2010 FIM FMX Season Finale
This was by far the most thrilling conclusion ever to the NIGHT of the JUMPs FIM Freestyle MX World Championship.
As nightfall engulfed the Estadio Castelao in Fortalesa, it was showdown time for the two World Championship contenders, Libor Podmol (CZE) und Brice Izzo (FRA).
Both freestyle motocross riders gave their all, as they traded incredible Backflip Combos in the finale. The Czech rider finally prevailed at the Brazilian Grand Prix and secured the long-awaited world championship title.
But firstly, the FMX rider both had to progress through the qualifiyings that might well have been called "Brazil versus the rest of the world."
The five best FMX "Brasilieros," Marcelo Simoes, Gilmar Flores, Fred Kyrillos, Otavio Neto and local hero Claudio Rocha, tried to win through to the Freestyle Motocross finals. Flores and Simoes turned in good performances but in the last analysis, all the Brazilians went out after the preliminary rounds.
A sixth South American, Javier Villegas, fared better. The Chilean took third place in FMX qualifying at his NIGHT of the JUMPs premiere and bagged a place in the finals, followed by David Rinaldo, Jose Miralles, Remi Bizouard and the two World Championship contestants, Podmol and Izzo.
It was clear that only a big mistake by Podmol in the Freestyle Motocross final would result in Izzo clinching the title. Even if Frenchman Izzo had won this contest, the Czech only had to finish fourth to become World Champion.
Libor needed some support from the other FMX finalists, and they did all they could to oblige.
Rinaldo produced a Double Grab Backflip, Jose Miralles his Superman Seat Grab Indy Flip, Javier Villegas did an impressive Tsunami Flip and Remi Bizouard performed the Ruler Flip plus Heart Attack Backflip.
But then Brice Izzo really went to town. He scored 425 points with a Lazyboy Flip, Tsunami Flip, Underflip and a Stripper Flip.
That put Podmol under a lot of pressure, but the Czech kept his nerve: Underflips, a Cliffhanger Flip, and a Superman Seat Grab Flip Indy, to name but a few tours de force from his routine, gave him victory on the day and the 2010 FIM Freestyle MW World Championship crown.
Spaniard Jose Miralles, who finished second in the FMX World Championships last year at this same venue, was third.
Javier Villegas won the Whip Contest and Bianconcini was best-placed rider in the Highest Air competition in Freestyle Motocross.
IFMXF will now take a short winter break until Jan. 14 and 15, which sees the UEM Freestyle European Championship opener at the NIGHT of the JUMPs in Linz, Austria.
First round of the 2011 FIM Freestyle MX World Championship takes place Feb. 19 at the NIGHT of the JUMPs in Turin, Italy.
FIM Freestyle MX World Championship Results
Fortaleza, Round 13, Dec. 12.
1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 429 Points
2. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 425 Points
3. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 401 Points
4. Javier Villegas CHI AMA Yamaha 392 Points
5. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 380 Points
6. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 369 Points
FIM Freestyle Motocross Results Fortaleza Qualification
1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki FMX 367 Points
2. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha FMX 355 Points
3. Javier Villegas CHI AMA Yamaha FMX 349 Points
4. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha FMX 347 Points
5. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM FMX 330 Points
6. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha FMX 320 Points
7. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB Suzuki FMX 324 Points
8. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL DMSB KTM FMX 309 Points
9. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM FMX 290 Points
10. Gilmar Flores BRA CBM Yamaha FMX 270 Points
11. Marcelo Simoes BRA CBM Yamaha FMX 253 Points
12. Fred Kyrillos BRA CBM Honda FMX 228 Points
13. Otavio Neto BRA CBM Yamaha FMX 174 Points
14. Claudio Rocha BRA CBM Yamaha FMX 150 Points
FIM Freestyle Motocross Results Whip Contest
1. Javier Villegas CHI AMA Yamaha
2. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM
2. Marcelo Simoes BRA CBM Yamaha
FIM Freestyle Motocross Highest-Air
1. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL DMSB KTM 6,50 Meter
2. Otavio Neto BRA CBM Yamaha 6,30 Meter
FIM Freestyle MX World Championships Final Standings:
1. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 222 Points
2. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 214 Points
3. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 196 Points
4. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 140 Points
5. Brody Wilson USA AMA Yamaha 119 Points
6. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL DMSB KTM 119 Points
7. Alastair Sayer BOT MSA Suzuki 106 Points
8. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB Suzuki 103 Points
9. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 78 Points
10. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 68 Points
11. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 61 Points
12. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 55 Points
13. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda 48 Points
14. Rob Adelberg AUS MA Yamaha 34 Points
15. Martin Koren CZE ACCR KTM 20 Points
16. Marcelo Simoes BRA CBM Yamaha 15 Points
17. Javier Villegas CHI AMA Yamaha 14 Points
18. Thomas Wirnsberger AUT OeAMTC Yamaha 9 Points
19. Tomas Lysacek CZE ACCR Yamaha 8 Points
20. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 8 Points
21. Martin Schenk AUT OeAMTC Yamaha 7 Points
22. Gilmar Flores BRA CBM Yamaha 6 Points
23. William v.d. Putte BEL FMB KTM 5 Points
24. Fred Kyrillos BRA CBM Honda 4 Points
25. Aleksey Koleshnikov RUS KTM MFR 4 Points
26. Freddy Peters GER DMSB Yamaha 3 Points
27. Ales Liemann CZE ACCR Suzuki 3 Points
28. Otavio Neto BRA CBM Yamaha 3 Points