Krakow, March 25, 2017: The fourth round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship took place on Saturday night in the Tauron Arena, Krakow, with over 10,000 spectators watching the huge Polish round of NIGHT of the JUMPs.
With Petr Pilat unable to compete due to fracturing his foot before Krakow, Pilat’s young apprentice from the Czech Republic, Matej Cesak was able to fill in his place in the riders field to compete in his first ever NIGHT of the JUMPs competition. Cesak was able to allay all the normal jitters and nervousness before his first event to put together a safe and solid run, but he was unable to progress into the final.
The Polish flag was represented by the local rider, Marcin Lukaszczyk. The Diverse rider has been pushing to make the final round of NIGHT of the JUMPs in Poland for many years. Despite increasing his level of tricks, it was still not enough for him to make it this time.
In the Freestyle contest, everyone was excited to see the comeback of Luc Ackermann and what he could deliver. After the Red Bull rider broke his Femur six months ago, he finally returned to the World Championships in Krakow. And he returned in serious style. Landing his Egg Roll, Flair, Surfer Tsunami Flip and California Roll, the young German lifted the roof on the Tauron Arena and ending up in first place at the end of Qualifying.
Melero also landed his flair, which he boosted out of the quarter pipe, but didn’t bring the Body Varial while also making a mistake with his Cordova Flip. This combination resulted in the World Champion sitting in second for qualifying in front of his compatriot Dany Torres who brought his own Egg Roll. Even Rinaldo didn’t bother bringing his body varials and finished in fourth before the final round. Filip Podmol on the other hand had a massive run and finishing with his California Roll, securing his first ever position in the Top 6 Final with Pat Bowden taking the last spot into the finals. Filip’s older brother, Libor Podmol was lucky to even ride after surgery on his hand, but he took away 9th place points which could prove to be valuable in the World Championship season at the end of the year.
The best whip battle came down to a jump-off between Pat Bowden and Filip Podmol. The young Czech however was able to get the upper hand and turn his machine a little further inverted than the Australian and took the win in the end.
The Maxxis Highest Air competition didn’t disappoint, with Brice Izzo pushing Massimo Bianconcini to 8.50 metres. The Italian, Bianconcini, was able to make it over the 8.50 metre benchmark but the Frenchman was not able to get the height on both attempts. This resulted in Bianconcini winning another Maxxis Highest Air trophy and taking a five points advantage in the overall championship.
The Top 6 final was always about chasing down Luc’s incredible qualifying run. Pat Bowden landed his huge Hart and Double Hart Flips, while Filip Podmol landed a Hart Flip and California Roll. In the end, the Australian would overtake the Czech rider and take 5th overall. Dany Torres amazed the crowd with a Double Grab flip over the 11 metres superkicker while also utilising both quarter pipes for the Egg Roll and Flair. In the end, this was only enough for fourth place.
David Rinaldo also returned to competition after missing the two Berlin rounds with an illness, but made up for it by starting his run with a California Roll and finishing with a clean Double Hart Flip. The former World Champion from 2013 made his way back to the podium. Maikel Melero had to bring all of his big tricks to make sure he would get to the top of the podium including his California Roll, Nac Flair, Seat Grab Flip and more. Especially when Luc Ackermann would be the last rider and he brought a run full of ‘Best Tricks’ such as the Nac 360, Surfer Tsunami Flip, Seat Grab Flip, Flair and California Roll. A small mistake on the landing cost the German the victory. Still, he was incredibly satisfied with the third place with his comeback and showed an impressive return to the World Championships after a 6 mounth hiatus.
With the third win in four World Championship rounds of 2017, Maikel Melero is expanding his lead in the overall ranking. Currently Melero is sitting on top with 76 points. His closest opponent is Libor Podmol in second with 55 points and Pat Bowden in third place with 54 points.
After the event in Poland, the first rounds of the World Championship have concluded until after summer when we return on October 28th with the World Championship rounds in Shenzhen, China. The next NIGHT of the JUMPs event will be on the 22nd of April, 2017 with the international event in the Olympiahalle, Munich.
NIGHT of the JUMPs/FIM Freestyle MX World Championship
Krakow, 25th March 2017 – Round 4
Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
1. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 440 Points
2. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 424 Points
3. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 413 Points
4. Dany Torres ESP RFME KTM 402 Points
5. Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha 377 Points
6. Filip Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 353 Points
1. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 362 Points
2. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 350 Points
3. Dany Torres ESP RFME KTM 348 Points
4. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 347 Points
5. Filip Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 334 Points
6. Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha 333 Points
7. Leonardo Fini ITA PZM KTM 313 Points
8. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 293 Points
9. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 272 Points
10. Marcin Lukasczyk POL PZM Yamaha 227 Points
11. Matej Cesak CZE ACCR KTM 224 Points
Results Best Whip Contest
1. Filip Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha
2. Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha
1. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM 8,50 Meter
2. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 8,00 Meter
FIM Freestyle MX World Championship 2017
Ranking (after 4th contest)
1. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 76 Points
2. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 55 Points
3. Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha 54 Points
4. Dany Torres ESP RFME KTM 48 Points
5. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 39 Points
6. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 39 Points
7. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 35 Points
8. Leonardo Fini ITA PZM KTM 35 Points
9. Marc Pinyol ESP RFME Yamaha 26 Points
10. Filip Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 24 Points
11. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 16 Points
12. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 14 Points
13. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 12 Points
14. Ryan Brown AUS MA Kawasaki 10 Points
Credit: NIGHT of the JUMPs / Oliver Franke
Video link Best Tricks Krakau: https://youtu.be/b7TYzUp6w7U