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FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
NIGHT of the JUMPs
Story by Oliver Franke
Pics by Sandra Steh (www.steh.de)

15.9.2007 Night of the Jumps Metz/France

Ailo Gaup wins ahead of both French Remi Bizouard and Brice Izzo

With the first contest after the summer break the NIGHT of the Jumps started in Metz into it’s second half of the season. The IFMXF premiere in Metz was the 7th round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship.

With Ailo Gaup the current leader of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships started. Next to him the French riders Remi Bizouard, Ludovic Guillou, Brice Izzo, brother of Romain Izzo and the 17 year old Davis Rinaldo. Romain Izzo had to pass after a crash within the week. His free place was given to German Freddy Peters. The two Germans Lukas Weis and Fabian Bauersachs, Norway Oystein Kjorstad, Swedish Fredrik Johansson, Belgium Jimmy Verburgh and Libor Podmol from Czech Republic completed the field of riders.

Ailo Gaup The qualification in Metz got into a backflip try out. Whip Flip by Fabian Bauersachs - Underflip by Ailo Gaup - Heelclicker Flip by Freddy Peters, Oystein Kjorstad, Ailo Gaup and Fredrik Johansson – Cordova Flip by Libor Podmol - Superman Backflip by Freddy Peters, Oystein Kjorstad, Brice Izzo and Ailo Gaup – Tsunami Indian Air Flip by Remi Bizouard – Superman Indian Air Flip by Brice Izzo and Cliffhanger Flip by Ailo Gaup.

In this amazing Backflip-Battle Remi Bizouard, Ailo Gaup, Brice Izzo, Libor Podmol, Lukas Weis and Fredrik Johansson made it into the final.

German Lukas Weis won the Whip contest ahead of French Ludovic Guilou. And the German won the Highest Air with 6,20 meter ahead of Libor with 76,00 meter.

Fredrik Johansson opened the final. As first IFMXF rider he started with a Four-Stroke 250 ccm-Bike. Massive Sound but hart for the track. With Whip, 9-O-Clock Indian Air, Whip Backflip, Sidewinder Indian Air, 1-Hand Flip, Tsunami, 9-O-Clock, Stripper to 1-Hand-Landing, Surfer and Heelclicker Flip he got 239 points and ended up 4th.

German Lukas Weis was next. Surfer to Heelclicker, Whip, Airwalk, Cliffhanger, No-Foot Backflip, 9-O-Clock, Backflip, Double Seatgrab, Sidewinder Indian Air and 1-Hand Take Of to Seatgrab Indian Air to 1-Hand-Landing. That was close but not enough to beat Johansson. With 237 points he got 5th.

Romain Izzo

Libor Podmol had problems in his final run. 1-Hand-Take-Of to Seatgrab Indian Air, Tsunami, No-Hand Flip, Flintstone, 1-Hand Flip, Rock Solid Indian Air, Whip Flip, a missed Cordova Flip, Cliffhanger to No-Hand-Landing and a crash at his Cliffhanger Backflip. With 196 points he only reached 6th position. Then it was up to Brice Izzo, IFMXF Newcomer and brother of Romain Izzo. With 1-Hand Sidewinder Indian Air, No-Hand Backflip, Nac Flip to 1-Hand-Landing, Rock Solid, Cliffhanger, Whip, Heelclicker Flip, Superman Indian Air Backflip, Cordova Flip and a Superman Flip in Double-Up. At his IFMXF premier he reached 290 points and third position.

„Iceman“ Ailo Gaup was highly motivated, to defend his leadership in the World Championship. Heelclicker Flip, Whip, Superman Flip, 9-O-Clock, Holyman, Cordova Flip, Can Can Flip to 1-Hand-Landing, Cliffhanger, Heelclicker Flip, Underflip to 1-Hand-Landing. 305 points meant first position so far.

So it was on Remi to win the French FMX-Worldcup. He started with a injured shoulder. 1-Hand Seatgrab Scorpion Style, 9-O-Clock, Scorpion Tsunami Indian Air, No-Hand Sideshow, Heelclicker Flip, Whip, No-Hand Backflip, Rock Solid to Seatgrab and a Scorpion Tsunami Backflip in the Double Up. He missed one trick and could only reach second position (290 points).

With this victory Ailo Gaup extended his lead in the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships with 113 points. Eight points behind French Remi Bizouard follows. Vice World Champion Libor Podmol with current 88 points is 3rd ahead of Romain Izzo with 76 points.

Metz, 16th September 2007

Ailo Gaup wins second day in Metz

On Sunday the Freestyle Motocross elite meet again at Arena Metz for the NIGHT of the Jumps. It was the 8th round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship.

