Motorcycle Types Adventure / Dual-Sport 2012 Freestyle Motocross | Latvian GP Preview

2012 Freestyle Motocross | Latvian GP Preview

2012-freestyle-motocross-latvian-gp-preview 1

2012 NIGHT of the JUMPs Heads to Riga

The FIM Freestyle Motocross World Championship is entering a decisive phase. On Saturday, Oct. 27, the world’s top freestyle motocross riders will convene in the Arena Riga for the Latvian Grand Prix in the NIGHT of the JUMPS series.

Championship points will be awarded for the eleventh time in the current season. Total focus, a tense atmosphere and maximum adrenaline are on the agenda, as series leader Remi Bizouard goes for the win that will secure him the world title ahead of time.

But this is precisely the outcome that Libor Podmol (CZE) will be aiming to thwart. The Frenchman’s closest pursuer – 20 points adrift in the table – has already notched up three victories this year; if he can do so again, the championship decision will be deferred until the final weekend. Podmol will not be shying away from risk and will be pulling out his toughest tricks in order to maintain his mathematical chance of taking the title.

And the Czech rider can count on strong and effective support in his campaign as the strongest field ever assembled in the history of the Freestyle Motocross World Championship takes to the arena in Riga. The Top Eleven in the current NIGHT of the JUMPS world rankings have been signed up for the occasion.

Josh Sheehan makes a welcome return; the FMX Wonderboy of 2011 holds the record for back-to-back wins – seven in succession. If the Australian performs his 360 combos and mini flips in Riga, Bizouard may not cruise to victory in accustomed style. Also making their comeback to the World Championship track are 2011 world champion Javier Villegas and Maikel Melero who h

as been in impressive form over the summer months. All of these riders are genuine contenders for the top podium rung.

Yet another hot favourite is David Rinaldo; the Frenchman finished the last contest in third place after thrilling the crowd with a Lazyboy Flip and a Double Seatgrab Backflip. Brice Izzo (FRA) and Hannes Ackermann (GER), currently fourth and fifth respectively in the World Championship standings, will be aiming to spring a surprise or two with various new trick combinations.

Massimo Bianconcini (ITA), Red Bull rider Petr Pilat (CZE) and Jose Miralles (ESP) complete the starting line-up. The Italian rider also has his heart set on a title: if he wins the Maxxis Highest Air, he is assured of the TAG Heuer trophy.

This will be the seventh time that Riga has hosted the NIGHT of the JUMPS, but no previous event in the Latvian capital has promised to be as explosive as this one. The local fans can look forward to trick premieres by the dozen and thrills by the score as the 2012 FIM Freestyle Motocross World Championship enters the home straight.

FIM Freestyle MX World Championship Round 11 at Arena Riga

2012-freestyle-motocross-latvian-gp-preview 2

Riders:

  • Remi Bizouard (FRA)

  • Libor Podmol (CZE)
  • David Rinaldo (FRA)

    Brice Izzo (FRA)

  • Hannes Ackermann (GER)
  • Maikel Melero (ESP)
  • Massimo Bianconcini (ITA)
  • Jose Miralles (ESP)
  • Javier Villegas (CHL)
  • Petr Pilat (CZE)
  • Josh Sheehan (AUS)

FIM Freestyle MX World Championships Ranking (after 10th contest):

1. Remi Bizouard FRA RFME Honda 192 Points

2. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 172 Points

3. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 132 Points

4. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 131 Points

5. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 90 Points

6. Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 80 Points

7. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL PZM KTM 77 Points

8. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 48 Points

9. Javier Villegas CHL FMC Yamaha 47 Points

10. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 38 Points

11. Ivan Zucconi ITA PZM KTM 37 Points

12. Clinton Moore AUS MA Yamaha 34 Points

13. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 33 Points

14. Martin Koren CZE ACCR KTM 29 Points

15. Aleksey Koleshnikov RUS MFR Yamaha 27 Points

16. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda 26 Points

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2022 Kawasaki KLR650 First Look (14 Fast Facts)

2018 was a dark year for Kawasaki KLR650 enthusiasts. It was the last year of the much-loved venerable big-bore dual-sport model that debuted in...

2022 Indian FTR Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts)

It’s barely 2021, yet the 2022 Indian FTR lineup is here, and there are some significant changes to three of the four variants. In...

2021 Kawasaki KLX230R S First Look (8 Fast Facts)

Just a year after the debut of the Kawasaki KLX230R trail bike, we get our first look at the 2021 Kawasaki KLX230R S. While...

2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS First Look (19 Fast Facts)

Forget what you know about any previous Triumph Speed Triple. The 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS is an all-new naked upright sportbike ready...

2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited First Look: Updates, Specs, Photos

The 2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited arrives with two new paint choices, plus a couple of updates in the dash area. There’s a new LED...

MP Magic 37.5 Tech Merino Wool Socks Review (All-Season Footwear)

I’m very picky when it comes to motorcycle socks. For dirt bikes, it’s easy. I always wear Fly Racing Knee Brace socks, as they...