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FMX world series finale!

The final round of the NIGHT of the JUMPs season wrapped up in spectacular fashion at the Ergo Arena, Gdansk on Saturday night. 10 Freestyle motocross athletes from eight nations fought for the final points of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship season.

 All 10 athletes who competed at the 11th round of the World Championships wanted to bring their biggest tricks and show what they will have in store for the new season next year.

With the new World ChampionMaikel Melero already crowned at the last round in China and Silver awarded to Rob Adelberg, the focus was on a two-man battle between Remi Bizouard (FRA) and Petr Pilat (CZE) for the Bronze Medal. There was only one point separating the two riders before the season finale. In the qualifying, both of them showed their biggest tricks to secure a place in the finals. Brice Izzo (FRA), Leonardo Fini (ITA), Adelberg and Melero joined them in the final round. Newcomer Ryan Brown (AUS) showed great style but unfortunately had some bike problems and washed out on the landing of his flair to finish in a close seventh position.

In the final, Brice Izzo rode solidly and moved past Leonardo Fini, who crashed on his California Roll on the last jump of his run. Rob Adelberg also had a small mistake when he bobbled on the Cliffhanger Flip. He was able to regain composure and finish his run with the Cordova Egg Roll and California Roll to No Hand Lander, some of the most technical tricks of the night. It just wasn’t enough for the day’s podium after Petr Pilat brought his first ever Flair to competition in the final to finish in 3rd place.

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The biggest surprise of the evening went to Remi Bizouard. The three-time World Champion suffered a broken hand weeks earlier and battled through four World Championship rounds picking up only minor placings while he was only able to jump and barely perform any tricks. But with a few more weeks of recovery, he surprised everybody by showing his biggest tricks including the Egg Roll, Ruler Flip, Cliffhanger Flip and Volt in the Double Up. The Frenchman secured the third place overall for the World Championship rankings and pushed Petr Pilat back to the unenviable position of 4th overall in the tightest of match-ups.

But it would just not be enough for Bizouard to take the win on the night. Maikel Melero was able to outshine the French rider with his Flair, Lazyboy Flip and Melero Roll to take out his 10th win from 11 events in the 2016 season. With 200 points on his World Championship account, he collected the maximum points on offer for the season. No other rider has dominated so much in the 10 year history of the FIM World Championships

The NIGHT of the JUMPs crew and riders will take a short Winter break and return for a new season which starts on the 28th of January, 2017, with the start of the World Championship in Basel, followed by the double event in Berlin (4/5th February, 2017).

NIGHT of the JUMPs/FIM Freestyle MX World Championship

Gdansk, 18th November 2016 – Round 11

Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final

  1. Maikel Melero      ESP     RFME          KTM          391 Points
  2. Remi Bizouard      FRA     RFME          Kawasaki     391 Points
  3. Petr Pilat      CZE     ACCR          KTM          378 Points
  4. Rob Adelberg          AUS         MA                  Yamaha         366 Points
  5. Brice Izzo          FRA         FFM                  Yamaha         314 Points
  6. Leonardo Fini      ITA     OSK          KTM          273 Points

FIM Freestyle MX World Championship final rankings

  1. Maikel Melero      ESP     RFME          Yamaha     200 Points
  2. Rob Adelberg      AUS     MA          Yamaha     158 Points
  3. Remi Bizouard      FRA     FFM          Kawasaki     137 Points
  4. Petr Pilat          CZE         ACCR                  KTM                  134 Points
  5. David Rinaldo      FRA     FFM          Yamaha     106 Points
  6. Brice Izzo      FRA     FFM          Yamaha     91 Points
  7. Pat Bowden      AUS     MA          Yamaha     76 Points
  8. Libor Podmol      CZE     ACCR          Yamaha     70 Points
  9. Hannes Ackermann GER         DMSB                  KTM                  69 Points
  10. Marc Pinyol      ESP     RFME          Yamaha     67 Points
  11. Luc Ackermann GER         DMSB                  Husqvarna         55 Points
  12. Jose Miralles      ESP     RFME          KTM          49 Points
  13. Leonardo Fini      ITA     OSK          KTM          43 Point

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