Again the FMX riders fought out their backflip battle. This time Ailo Gaup, Brice Izzo, Remi Bizouard, Libor Podmol, Fabian Bauersachs and Oystein Kjorstad made it into the final.

Same as Saturday Lukas Weis won the Whip Contest. But in the Highest Air he lost against Libor Podmol (6,50 Meter).

Oystein Kjorstad opened the final. The Norway did a Nac Flip, 9-O-Clock, Tsunami, No-Foot Flip, 1-Hand Flip, Heelclicker Flip, 1-Hand Seatgrab Indian Air, Saran Wrap to 1-Hand-Landing and a Superman Backflip. 251 points put him on 6th position.

Libor Podmol

German Fabian Bauersachs reached a good final run. Double Seatgrab, McMetz to 1-Hand-Landing, Rock Solid, 1-Hand Flip, Flintstone to 1-Hand-Landing, Whip Backflip, Lazyboy, No-Foot Flip, Cliffhanger to 1-Hand-Landing and Tsunami in the Double-Up. With 263 points he beated Oystein and got 5th.

Libor Podmol had a much better run as saturday. 1-Hand-Take-Of to Seatgrab Indian Air, Tsunami, No-Hand Flip, Double Seatgrab, Flintstone, Whip Backflip, Cordova Flip, 1-Hand Flip to 1-Hand Landing, Rock Solid, Cliffhanger to No-Hand-Landing and a Cliffhanger Backflip. 272 points put him on the podium.

Remi Bizouard would have been next. But as he crashed at the landing of his last qualification jump, his shoulder injury come up again, so he could not start and ended up on 6th position.

So French Brice Izzo had to fight for his home crowd. With Funbox to 1-Hand Seatgrab Indian Air, No-Hand Backflip, Nac Flip to 1-Hand-Landing, Rock Solid, Cliffhanger, Whip, Heelclicker Flip, Superman Indian Air Backflip, Can Can Flip and a Superman Flip in the Double-Up he became 297 points and went onto the hotseat.

Now it was on Ailo Gaup to beat Izzo. Ailo had problems with his first trick and could turn it into a No-Foot Flip. But from his second trick on his run was nearly perfect. Whip, Superman Flip, 9-O-Clock, Holygrab, Heelclicker Flip to Nose-Wheelie, Holyman, Cordova Flip, 1-Hand Seatgrab and a Underflip to Nose-Wheelie in the Double-Up. With this run he had to win and this was credited by the French audience. They celebrated the Ex-Iceman and now named himself „A.M.G.“ together with their local hero Brice Izzo.


The winner | IFMXF WC Metz 2007

With this victory Ailo Gaup extended his lead in the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships to 20 points ahead of Remi Bizouard. Following on 3rd position Libor Podmol and Romain Izzo.

FACTS Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs - Metz, Sept. 15th 2007

Qualification
1 Rémi Bizouard FRA 253.0
2 Ailo Gaup NOR 251.0
3 Brice Izzo FRA 250.0
4 Libor Podmol CZE 233.0
5 Lukas Weis GER 225.0
6 Fredrik Johansson SWE 220.0
7 Fabian Bauersachs GER 216.0
8 Oystein Kjorstad NOR 215.0
9 Frederik Peters GER 186.0
10 Jimmy Verburgh BEL 159.0
11 Ludovic Guillou FRA 152.0
12 David Rinaldo FRA 147.0

Results Final
1 Ailo Gaup NOR 305.0
2 Rémi Bizouard FRA 290.0
3 Brice Izzo FRA 290.0
4 Fredrik Johansson SWE 239.0
5 Lukas Weis GER 237.0
6 Libor Podmol CZE 196.0

 


FACTS Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs - Metz, Sept. 16th 2007

Qualification
1 Ailo Gaup NOR 246.0
2 Brice Izzo FRA 240.0
3 Rémi Bizouard FRA 230.0
4 Libor Podmol CZE 224.0
5 Fabian Bauersachs GER 214.0
6 Oystein Kjorstad NOR 207.0
7 Fredrik Johansson SWE 207.0
8 Lukas Weis GER 201.0
9 Frederik Peters GER 170.0
10 David Rinaldo FRA 159.0
11 Jimmy Verburgh BEL 153.0
12 Ludovic Guillou FRA 148.0

Results Final

1 Ailo Gaup NOR 312.0
2 Brice Izzo FRA 297.0
3 Libor Podmol CZE 272.0
4 Fabian Bauersachs GER 263.0
5 Oystein Kjorstad NOR 261.0
6 Rémi Bizouard FRA 0.0




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