A drama filled night

A drama filled night concluded in unbelievable style at the French NIGHT of the JUMPs World Championships round, with the French crowd getting behind David Rinaldo for an emphatic win in front of the current series leader, Maikel Melero and first time World Championships competitor, Japan’s Taka Higashino. However it was the arrival of one of the regular French riders, Brice Izzo with his own Quarter Pipe for a Flip Transfer, an element of Course Use never seen before at NOTJ and add even more pressure to a round featuring one of the toughest rider line-ups in World Championships history.

In front of his home nation crowd, Brice would unveil a brand new trick, the Nac-nac Flip Transfer, otherwise known as the Egg Roll Nac, but he was unable to successfully land it for the Double Up and missed out on a top 6 final berth.

Not to be outdone, Germany’s Hannes Ackermann surprised everybody with two new tricks for him personally, a flat 360 over the super kicker and finishing with an Egg Roll of his own, but with an equal score of 331 and tied with Remi Bizouard, Hannes lost due to a 5-judge countback decision and it was by the slightest of margins that Remi would join the final in front of his French family and friends.

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Fifth world championship contest

Just one week after the two back-to-back Polish Grands Prix in Krakow, the world championship contestants convene for the next NIGHT of the JUMPs jamboree. This fifth world championship contest of the season in the world’s most extreme freestyle motocross series is making its comeback in France after an eight-year absence. The last showdown on French soil was in Metz back in 2007. The competition calendar now includes a new venue – the city of Tours.

FMX fans are excited about the prospects for the fifth round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship, which promises to be another thrilling encounter. After the ‘Battle of the Body Varials’ in Poland, which featured two Volt premieres from Rinaldo and Podmol, expectations are running high for the Grand Hall de Tours. Not least because Taka Higashino, one of the world’s leading FMX showmen, will be making his NIGHT of the JUMPs debut. In addition to the California Roll, the Japanese superstar also has the Rock Solid Flip in his box of tricks. He could be one of the first newcomers to the series to rocket straight to the top of the podium.

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Rinaldo stuns the competition

Without training to victory – Rinaldo stuns the competition Two huge days of competitions in Poland ended on Saturday in spectacular fashion at the NIGHT of the JUMPs World Championships, especially with the return of David Rinaldo who was dealt a cruel blow of being stranded at home the previous day, following airline pilot’s strikes. The 2013 World Champion got off to a cold start after arriving only one hour before show-time and missing the official practise, but David was given one test jump per ramp in front of a sold out Krakow Arena before commencing his qualifying run. And what happened next was nothing short of unbelievable. Rinaldo laid down almost all of his huge technical tricks, including one of the biggest Double Hart Attack Flips ever seen. David landed in 4th position and directly into the final, a feat that has never happened before in the history of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships, with a rider coming into the finals without prior training.

But this was not enough for Rinaldo, and in the final the Frenchman shocked the entire competition as he threw down his California Roll and Double Hart Attack Flip in the run, and finishing his run with a second body varial, the “Volt”. After premiering the Volt for the first time in competition, it also impressed the current Championship leader, Maikel Melero. The reigning World Champion had two major mistakes in his final, and had to be satisfied with a 5th place.

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World Championship series

It was exactly 2 weeks after the start of the new World Championship series in Berlin that the Freestyle MX pilots would meet again in NIGHT of the JUMPs in Krakow, Poland. The series would heat up with the return of Hannes Ackermann (GER) and James Carter (USA) from a bout of influenza at the previous round and intervene in the championship battle. However in Krakow unfortunately David Rinaldo (FRA) and Petr Pilat (CZE) would not be able to contest the 3rd round. The Frenchman and 2013 World Champion was a victim of current airline pilot strikes and the Czech rider suffered a devastating crash in his final practise on Thursday at his home, requiring a flight to hospital. (We are wishing Petr all the very best and a speedy return).

With both riders unable to start, it gave our 2015 shooting star, Filip Podmol another starting position but he would dislocate his shoulder on a Tsunami Flip and he wouldn’t make a final spot. Remi Bizouard would also begin his World Championship campaign, and Marcin Lukaszczyk would get his start as the local Polish rider to join the grid but he didn’t have enough in his repertoire to make the final, despite the frenzied cheers from his countrymen.

