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Tomorrow won’t be better:
Podmol wins NIGHT of the JUMPs Part One in Berlin
Story by Oliver Franke / Photo credits: Marko Manthey, Oliver Franke

Berlin, 8th March 2013: “Welcome to Berlin” was emblazoned all over the o2 World arena as fans arrived for the first part of a NIGHT of the JUMPs Grand Prix double bill. Eleven riders from seven different countries were lining up for Round 2 of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship, including the German duo of Hannes Ackermann and Kai Haase. Berlin-born Haase was cheered on enthusiastically by his home crowd but went out at the qualifying stage in an anonymous tenth place. Having almost recovered from a debilitating back injury, Hannes Ackermann was on far better form than in the world championship opener at Kaunas but narrowly missed out on the final in P7.

Making his second guest appearance of the 2013 NIGHT of the JUMPs tour, Gabriel Villegas pulled out some decent tricks to finish eighth. American star Rich Kearns was evidently suffering from jetlag and disappointed the fans by failing to perform a single backflip. So it was all the more surprising when he triumphed in the ROCKWELL Time Best Whip.

Emma McFerran

High-jump specialist Massimo Bianconcini also went out at the qualifying stage. Winner of the preliminary round was David Rinaldo who put in a great run to come through just ahead of Petr Pilat. Remi Bizouard’s minor slip-up pushed him down to third place, while Libor Podmol will have been relieved to sneak into the finals in P5 after a dead sailor flip. Also qualifying in the Top Six were Jose Miralles and Brice Izzo.

The Best Trick Contest pitted two mountain bikers against two FMX riders. Pavel Alekhin performed a front flip which was bested by a tandem backflip from Petr Pilat. The fans could, perhaps, be forgiven for saving the loudest applause of the night for Australia’s First Lady of FMX, Emma McFerran, who pulled off a flawless backflip over the kicker ramp. It was the first time in NIGHT of the JUMPs history that a female rider had performed this trick.

David Rinaldo

Despite the mathematical impossibility, the six riders in the final were all looking to improve on their qualifying positions. A gamble that did not pay off for Brice Izzo and Jose Miralles who both flopped big time with dead sailors. Petr Pilat also committed minor errors in his final run, which dropped him down to fourth. Meanwhile, Libor Podmol staged an impressive fight-back, advancing from fifth to the top podium rung. This was due in no small measure to his maiden 360; some spectators thought he had overshot his double-up time, but the judges were satisfied that it was just inside.

Libor Podmol

Remi Bizouard delved deep into his repertoire of tricks, pulling out a Ruler and a Hart Attack Flip. But instead of a 360, he could ‘only’ manage a Whip Flip; Bizouard was visibly gutted to finish the event in a relatively lowly third position. David Rinaldo once again showed off some truly extreme jumps such as his new Heelclicker to Tsunami combo. In the double-up, he obviously hoped to pull off a Doublegrab Flip, but this petered out into a run-of-the-mill Superman Seatgrab Flip. But it was still enough for the runner-up spot, one point behind Podmol but one point ahead of Bizouard – the first time he has ever managed to out-perform his fellow Frenchman.

Winners NOTJ Berlin 2013

Friday’s victory saw Podmol take the lead in the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship. On the same number of points but still technically second is Remi Bizouard. Moving up to third place in the standings is David Rinaldo. But tomorrow is another day... That’s when the third round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship will be contested at o2 World in Berlin. There are still a few tickets left for those fans who don’t like to plan too far ahead.

NIGHT of the JUMPs/FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Berlin, 08th March 2013 – Round 2


Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 395 Points
2. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 394 Points
3. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 393 Points
4. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 351 Points
5. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 341 Points
6. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 312 Points

Results Qualification
1. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 332 Points
2. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 323 Points
3. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 320 Points
4. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 316 Points
5. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 311 Points
6. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 308 Points
7. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 299 Points
8. Gabriel Villegas CHL FMC KTM 299 Points
9. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM 292 Points
10. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 224 Points
11. Rich Kearns USA AMA Kawasaki 211 Points


Results ROCKWELL Time Whip Contest

1. Rich Kearns USA AMA Kawasaki
2. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM
3. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM

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

1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 36 Points
2. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 36 Points
3. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 28 Points
4. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 28 Points
5. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 20 Points
6. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 19 Points
7. Dany Torres ESP RFME KTM 18 Points
8. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 14 Points
9. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 12 Points
10. Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 12 Points
11. Gabriel Villegas CHL FMC KTM 8 Points
12. Martin Koren CZE ACCR KTM 7 Points

 

Night of the counterstroke –
Rinaldo wins as Bizouard retakes championship lead
Story by Oliver Franke / Photo credits: Marko Manthey, Oliver Franke

Berlin, 9th March 2013: On Saturday, o2 World in Berlin hosted the second half of a thrilling NIGHT of the JUMPS double bill. Over two nights, fans were treated to a freestyle motocross spectacular at the highest level. The elite eleven contesting the German FMX Grand Prix pulled out all the tricks in their repertoire to keep the pulse rate up for three whole hours in a sold-out o2 World arena.

