Since 2001, NIGHT of the JUMPS has been the benchmark of freestyle motocross. In 2013, the longest-established and biggest international FMX series is set to enter the XXL bracket. Not only will the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship and FMX European Championship be contested within the framework of the forthcoming world tour, but the calendar will also extend to three continents and take in more capital cities than ever before.
As usual, the curtain-raiser to the thirteenth NIGHT of the JUMPS season will be rounds one and two of the Freestyle MX European Championship contested in the Austrian city of Linz (18th/19th January).
Lithuania makes its debut as host country on 2nd March, staging the opening round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship in the context of the first ever NIGHT of the JUMPS in Kaunas.
Just one week later, o2 World in Berlin is the venue for the two German Grand Prix competitions; this promises to be the most spectacular NIGHT of the JUMPS of all time, as Red Bull rider Petr Pilat intends to perform the first tandem backflip in World Championship history.
The freestyle elite hardly have time to draw breath before running up against each other a fortnight later in Gdansk. So after missing out in 2012, Poland is back on the World Championship calendar.
On 27th April, the third round of the Freestyle MX European Championship will be fought out in Munich. As the title chase moves into a decisive phase, all the star riders will be going for victory in the Bavarian capital. Just one week later (3rd/4th May), they will be battling for world championship points once again as the show moves on to Basel in Switzerland.
The FMX European Championship reaches its conclusion on 24th/25th May, when the FMX athletes gather at the o2 arena in Hamburg for the crowning of the 2013 champion.
On 14th/15th June, rounds 7 and 8 of the World Championship will be contested in Russia, the third time that the country has hosted the competition. The summer break in 2013 will be much shorter than usual, because an extra round of the World Championship has been slotted in to coincide with football’s Confederations Cup in Brazil. So this year’s ‘summer hols’ for the FMX pros will be only six weeks long.
The NIGHT of the JUMPS backroom staff won’t be getting much of a break, though. Instead, they will be working hard to transport all the equipment from South America to Asia, because that is where the second half of the season commences. There will be no fewer than four World Championship rounds contested in China – on the weekends of 17th/18th and 24th/25th August. NIGHT of the JUMPs will be making its debut in the Chinese capital city of Beijing. One week later, rounds 12 and 13 of the World Championship will be held, also in China.
And three weeks after that (14th September), another capital city features on the calendar. This time, it is Kiev in the Ukraine, where the FMX riders compete for vital World Championship points. Six weeks later (26th October), they return to Riga for the seventh time.
As in previous years, the gigantic season finale of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship will be held in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia (14th December).
So that fans around the world can follow events in the 2013 season and keep tabs on their favourite riders, NIGHT of the JUMPS has also upgraded media coverage. In addition to the upgraded website, a new YouTube channel went online in October 2012 (www.youtube.com/user/NIGHToftheJUMPscom); in addition to presenting the highlights and Top 3 jumps from every round, it also shows fascinating and entertaining video clips about the series.
All World Championship competitions will be transmitted live or recorded on the internet as a free stream at www.nightofthejumps.com. Furthermore, the whole concept behind the globally popular 26-minute round-up has been completely updated: from 2013, it will be 52 minutes in length and available in more than 142 countries around the world as a free TV broadcast.
But that’s not all. To guarantee the fans a fixed time slot and avoid broadcasting in the middle of the night to countries and continents in different the time zones, NIGHT of the JUMPS is about to conclude an agreement with Motors TV to show the one-hour round-up on the Wednesday after each event.
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