The current World Championship leader, Melero (ESP) wanted to set the direction for his third victory and in qualifying surprised everyone by unleashing his California Roll early and also including Double Grab Flip. It was this surprise that saw him lead qualifying, followed by Adelberg and Podmol. Remi Bizouard, Brice Izzo and Hannes Ackermann were also able to enjoy their first World Championship finals in 2015.

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Brilliant Season Opener

After the brilliant season opener in Berlin, the NIGHT of the JUMPs entourage is now heading for the Krakow Arena in Poland for the second world championship weekend of the year. Poland long ago established itself as a regular host to the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship, and Krakow has now joined the tour schedule as an additional venue in the country for the 2015 campaign.

The freestyle motocross premiere in the city on the Vistula promises to be an explosive mix of high-performance sport and spectacular showmanship. Five world champions have made it known that they will be competing at Krakow. Most prominent among them is reigning champion Maikel Melero who won both the opening Grands Prix in Berlin with his new Melero Roll, thereby starting the new season as he finished the old – on top of the table. The recent birth of Melero junior seems to have given him an extra boost of motivation.

But Melero will be only too well aware of the 2013 world champion David Rinaldo breathing down his neck. The diminutive Frenchman has introduced a new trick into his world championship routine, namely the Rock Solid Flip, and must surely fancy his chances of dislodging Melero from his perch.

Season opener in Mexico City

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At the season opener in Mexico City, Australia’s Clinton Moore stunned the field to claim his first Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour win. New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood finished second and Thomas Pagès of France completed the podium in front of a sold-out crowd of 38,000. 

MEXICO CITY (Mexico) – Clinton Moore was on the hunt for his first Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour podium, and in Mexico on Friday night he got that and more. A sold-out crowd of 38,000 gave the Australian the ovation of a lifetime as he stood on top of the podium ahead of three former World Tour champions, New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood in second, Frenchman Thomas Pagès in third, and Dany Torres of Spain in fourth. 

In six previous starts in the world’s most prestigious freestyle motocross series, the inked Aussie had always shown potential, but he’d never made it past the Quarter Finals. This year, he put all his big tricks, like the Bundy body varial and a Flair off the quarter pipe, into the same run – and that made the difference. He beat Sherwood, who wrote history by landing the first Transfer Flip ever done in competition, by the narrowest of margins. 

The event marked the ten-year anniversary of Red Bull X-Fighters in Mexico City, and the level of the tricks exceeded anything ever seen in the Monumental Plaza de Toros. Moore, 26, said, “I knew I finally made it when I saw the confetti coming down. I’m in heaven.” 

The 2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour continues in Athens, Greece (12 June), Madrid, Spain (10 July), Pretoria, South Africa (12 September), and the United Arab Emirates (30 October). 

The replay of Red Bull X-Fighters Mexico City is available on redbullxfighters.com and Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices, and more. For a full list of supported devices, visit about.redbull.tv

Red Bull X-Fighters Mexico City Final Results: 

1. Clinton Moore (AUS), Levi Sherwood (NZL),  3. Thomas Pagès (FRA), 4. Dany Torres (ESP), 5. Rémi Bizouard (FRA),  6. Adam Jones (USA), 7. Javier Villegas (CHI), 8. Brody Wilson (USA), 9. Jeremy Rouanet (FRA), 10. Harry Bink (AUS), 11. Erick Ruiz (MEX), 12. Mat Rebeaud (SUI) 

Pictures: Predrag Vuckovic, Joerg Mitter, Sebastian Marko 


Additional Rider Quotes:

