World champion Melero fails

NIGHT of the JUMPs 2015
Spectators in the Tips Arena were treated to the greatest barrage of tricks ever seen in Linz this Friday. Twelve freestyle motocross aces from three continents battled it out at the NIGHT of the JUMPs for the first championship points.

Two Frenchmen battled it out for the win in the end. Remi Bizouard executed his Ruler Flip, Cliffhanger Flip and Hart Attack Flip Indy. However, he did not produce the Body Varial that gave him victory at the season finale in Frankfurt. Rinaldo, though, pulled off an incredible 1-Hand Hart Attack Flip to Double Grab Flip on his very first jump in the finale. Until now, that trick has only ever been successfully performed by one MX rider anywhere in the world – Levi Sherwood. Rinaldo became the clear winner of the first European championship competition when, in addition, he produced his special variation of the 1-Hand 9-O-Clock and California Roll in the double-up.

Highlights Linz 2013

NIGHT of the JUMPs 2015

Freestyle motocross riders will fly through the air, almost grazing the roof of the Tips Arena on their dirt bikes at the NIGHT of the JUMPs, January 16th/17th. Contestants will secure their first points towards the 2015 FMX championship in these two opening rounds of the Freestyle MX European championship.

German rider Hannes Ackermann is back in harness in Linz after a two-year break. The 24-year-old notched up his greatest triumph in 2013 with second place in the Tips Arena to claim his first podium in the world’s most extreme freestyle motocross series. He was narrowly beaten at the time by his buddy David Rinaldo. Injury put Hannes out of action last year, but he is now keen to celebrate his return with a repeat of the success he achieved in Linz two years ago. He is definitely a podium contender with new tricks like the Rowedova Flip and Porti Air Flip first developed by him. However, he will have to beat off stiff competition from younger brother Luc, who, last year at the NIGHT of the JUMPs in Frankfurt, just missed his maiden podium in the series by a whisker to take a sensational fourth place.

NIGHT of the JUMPs 15th season

NIGHT of the JUMPs entered its 15th season this weekend in Sofia (Bulgaria). The campaign opened with a brand new trophy at stake – the Golden Cup. In addition to the familiar individual championship, the points of the two best riders from each continent are aggregated to produce a team score.

This first round of 2015 was contested by riders from three continents. The honour of leading off went to Russia’s Nick Ivankov whose run ended in spectacular fashion. In the double-up, he attempted an extravagant Stripper Flip, but under-rotated on the landing, crashed and performed an involuntary double bodyflip. After brief attention from the medics, he was able to hobble out of the arena on his own two feet.

NIGHT of the JUMPs Bulgaria

NIGHT of the JUMPs 2015
The new NIGHT of the JUMPs season kicks off in Bulgaria on January 10th, 2015. Eleven freestyle motocross aces from four different continents will fight for vital points towards their NIGHT of the JUMPs world ranking in Sofia’s Arena Armeec. Not just one but three world champions will be in the line-up to mark the beginning of the season – Maikel Melero (ESP), David Rinaldo (FRA) and Javier Villegas (CO). For Villegas, this will be his first NIGHT of the JUMPs contest since 2012.

Spaniard Maikel Melero won the 2014 FIM Freestyle MX world championship but had to admit defeat on the day to David Rinaldo in the last race of the season. The Frenchman dominated the field with a Double Grab flip and a California Roll. It will be interesting to see if Melero can leave Rinaldo behind again in Sofia.

A big question mark hangs over Javier Villegas. Can the 2011 world champion regain his old form or will the young guns leave him for dust as far as tricks go?

NIGHT of the JUMPs 2015

NIGHT of the JUMPs 2015
The first ever NIGHT of the JUMPs took place at the Riesa Arena in 2001. In the 15 years since, virtually everyone who is anyone has competed in the world’s most extreme freestyle motocross series. Iconic figures and legends of FMX such as Mike Metzger, Mad Mike Jones, Jeremy Stenberg, Ailo Gaup, Mat Rebeaud, Ronnie Renner, Adam Jones, Mike Mason, André Villa, Matt Buyten and many more besides have gone on the chase for championship points.

In preparation for the 15th anniversary season, the NIGHT of the JUMPs organisers have recruited the most competitive line-up of riders in the history of the series. And the first name on the wish list was obviously reigning world champion Maikel Melero from Spain. The FIM Freestyle MX World Champion will be defending his title with might and main, and to be extra sure, he is working on a new box of tricks over the winter.

The man from whom he inherited the title, David Rinaldo, is also on board for the ride. The Frenchman’s presence guarantees spectators the thrill of tricks such as the California Roll and Doublegrab Flip Indy. Five-time runner-up and 2010 World Champion Libor Podmol reckons he still has what it takes. Someone else keen to add to his trophy cabinet is three-time world champion Remi Bizouard; in the final event of the 2014 season in Frankfurt, he came within a whisker of claiming his fourth world title with a superb Body Varial. This can only serve as a further incentive for the Frenchman in the forthcoming campaign. Dany Torres is another challenger intent on launching a fresh attempt at the world title after securing the 2014 Team World Championship; the individual title is the obvious next target. So there are five previous FIM Freestyle MX World Champions who must surely fancy their chances in 2015.

The 2014 FIM Freestyle MX Champion has been crowned

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The 2014 FIM Freestyle MX Champion has been crowned. NIGHT of the JUMPs on Saturday in the Frankfurt Festhalle brought the season to a close. In a thrilling finale, Spain’s Maikel Melero claimed the title of 2014 World Champion.

Ten FMX riders from five different countries contested the final round of the FMX World Championship. With Maikel Melero and Remi Bizouard separated by only eight points, the tension was already palpable in the qualifying heat, as failure for either would have brought a premature end to the title chase. But luckily for the fans, both were in excellent form to take them through to the final. As on Friday, the top qualifier was David Rinaldo. Joining him and the two main contenders were Petr Pilat, Jose Miralles and Brice Izzo.