The German duo of Kai Haase and Hannes Ackermann were clearly out to make a big impression, and while Haase once again finished in the Top Ten (just), Hannes Ackermann put in a perfect qualifying run to book fourth place in the final – an interim result that was all the more impressive considering Gabriel Villegas (Chile), Massimo Bianconcini (Italy) and Rich Kearns (USA) failed to make the cut. The American superstar, who arrived with a big reputation from the X-Games, was the big disappointment of the weekend, attempting not even a single upside-down trick and being marked down accordingly on both days – P11 out of eleven. Jose ‘El Loco’ Miralles crashed into the barrier coming out of a Sidesaddle Lander, which cost him so much time that he failed to progress past the preliminary round.

Libor Podmol

David Rinaldo, Libor Podmol, Petr Pilat and Brice Izzo made it through to the final for the second day in succession. Remi ‘Le Roi’ Bizouard was visibly anxious to eradicate the embarrassment of Friday and put in a flawless run to top the qualifying board.

Rich Keans at least redeemed himself in the ROCKWELL Time Best Whip, picking up the trophy for the second day running. The Maxxis Highest Air turned into a three-way battle between Massimo Bianconcini, Luc Ackermann and Jose Miralles, with the Italian eventually prevailing.

Remi Bizoaurd

The 10,000 crowd were thoroughly entertained by the half-time acts from Australia’s Emma McFerran, who performed her second NOTJ backflip, and from Petr Pilat, who repeated his tandem backflip from the night before. Suitably fired up, the fans then roared on Hannes Ackermann. Inspired by the support of the partisan crowd, he put in a flawless final run that included Cliffhanger and Hart Attack Flip. Even so, his performance was judged to be marginally inferior to that of Brice Izzo and Petr Pilat, which consequently pushed him down into sixth.

With the non-podium places decided, the Top Three then waded into action for maximum points. Podmol gambled on his version of the 360 in the double-up, but it fell short of perfect, and so he finished third. Bizouard pulled out his own 360 right at the start of his run, following up with Cliffhanger Flip, Hart Attack Flip and Ruler Flip. But despite his best efforts, he was unable to dislodge his fellow Frenchman from the hot seat. Rinaldo’s impressive sequence of triple combos was enough to convince the judges that he had earned his maiden Grand Prix victory.

Winners of the Night of the Jumps in Berlin

Remi Bizouard will nonetheless have been delighted to reclaim the lead in the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship. Libor Podmol drops back to second, while today’s winner Rinaldo consolidates his third position. Hannes Ackermann is the best-placed German in seventh. The riders now have a two-week break in which to recharge their batteries and quite possibly practise some new tricks. The fourth round of the World Championship takes place on 23rd March at Danzig (Poland) in the context of NIGHT of the JUMPs.

NIGHT of the JUMPs/FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Berlin, 09th March 2013 – Round 3


Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
1. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 392 Points
2. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 387 Points
3. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 385 Points
4. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 374 Points
5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 360 Points
6. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 355 Points

Results Qualification
1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 332 Points
2. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 326 Points
3. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 325 Points
4. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 316 Points
5. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 312 Points
6. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 301 Points
7. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM 280 Points
8. Gabriel Villegas CHL FMC KTM 273 Points
9. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 273 Points
10. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 246 Points
11. Rich Kearns USA AMA Kawasaki 167 Points

Results MAXXIS Highest Air
1. Massimo Bianconcini ITA KTM 8,00 Meters
2. Jose Miralles ESP KTM 8,00 Meters
3. Luc Ackermann GER KTM 7,50 Meters

Results ROCKWELL Time Whip Contest
1. Rich Kearns USA AMA Kawasaki
2. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki
3. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM

FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Ranking (after 3rd contest)

1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 54 Points
2. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 52 Points
3. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 48 Points
4. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 42 Points
5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 31 Points
6. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 27 Points
7. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 24 Points
8. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 18 Points
9. Dany Torres ESP RFME KTM 18 Points
10. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM 16 Points
11. Gabriel Villegas CHL FMC KTM 16 Points
12. Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 12 Points
13. Rich Kearns USA AMA Kawasaki 10 Points
14. Martin Koren CZE ACCR KTM 7 Points





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