  1. Clinton Moore has never made it into a Red Bull X-Fighters semi final, even though everybody knew he was capable of a podium finish. Tonight he has proven that he is able to not only pull one clean run, but three rund with his amazing arsenal of tricks together, taking home his first ever win. „It is such an amazing feeling being up there and knowing to have won. I had a bad start here last year and was hoping to make top five this year, but now I am number one! Words can’t describe that! Everybody was telling me in the past that I just have to put one solid run in and that was my focus for this event. I finally did it, that is what I keep telling to myself, I finally did it! My dream is reality now. With this win I will just try to stay focused and continue to bring consistent runs for the rest of the year. Last year I had too much pressure with bringing new tricks, so this year I will just try to bring my A-game and make it smooth and see what happens. This is what has happened and I came number one.
  2. Levi Sherwood premiered his new trick, the Transfer Flip, off the quarterpipe and stepped it up in the final with a onehanded transfer flip. „It was awesome out there, I liked the course, flowed good and it is the first time in a long time that I felt like I could not have ridden much better. I am pretty bummed with second place though, but I can only go on to the next round. My new trick is not really a new trick, more a new jump that I introduced into FMX. That is what I hope to bring this year and over the next years: to slowly open up the courses and make it a bit different.“
  3. Tom Pagès had to deal with fever on qualification day, but felt better today. „ Because of the altitude and lack of power in the bike I could not do my new trick, the Alley Oop Flair, here. I really enjoyed riding for the first time in a long time since I had no stress with a new best trick. The season is long and my new trick will come soon. And Clinton was the best rider today, so it is okay that he kicked me out in the semifinals.“
  4. Dany Torres showed the Rock Solid Backflip for the first time in competition, but two little mistakes in the semifinals kept his chances for the final low. „I am really happy with the result since I still feel not 100%. But I feel really comfortable with this track and my new bike, the two-stroke. I am also happy about my Rock Solid Backflip, even though it was not a big one. After my mistake I knew it was difficult to beat Levi Sherwood, because I think he is the best rider right now.“ 
  5. Remi Bizouard lost the quarter final versus Dany Torres by only 0.1 points in the energy category, the tightest decision of the event. „My week in Mexico went very well, I could not get in a lot of practice before the event because of bad weather, so I rode relaxed and tried to do the best. I am happy with 5th place. Dany has a big name here and the crowd here loves him. Now it’s a while until the next stop and I will get some good practice in.“
  6. Adam Jones served a great package of his technical, well extended tricks. „I felt like I did ride really good, shoveled a little in the beginning, but pulled it together in the end. I wish we could get in more than only six runs in a run, but I did everything that I wanted to do. Facing Tom Pagès I knew that was the end of the night for me, but that is fine for me since he keeps progressing the sport. I am happy to have made the finals and deliver a good run.“
  7. Javier Villegas finished 7th for the third time in Mexico in his competition comeback after two bad injuries. „It seems to become a tradition here in Mexico that I finish in 7th place. I have not been in a competition for more than one year now and I am happy to be back with the best in the world. I am happy that I made it straight into the finals and my tricks have been better than ever, but everyone else improved a lot, so it is getting harder and harder.“
  8. Brody Wilson advanced through the first round by winning it. „This has been my best experience in Red Bull X-Fighters by far, I never made it into the head-to-head before. And this crowd is just amazing! After advancing to the quarterfinals I gave it my best, but kinda knew this would not be enough against Levi. But I am happy with my final run and find I represented myself very well.“
  9. Jeremy Rouanet just missed advancing to the quarter finals by 0.1 points, but celebrated a personal trick premiere. „It was the first event for me this year and it was crazy, because the bike did not work as I am used to because of the altitude. But I managed to land my first ever Superman Flair to dirt today, so it was a good experience. I decided to do it as my first trick and it was so scary, but it went well, so after it the pressure was away.“
  10. Harry Bink rode his second ever competition, the first with a real run, and amazed with a big variety of tricks including a big doublegrab backflip in the first round. „It definitely took my breathe away riding into the arena with all these crazy fans! I was happy with my riding and felt like I did the best that I could with my run. I am definitely not worried about this experience. The biggest thing I have learned is probably riding a bike with a stock rear shock – since mine got removed out of my luggage on the flight to Mexico – and adjust to the altitude. I also learned not to drink the water out of the tab, because that will put you to bed for a couple of days…“
  11. Local Hero Erick Ruiz crashed on a Volt attempt in the qualification, so decided to keep it on two wheels for the competition. „I wanted to try a new Volt combo, but crashed yesterday. My body is hurting but I could not throw the towel in front of my people. Sometimes it is good to go big, sometimes it is better to stay safe, which I decided to do today, because I had a couple of injuries in the past two years.“ 
  12. Mat Rebeaud: The 2008 Red Bull X-Fighters champion crashed during an attempt of the California Roll in his first qualification run and did not start the competition.

The next event will take place on June 12th in Athens, Greece.

