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NIGHT of the JUMPS Berlin
Story by Oliver Franke


5.4.2008 Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs Berlin

Berlin, 05th April 2008: On saturday evening the entire elite in Freestyle Motocross met a the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs in Berlin. 8.000 people celebrated the 14 FMX-riders out of 8 nations in the Max-Schmeling Arena for the first German IFMXF contest 2008. And the field of riders was the best ever to start on German ground, e.g. Dubai X Games winner Greg Hartman (USA), Jack Rowe (USA), the leader of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship André Villa (NOR), X Games contender Remi Bizouard (FRA), two times Vice World Champion Libor Podmol (CZE) and Fredrik Johansson (SWE).

Under this huge number of Worldclass athletes the riders had to give their best already in the qualifying. Suzuki Teamrider André Villa did it best followed by Romain Izzo, Jack Rowe, Remi Bizouard, Greg Hartman and Lukas Weis into the final.
Berlin local hero Freddy Peters did not made it into the final. But he showed his first longdistance flips, one as Heelclicker, so the crowd celebrated him. After the qualifying the crowd saw the ADAC Fahrsicherheitszentrum Berlin/Brandenburg Whip- and the Snow Funpark Wittenburg Highest Air-Contest. Best "Whipper" was German Lukas Weis, who also won the Snow Funpark Wittenburg step up with 8,0 meters

Within the break Berlin saw an IFMXF premiere with the MVS Zeppelin caterpillar Freestyle Show. In the final German Lukas Weis did a good run beating X Games winner Greg Hartman. Hartman did his Indy and the Switchblade flip, but failed a trick and got only 6th position. 2nd US-boy Jack Rowe pushed with Cordova 1-Hand Seatgrab, Cordova and Superman Flip but today it was not enough. He ended up 4th.

Todays playground was set for both French riders Remi Bizouard and Romain Izzo as well for André Villa from Norway. Romain did a Superman Seatgrab Flip in the Double-up, Remi his Ruler Flip from X Games 2007. And this only 2 weeks back on his bike after his shoulder surgery! Villa made a huge Underflip and his new Switchblade flip. Finally only three points separated the riders. Bizouard won ahead of Villa and Izzo got 3rd.
On sunday the riders meet again for the 2nd round of the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs in Berlin.

André Villa strikes back and wins 2nd round of the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs in Berlin. Berlin, 06th April 2008: On sunday the fight for points of the IFMXF world ranking went on at the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs in Berlin. 5.000 people came to watch the Freestyle battle in the Max-Schmeling arena.


6.4.2008 Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs Berlin

14 of the worlds best FMX athletes had to give their best already in the qualifying to make it into the final. This nabbed Remi Bizouard. The winner of the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs Saturday crashed at the landing of his Cliffhanger flip, so he was out. Most surprising rider in the qualifying was Italian Massimo Bianconcini. He was 9th on Saturday, but on Sunday he reached 2nd position with Super- and NoHand-Flips.

Winner of the qualification was Suzuki Teamrider André Villa, who did an unbelievable 1-Hand Underflip.

Next to them both US-Boys Jack Rowe and Greg Hartman, Fredrik Johansson (SWE) and Libor Podmol (CZE) made it into the final.
After the qualifying the crowd saw the ADAC Fahrsicherheitszentrum Berlin/Brandenburg Whip- and the Snow Funpark Wittenburg Highest Air-Contest. Best "Whipper" was German Lukas Weis, who also won the Snow Funpark Wittenburg step up with 7,0 meters. And with the MVS Zeppelin caterpillar Freestyle Show the people was warmed up for the final.Two times Vice World Champion Libor Podmol opened the final. With his Cordova-, Heelclicker- and NoHand-Flips he came back after his injury.

But this was only enough for 6th place. X Games winner Greg Hartman at his third IFMXF contest couldn’t again reach the podium. And this by doing Superman Indy and Switchblade flips, so you can see what kind of quality the European Freestylers have.

Fredrik Johansson, Massimo Bianconcini and Jack Rowe did their signiture tricks in the final runs. But on this day no one could reach the leader of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships André Villa from Norway.

He did his new Switchblade flip, a massive Underflip in the Double-up plus his brandnew Suicide flip. The jury gave him 302 points which meant a lead of 33 points to second Jack Rowe. Third got Massimo Bianconcini.

In two weeks the IFMXF travel to Graz for the next rounds of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships (18th/19th April). Next IFMXF contest on German ground will be the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs in Krefeld on the 26th April.

FACTS NIGHT of the JUMPs - Berlin, 05. April 2008

Results Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
1 Rémi Bizouard FRA 297.0
2 André Villa NOR 296.0
3 Romain Izzo FRA 294.0
4 Jack Rowe USA 276.0
5 Lukas Weis GER 246.0
6 Greg Hartman USA 238.0

Results Qualifikation
1 André Villa NOR 246.0
2 Romain Izzo FRA 239.0
3 Jack Rowe USA 238.0
4 Rémi Bizouard FRA 235.0
5 Greg Hartman USA 217.0
6 Lukas Weis GER 212.0
7 Fabian Bauersachs GER 212.0
8 Fredrik Johansson SWE 210.0
9 Massimo Bianconcini ITA 201.0
10 Frederik Peters GER 189.0
11 Oystein Kjorstad NOR 187.0
12 Libor Podmol CZE 177.0
13 Bartosz Oglaza POL 164.0
14 Hannes Ackermann GER 146.0

Results Whip Contest
1 Lukas Weis GER
2 Massimo Bianconcini ITA
3 Fredrik Johansson SWE
4 Bartosz Oglaza POL

Results Highest Air Contest
1 Rémi Bizouard FRA 2.97 m
2 André Villa NOR 2.96 m
3 Romain Izzo FRA 2.94 m
4 Jack Rowe USA 2.76 m
5 Lukas Weis GER 2.46 m
6 Greg Hartman USA 2.38 m

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FACTS NIGHT of the JUMPs - Berlin, 06. April 2008

Results Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
1. André Villa NOR RFME Suzuki 302 Points
2. Jack Rowe USA DMSB Suzuki 269 Points
3. Massimo Bianconcini ITA DMSB Hondo 266 Points
4. Fredrik Johansson SWE SVEMO Suzuki 266 Points
5. Greg Hartmann USA DMSB Yamaha 259 Points
6. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 251 Points

Results Qualifikation
1. André Villa NOR RFME Suzuki 257 Points
2. Massimo Bianconcini ITA DMSB Hondo 244 Points
3. Greg Hartmann USA DMSB Yamaha 237 Points
4. Fredrik Johansson SWE SVEMO Suzuki 234 Points
5. Jack Rowe USA DMSB Suzuki 233 Points
6. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 231 Points
7. Romain Izzo FRA FFM Kawaski 229 Points
8. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 225 Points
9. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 220 Points
10. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 216 Points
11. Oystein Kjorstad NOR NMF KTM 209 Points
12. Freddy Peters GER DMSB Suzuki 199 Points
13. Bartosz Oglaza POL PZM Suzuki 161 Points
14. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 147 Points

Results Whip Contest
1. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki
2. Massimo Bianconcini ITA DMSB Honda
3. André Villa NOR RFME Suzuki
3. Bartosz Oglaza POL PZM Suzuki

Results Highest Air Contest
1. Lukas Weis GER 7,00 Meter
2. Libor Podmol CZE 5,50 Meter
3. Bartosz Oglaza POL 5,50 Meter




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