FIM Freestyle Motocross
The ninth round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic, was a spectacular display of every flip in the book Saturday.
In a thrilling finale to the LR Health & Beauty NIGHT of the JUMPs, local hero Libor Podmol not only emerged as victor on the night but also advanced directly to the top of the world championship standings.
In the exclusively French tussle for runner-up spot, Remi Bizouard edged out Brice Izzo. It was Scott Murray, however, who stole the show with the first double backflip in the history of NIGHT of the JUMPs.
Over 9,300 fans turned up at the CEZ Arena to watch the Czech Grand Prix of NIGHT of the JUMPs / FIM Freestyle MX World Championship and were immediately treated to an exciting qualification round.
IFMXF newcomer Josh Sheehan, Ales Liemann and Massimo Bianconcini had major problems early on. Liemann took a tumble, Sheehan had two deadsailors and Bianconcini’s bike packed up before the double-up.
That meant they went out in the preliminary round. By contrast, Hannes Ackermann, Lukas Weis and Alastair Sayer had strong runs and only just missed out on the final. The six riders going through were Fabian Bauersachs, Brody Wilson, Jose Miralles, Remi Bizouard, Brice Izzo and Libor Podmol.
In the exciting finale of the Race & Style competition, Libor Podmol took the victory ahead of fellow Czech Nemeth Kornell. Youngster Luc Ackermann performed a Backflip to 1-Hand-Landing and Alastair Sayer set a NIGHT of the JUMPs step-up record with a mighty leap of 10.3 metres.
The final was a tour de force of backflips. Fabian Bauersachs laid on a 1 Hand Nac Flip. Brody Wilson pulled out a meaty Tsunami Flip and Jose Miralles a Superman Seatgrab Indy Flip.
Meanwhile, the battle for overall victory was raging between Bizouard, Izzo and Podmol. Brice pulled off a Stripper Flip, while Remi showed that he can still manage a Ruler Flip and Podmol that he is the master of the Underflip Indy. So eventually, the Czech rider finished the evening on top and regained his leadership in the title race. Just four points behind in equal second place are Jose Miralles and Brice Izzo.
And as if Podmol’s victory on his home turf were not enough to send the crowd into raptures, US guest star Scott Murray crowned a fantastic evening by performing the first ever double backflip in the history of NIGHT of the JUMPs, on exactly the same spot where he came a cropper twelve months ago.
The next batch of championship points is up for grabs Sunday during Day 2 of the LR NIGHT of the JUMPs in Ostrava.
FACTS LR NIGHT of the JUMPs – FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Ostrava, Nov. 20, 2010 – Round 9 (Day 1)
1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 419 Points
2. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 407 Points
3. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 401 Points
4. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 393 Points
5. Brody Wilson USA AMA Yamaha 372 Points
6. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB Suzuki 337 Points
FMX Ostrava Results Qualification
1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 370 Points
2. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 368 Points
3. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 367 Points
4. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 363 Points
5. Brody Wilson USA AMA Yamaha 354 Points
6. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB Suzuki 326 Points
7. Alastair Sayer BOT MSA Suzuki 324 Points
8. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 314 Points
9. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 297 Points
10. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda 297 Points
11. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL DMSB KTM 259 Points
12. Tomas Lysacek CZE ACCR Yamaha 209 Points
13. Ales Liemann CZE ACCR Suzuki 27 Points
FMX Ostrava Results Race & Style
1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki
2. Kornel Nemeth HUN ??? KTM
3. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda
3. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki
FMX Ostrava Highest-Air
1. Alastair Sayer BOT MSA Suzuki 10,30 Meter
2. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 9,00 Meter
3. Kornel Nemeth HUN KTM 8,50 Meter
FIM Freestyle MX World Championships
Ranking (after 9th contest)
1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 142 Points
2. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 138 Points
Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 138 Points
4. Brody Wilson USA AMA Yamaha 91 Points
5. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 86 Points
6. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL DMSB KTM 78 Points
7. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB Suzuki 72 Points
Rob Adelberg AUS MA Yamaha 72 Points
9. Alastair Sayer BOT MSA Suzuki 71 Points
10. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 61 Points
11. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 59 Points
12. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 51 Points
13. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 43 Points
14. Martin Koren CZE ACCR KTM 18 Points
15. Marcelo Simoes BRA CBM Yamaha 10 Points
16. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 8 Points
17. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda 6 Points
18. Aleksey Koleshnikov RUS KTM MFR 4 Points
Tomas Lysacek CZE ACCR Yamaha 4 Points
20. Freddy Peters GER DMSB Yamaha 3 Points
Ales Liemann CZE ACCR Suzuki 3 Points