Opening of the 2015 FMX World Championship season

Opening of the 2015 FMX World Championship season could not have been more spectacular. 11 of the world’s best freestyle motocross riders competed at the NIGHT of the JUMPS in the o2 World arena in Berlin for the opening round and offered visitors a hard-fought battle with many trick premieres.

The finals would feature four reigning and former World Champions, Maikel Melero (ESP), David Rinaldo (FRA), Libor Podmol (CZE) and Jose Miralles (ESP team champion). Above all, the Spanish World Champion, Melero, who in the first qualifying round debuted his new trick, the Melero Roll (Side-saddle take-off to California Roll) to claim the top spot after Qualification.

The German hopes would lay with Luc Ackermann, after his brother failed to start suffering from the flu and the home-town Berliner, Kai Haase who couldn’t perform his Body Varial variations after his 6 month break with injury. The 17-year-old Ackermann, produced a solid run including the 360 and Flair. However Luc was looking for something extra with a Surfer take-off to 9 o’clock Backflip in the Double-Up, but he wasn’t able to land it and crashed, therefore putting him out of the race.

Insider news Red Bull X-Fighters Mexico City

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Track Update:

– a 3rd Quarter Pipe got installed, so now the track consists of 2 regular ramps, 1 Superkicker and 3 Quarterpipes. Never before have been so many Quarterpipes included in a FMX competition course!

– check the track building clip as well as the spicy track explanation clip with Ronnie Renner and all the other clips in the Red Bull X-Fighters Newsroom. You can share them through the Red Bull X-Fighters Facebook page or the website:

Track building: http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_INT/video/bullring-fmx-track-14-days-0 

Track Explanation with Ronnie Renner: http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_INT/video/brand-new-set-plaza-de-toros

Teaser Jump:

– Mat Rebeaud (SUI), Harry Bink (AUS) and Brody Wilson (USA) met the „Dance of the Flyers“ for our Teaser Jump and created some amazing photos, that you can also find in the Red Bull X-Fighters Newsroom or http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_INT/article/high-flying-action-mexico.

Practice Update:

Our 12 athletes all look ready to rock at tonights qualification, here a quick first impression after yesterdays track testing session and todays morning practice sessions. You will find pictures in the Red Bull X-Fighters Newsroom.

Levi Sherwood: The 2012 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour champion has surprised everyone with a very big new trick off the quarter pipe. He has succesfully landed it in the track test session and we expect him to land it for the first time in competition at tonights qualification. So expect FMX history to be re-written tonight and in tomorrows main competition.

Tom Pagès: The 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour champion is set to continue the progression of FMX as he launched his newest trick, the Alley Oop Flair in a video leading up to the season kick-off here in Mexico. But he does not only have a new trick in his pocket, he also shipped his revolutionary FMX bike to Mexico. The bike is a Yamaha YZ 250, but he modified it extremely to save about 15 kg in weight compared to the stock machine, that is another revolution out of camp Pagès. Also check http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_INT/article/lightest-freestyle-bike-ever for more about Toms stunning bike!

Dany Torres: The 2011 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour champion has switched back to the lighter 250 ccm two-stroke machine and is feeling well on his KTM 250 SX. He got metal removed out of his body during winter time and is in good shape.

Mat Rebeaud: The 2008 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour champion has proved that you can teach an old dog new tricks and he succesfully landed his first California Roll to dirt during yesterdays track test session. Don’t count the former Mexico winner out!

Clinton Moore: The australian has shown a high riding level last year, but struggled to transform it to podium results. But he knows he as able to crack the top three and has the tricks to get that mission completed.

Remi Bizouard: The frenchman had a good season start in Europe, leading the european championships and is ready to continue with his good run. After his first ever Red Bull X-Fighters podium last year in Japan, he is hungry for more.

Adam Jones: the technical rider from USA got his shoulder fixed during wintertime and had good practice sessions leading up to the Red Bull X-Fighters kick-off.

Javier Villegas: Javier is healed up after his bad luck of inuries of last season and wants to get back to where he has been before.

Brody Wilson: the US-native wins the hearts of the fans with his big extensions and a lot of style. Being known for his freeriding skills Brody is determined to show that he also has the tricks to convince the judges in the tight bullfighting ring.