The NIGHT of the JUMPs world tour

“The NIGHT of the JUMPs world tour will set up station in Frankfurt on November 21st-22nd, 2014. The Festhalle Frankfurt is to be the venue for the final two rounds of the FIM Freestyle MX world championship, and the world championship track will be laid out for the last time this season in the Festhalle’s historic domed hall.

This world championship showdown promises to be a real adrenaline-packed affair, as Podmol, who is currently second in the world championship standings, took one win and a second place at the NIGHT of the JUMPs competitions in China, reducing the gap on championship leader Maikel Melero to just six points. The 2010 Czech world champion will execute all the tricks he can muster to overtake the Spaniard and secure the title for a second time. But Melero for his part will also go all-out to finally fulfil his dream of lifting the world title. Fans can look forward to seeing tricks galore performed in Frankfurt, including, Double Grab backflips, 360s, Cliffhanger flips, Surfer Takeoff backflips, Rowdova flips and the new Porti Air”.

The World Champion is back


The World Champion is back: Rinaldo wins Day Two of NIGHT of the JUMPs in Shenzhen

Shenzhen, 2nd November 2014: A double bill of FMX Grand Prix took place this weekend in Shenzhen. The Chinese metropolis (10 million inhabitants) hosted the seventh and eight rounds of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship. Eleven riders lined up for Sunday’s competition in the local sports stadium.

A strong wind was blowing throughout the qualifying stage, which made life difficult for the contestants. Petr Pilat was the first to show signs of nervousness as he crashed on his first jump. But he jumped right back on his bike and thrilled the crowd with his proprietary Dead Body Flip. Next up was current championship leader Maikel Melero who landed in the dirt on his seventh jump. That brought his participation to an untimely end. Libor Podmol stumbled on his Cordova Flip, but retrieved the run with some great combos to qualify fourth.

Meanwhile, Remi Bizouard, Rob Adelberg and David Rinaldo seemed untroubled by the conditions and booked the top three slots in the final. Brice Izzo and Hannes Ackermann were less impressive than on Saturday but made it through nonetheless.

Luc Ackermann narrowly missed out on his first world championship final, but that only seemed to increase his motivation for the Rockwell Best Whip contest. There was a minor sensation here, with the 16-year-old German beating three-time FMX world champion Remi Bizouard. Both performed extravagant whips, but the judges ultimately decided in Luc’s favour by a wafer-thin margin.

The Maxxis Highest Air once again turned into a showdown between Massimo Bianconcini and Jose Miralles. The bar was gradually raised to 10.00 metres, at which point Jose dislodged it, leaving Massimo to lift the trophy.

Hannes Ackermann opened the final with a Rowdova Flip and his new ‘Porti Air’, a display that was good enough to overtake Brice Izzo whose run had to be repeatedly interrupted because of the gusty conditions. Podmol reprised his Surfer Takeoff Flip to remove Ackermann from the hot seat. The Czech occupied it until the last of the finalists completed his run, as neither Remi Bizouard nor Rob Adelberg managed to outscore him. But his time was up when David Rinaldo executed an ultra-extended Doublegrab Flip followed by a California Roll. So the evening ended with Rinaldo in first place ahead of Podmol and Adelberg.

Maikel Melero continues to lead the FMX World Championship on 120 points, but his margin over Libor Podmol has now shrunk to six. So there is still everything to play for in the final two rounds of the championship.

The 2014 FIM Freestyle MX World Champion will be crowned at the Festhalle in Frankfurt on the weekend of 21st/22nd November. Because of a clash of dates in Sofia (Bulgaria) and also the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa, the events scheduled for those locations have had to be cancelled or postponed to next year. Consequently, the NIGHT of the JUMPs weekend in Frankfurt has been upgraded to another double bill of championship contests, and the series will be decided on German soil.

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Intense Weekend in China

Hey everyone,

We just came back from a very successful and intense weekend in China with two exciting world championship rounds. The major upset of the weekend was rankings leader Maikel Melero (ESP) posting a 4th and a 10th place and letting current runner up Libor Podmol close the gap to just 6 points.

The 2014 FIM Freestyle MX World Champion will be crowned at the Festhalle in Frankfurt on the weekend of 21st/22nd November. Because of a clash of dates in Sofia (Bulgaria) and also the ongoing crisis in West Africa, the events scheduled for those locations have had to be cancelled or postponed to next year. Consequently, the NIGHT of the JUMPs weekend in Frankfurt has been upgraded to another double bill of championship contests, and the series will be decided on German soil.

Event Highlights – NIGHT of the JUMPs China, Round 8 2014

Event Highlights – NIGHT of the JUMPs China, Round 7 2014

Josh Hansen confirmed for Straight Rhythm


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Santa Monica, California (September 12, 2014) – The first eight riders have been confirmed to compete in Red Bull Straight Rhythm presented by Dodge Dart. The eight names are just the first of 32 riders that will compete in the innovative, head-to-head motocross competition on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. The prize purse has been set at $100,000.

Action sports icon Travis Pastrana, 2012 AMA Motocross champion Ryan Dungey, and one of the most accomplished motocross riders in the sport’s history, James Stewart, headline this initial list of eight confirmed participants which also includes Josh Hansen, Josh Hill, Brett Metcalfe, Cole Seely and Dean Wilson, all racing in the event’s Open Class. The inaugural event will feature 32-riders facing off in a bracketed single-elimination format, racing head-to-head on a 1/2 mile-long, “unwound” track. Tickets are available for $20 at

The balance of participating riders will be announced in the weeks to come.

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