack and Ruler Flip to Cliffhanger Flip and Indy Underflip. In the event, it was Podmol who won finally secured another NIGHT of the JUMPS victory by the narrowest of margins – just two points.


So in the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship, Podmol (20 points) leads from Bizouard (18 points) and Melero (16 points). That may change tomorrow, though, when the next world championship points will be awarded.

FACTS NIGHT of the JUMPs – FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Turin, March 2nd 2012 – Round 1


Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 392 Points
2. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 390 Points
3. Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 360 Points
4. Clinton Moore AUS MA Yamaha 338 Points
5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 331 Points
6. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 320 Points

Results Qualification
1. Remi Bizouard FRA RFME Honda 358 Points
2. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 350 Points
3. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 339 Points
4. Clinton Moore AUS MA Yamaha 320 Points
5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 304 Points
6. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 297 Points
7. Javier Villegas CHI FMC Yamaha 297 Points
8. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL PZM KTM 288 Points
9. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 261 Points
10. Ivan Zucconi ITA PZM KTM 244 Points
11. Vanni Oddera ITA PZM KTM 231 Points
12. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 0 Points

Results Whip Contest
1. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL PZM KTM
2. Remi Bizouard FRA RFME Honda

Results MAXXIS Highest Air

1. Ivan Zucconi ITA 11,0 Meter
2. Massimo Bianconcini ITA 11,0 Meter
3. Maikel Melero ESP 10,0 Meter

FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Ranking (after 1st contest)

1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 20 Points
2. Remi Bizouard FRA RFME Honda 18 Points
3. Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 16 Points
4. Clinton Moore AUS MA Yamaha 14 Points
5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 12 Points
6. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 10 Points
7. Javier Villegas CHI FMC Yamaha 9 Points
8. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL PZM KTM 8 Points
9. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 7 Points
10. Ivan Zucconi ITA PZM KTM 6 Points
11. Vanni Oddera ITA PZM KTM 5 Points
12. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 4 Points




Nerves of steel – Bizouard leads FMX World Championship, Bianconcini sets new high jump record

Turin, 3rd March 2012: The second day of the fantastic FIM Freestyle MX World Championship weekend proved very entertaining once again. To the delight of an almost sell-out crowd at Palasport Olimpico Turin, the eleven NIGHT of the JUMPS riders executed the toughest tricks in their repertoire. However, after a bad fall the previous day, former world champion Javier Villegas was left to spectate.

In the quali, local heroes Ivan Zucconi, Vanni Oddera and Massimo Bianconcini dug deep into their bag of tricks to ensure that the Italian flag would fly high in the final. Ivan Zucconi deserves special mention, as he put on a fine show in the attempt, flipping for all he was worth with a Cordova and then a Tsunami. Placed seventh, he just missed the final round, as did the other two Italian riders. A similar fate befell Hannes Ackermann and Jose Miralles, who both went out in the preliminary round. The same six riders from yesterday went on to fight it out in the final: Brice Izzo (FRA), Libor Podmol (CZE), David Rinaldo (FRA), Clinton Moore (AUS), Maikel Melero (ESP) and Remi Bizouard.


But the Maxxis Highest Air and Whip Contest again remained firmly in Italian hands; firstly, Bianconcini 'whipped' his way to victory and then also set a new world high jump record of 11:50 metres. Earlier, Zucconi had also been able to top the old record of 11:00 metres with a super jump of 11:10 metres.

In the final, the audience went wild as the freestylers performed the baddest Backflip combos ever. The two Frenchmen David Rinaldo and Brice Izzo executed Superman Seatgrab and Indy flips, edging up into fourth and fifth place. Clinton Moore missed what probably would have been his first podium as he crashed out performing The Volt on the double-up.


Libor Podmol combined Cliffhanger Flip and Underflip combos on his run, but today that was only enough for third place, since Melero was able to show a Double Backflip as his final jump. However, it was Remi Bizouard who secured victory, displaying nerves of steel; as his first jump, the Frenchman pulled off a 360, which had led to a bad fall in training on Friday. Cliffhanger, Ruler, and Hart Attack Flip proved just the ticket to give him victory on a perfect final run.

After this thrilling final, Bizouard (38 points) replaces Podmol (36 points) at the top of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship table. Melero on 34 points follows in third position.


Riders now have two weeks to work on new tricks before the next World Championship points are awarded at the NIGHT of the JUMPS in Berlin, March 16th-17th.

 

FACTS NIGHT of the JUMPs – FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Turin, March 3 2012 – Round 2


Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
1. Remi Bizouard FRA RFME Honda 410 Points
2. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 379 Points
3. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 378 Points
4. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 369 Points
5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 349 Points
6. Clinton Moore AUS MA Yamaha 293 Points

Results Qualification

1. Remi Bizouard FRA RFME Honda 350 Points
2. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 343 Points
3. Clinton Moore AUS MA Yamaha 337 Points
4. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 337 Points
5. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 336 Points
6. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 313 Points
7. Ivan Zucconi ITA PZM KTM 295 Points
8. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 291 Points
9. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL PZM KTM 284 Points
10. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 257 Points
11. Vanni Oddera ITA PZM KTM 229 Points

Results Whip Contest
1. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL PZM KTM
2. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki

Results MAXXIS Highest Air
1. Massimo Bianconcini ITA 11,50 Meter
2. Ivan Zucconi ITA 11,10 Meter

FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Ranking (after 2nd contest)

1. Remi Bizouard FRA RFME Honda 38 Points
2. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 36 Points
3. Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 34 Points
4. Clinton Moore AUS MA Yamaha 24 Points
David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 24 Points
Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 24 Points
7. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL PZM KTM 15 Points
Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 15 Points
Ivan Zucconi ITA PZM KTM 15 Points
10. Vanni Oddera ITA PZM KTM 10 Points
Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 10 Points
12. Javier Villegas CHI FMC Yamaha 9 Points


 






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