Jeremy Rouanet: The practice partner of Tom Pagès has shown great progress in the past seasons and also has big quarterpipe tricks in his sleeve, a must-have for the podium nowadays. He might surprise!

Harry Bink: the young australian fella is celebrating his Red Bull X-Fighters premiere in Mexico and experiencing the problems that international travel can cause since some of his bike parts got lost on the flight. But the 20 year old is determined to make his name stick in the FMX fans minds.

Erick Ruiz: the young mexican local rider stuck the first latin american „Volt“ during last years event and for this year he is planning to show another body varial during the competition.

So the competitions is looking to be tight and innovative and tonights qualification will likely show some trick premiers. You can follow the live results at redbullxfighters.com.

Live Broadcast

You are not amongst the 38,000 screaming fans in the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City on March 6th? Catch the live broadcast of the spectacular Red Bull X-Fighters season opener on Red Bull TV and  redbullxfighters.com.

Red Bull TV will broadcast from the Quarter Finals on starting 9:30 pm CST. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit http://about.redbull.tv/

And here is a special treat for our hard-core FMX fans: See all the runs from 1st round exclusive on redbullxfighters.com at 9:00 pm CST.

Starting Times Red Bull TV around the world:

March 6: Canada: 10:30 pm EST || 

March 7: Brasil: 12:30 am BRT | UK: 3:30 am GMT | Europe: 4:30 am CET | UAE: 7:30 am GST | Japan: 12:30 pm JST | Australia: 2:30 pm AEST | New Zealand: 4.30 pm NZST

Remember: The exclusive 1st round coverage on www.redbullxfighters.com starts half an hour earlier. 

Please note that the broadcast is geo-blocked in the USA, but will be shown exclusively on Fox Sports 1

Video on Demand: The entire competition will be available as a VoD right after the event on redbullxfighters.com and Red Bull TV. In the US right after the event was aired on Fox Sport 1.

FMX European Championship

Rounding off the second of two double bill FMX European Championship weekends in Austria, those magnificent men on their flying machines delivered yet another unparalleled display of trick cycling.

And once again, the youngsters in the line-up – Filip Podmol and Luc Ackermann – made it through to the final. Podmol junior qualified with an Underflip, a Surfer Tsunami Flip and various other tricks learnt from his big brother to take a sensational fourth place. Luc had problems again with his Cordova Flip but still managed to squeeze through into the final in sixth. Unfortunately for him, he then had a crash landing in the Lifeproof Best Whip Contest and could barely manage a couple of show jumps in the second part of the main event.

The battle for top spot was a two-way contest between Remi Bizouard and a top-qualifying Maikel Melero. Remi delighted fans and judges in equal measure with his usual precision and assured style. An exquisite Ruler Flip saw him safely past Pilat.

But then the reigning world champion from Spain struck back. Melero had clearly been struggling in the previous European fixtures, but on Sunday, he was back to form with a new triple combination: a One-hand Takeoff One-Hand Seatgrab Rock Solid to No-Hand-Landing. And with a perfect Doublegrab Flip on his last jump, the judges were convinced that he merited the victory.

This coming weekend, the NIGHT of the JUMPs

This coming weekend, the NIGHT of the JUMPs freestyle motocross stars will be wheeling out their most extravagant tricks on the temporary dirt track in the Stadthalle at Graz (Austria). The 2015 European FMX Championship kicked off last weekend at Linz and was also staged over two evenings.

The two Graz rounds will be contested by riders from three continents. James Carter (USA) will be flying the flag for North America while Steve Sommerfeld will be defending the honour of Australia, a country in which the sport is exceptionally well established. Europe will be represented by a strong contingent of reigning world champion Maikel Melero (ESP), ex-world champion Remi Bizouard (FRA), 2014 world championship runner-up Brice Izzo (FRA) and Jose Miralles (ESP).

Fans in the Stadthalle will also see a certain rider make his debut: Filip Podmol, younger brother of 2010 World Champion Libor Podmol, is getting ready for his first ever outing in NIGHT of the JUMPs. In the open qualifier at Linz last weekend, he gave a foretaste of the tricks he will be performing. Podmol junior failed to make it through to the main field by a single error on his run. He has now been booked by the organisers for Graz and will soon be trying to convince fans that he has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious elder brother.