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NIGHT of the JUMPS Graz
Story by Oliver Franke


FIM Freestyle MX WC Graz

Graz, 19th April 2008: Remi Bizouard is back in the fight for the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship. In the 3rd contest of the FMX World Championship series he beat the leader André Villa during the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs in Graz. Villa only got 3rd, while Romain Izzo recuded the arrears to six points with his 2nd place.

On saturday again the Austrian people stormed into the Schwarzhalle. This time the arena was totally sold out. The challenging and biggest Indoortrack at the FMX World Championship took everything of the riders. Again Dubai X Games winner Greg Hartman did not make it into the final. Local hero Martin Schenk did not qualify on both days for the final too. This was up to Suzuki Teamrider André Villa (NOR), Remi Bizouard (FRA), Libor Podmol (CZE), Romain Izzo (FRA), Jack Rowe (USA) and Fredrik Johansson (SWE)

In the break German Lukas Weis won the Whip-Contest. But the French connection of Izzo und Bizouard inflamed a Whip firework. They jumped from two different ramps onto one landing hill at the same time. The crowd freaked out. Czech Libor Podmol von the Highest Air contest with 8,2 meter.

For the final every the last six rider were totally motivated. Fredrik Johansson started with his 4-stroke Suzuki. Cordova Flip, Indy Flip, Heelclicker and many more put him on 5th position. US-Boy Jack Rowe made it into the final, but again he had some problems and only got 6th. Libor Podmol really did an amazing comback after his injury. With hard flip combos like Cliffhanger Flip, Cordova Flip, Indy Flip, Superman Flip and No-Hand-Flip he reached 4th place.



But again the win was up to the fantastic three from friday. And it was a close decision. The most perfect run did Remi Bizouard. With No-Hand-Flip, Heelclicker Flip, Clifffhanger Flip and Ruler Flip he won. Romain Izzo did Cordova Flip, Superman Seatgrab Flip and the Shaolin Flip and was only beaten by 1 point. Third got André Villa, who had problems at his Switchblade and could not show the No-Hand-Flip to No-Hand-Landing he did in the training.

The next points of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships will be given on May 16th and 17th at the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs in Basel, Switzeland. Next saturday the FMX athletes will come to the International Meeting at the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs in Krefeld, Germany.

Villa wins and Izzo with a Shaolin Flip

Graz, 18th April 2008: André Villa won the second contest of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships and now leads the World Championships series with 40 points. With a solid final run the the Norway guy put both French riders Remi Bizouard on 2nd and Romain Izzo on 3rd position. And this even though Romain Izzo did a Shaolin Flip in the double-up.

The entire world elite in Freestyle Motocross came to Graz for the 2nd round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships. 7.000 people celebrated the 12 FMX-Rider out of nations at the Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs in the Schwarzl arena in Unterpremstätten.

The field of riders was definitly the best, which ever started on Austrian ground at the World Championship, with 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), Romain Izzo (FRA), Fredrik Johansson (SWE) and local hero Martin Schenk (AUT).

Under this huge number of Worldclass athletes the riders had to give their best already in the qualifying. Suzuki Teamrider André Villa,Romain Izzo, Libor Podmol, Remi Bizouard, Fabian Bauersachs and Fredrik Johansson made it into the final. Both US-boys Jack Rowe and Greg Hartman had their problems and failed.

After the qualification André Villa won with incredible jumps the Whip-Contest. Czech Libor Podmol won Highest Air Contest with 8,0 meters.

In the final each rider pushed the trick level even harder, so the audience saw a Tsunami Flip from Remi Bizouard, Cordova Flip from Fredrik Johansson, a Whip Flip from Fabian Bauersachs, a Cliffhanger Flip from Libor Podmol and the already mentioned Shaolin Flip from Romain Izzo. But this was even not enough to beat André Villa on this day. With 1-Hand-Can Flip, 1-Hand Nac Flip, Switchblade Flip, Clicker Flip and his massive Underflip the Norway won with 3 points lead.


On saturday the riders will start again at the Schwarzl arena. This time for the 3rd round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship.



FACTS Suzuki NIGHT of the JUMPs –
FIM Freestyle MX World Championships – Round 2
Graz, 18th April 2008


Final
1. André Villa NOR RFME Suzuki 345 Points
2. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 342 Points
3. Romain Izzo FRA FFM Kawaski 340 Points
4. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 332 Points
5. Fredrik Johansson SWE SVEMO Suzuki 283 Points
6. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 273 Points

Qualification
1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 290 Points
2. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 289 Points
3. André Villa NOR RFME Suzuki 274 Points
4. Fredrik Johansson SWE SVEMO Suzuki 269 Points
5. Romain Izzo FRA FFM Kawaski 260 Points
6. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 253 Points
7. Greg Hartmann USA DMSB Yamaha 245 Points
8. Bartosz Oglaza POL PZM Suzuki 207 Points
9. Jack Rowe USA DMSB Suzuki 204 Points
10. Oystein Kjorstad NOR NMF KTM 167 Points
11. Martin Schenk AUT OSK Yamaha 150 Points
12. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 127 Points

Whip Contest
1. André Villa NOR RFME Suzuki
2. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki
3. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha
3. Bartosz Oglaza POL PZM Suzuki

Highest Air Contest
1. Libor Podmol CZE 8,00 Meter
1. Lukas Weis GER 7,80 Meter
3. Bartosz Oglaza POL 7,00 Meter

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

1. André Villa NOR RFME Suzuki 40 Points
2. Romain Izzo FRA FFM Kawaski 32 Points
3. Jack Rowe USA DMSB Suzuki 25 Points
4. Fredrik Johansson SWE SVEMO Suzuki 24 Points
5. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 19 Points
6. Greg Hartman USA DMSB Yamaha 19 Points
7. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 18 Points

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FIM Freestyle MX World Championships –
Graz, 19th April 2008

Final
1 Rémi Bizouard FRA 355.0
2 Romain Izzo FRA 354.0
3 André Villa NOR 351.0
4 Libor Podmol CZE 350.0
5 Fredrik Johansson SWE 310.0
6 Jack Rowe USA 308.0

Highest Air

1 Libor Podmol CZE 8.2 m
2 Bartosz Oglaza POL 7.5 m
3 Lukas Weis GER 0.0 m

Whip Contest
1 Lukas Weis GER
2 Rémi Bizouard FRA
3 Romain Izzo FRA
4 Bartosz Oglaza POL

Qualification
1 Rémi Bizouard FRA 296.0
2 André Villa NOR 290.0
3 Romain Izzo FRA 286.0
4 Libor Podmol CZE 284.0
5 Jack Rowe USA 278.0
6 Fredrik Johansson SWE 274.0
7 Greg Hartman USA 271.0
8 Fabian Bauersachs GER 254.0
9 Bartosz Oglaza POL 228.0
10 Lukas Weis GER 209.0
11 Oystein Kjorstad NOR 209.0
12 Martin Schenk AUT 131.0



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