Rinaldo Wins Gdansk, Poland, FIM Freestyle Motocross
2013 FIM Freestyle MX World Championship NIGHT of the JUMPS Poland Results
After missing out on staging NIGHT of the JUMPs last year, Poland once again rolled out the red carpet for the world’s top freestylers at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, the venue for the fourth round of the 2013 FIM Freestyle MX World Championship.
Local challenger Artur Puzio entered the fray as the beneficiary of the wild card rule but unfortunately went out at the qualifying stage in twelfth place.
The two Spanish riders making their return to the competition, Maikel Melero and Dany Torres, experienced very different starts to their evening. After Melero’s dead sailor flip ruled him out of the final, Torres qualified in first position with such tricks as the Doublegrap Flip, Paris Hilton Flip and his new Shaolin to Superflip combo. Jose Miralles, the third of the Spanish trio, suffered the same fate as Melero; after aborting one of his jumps, he was condemned to watch the rest of the proceedings from the grandstands.
Meanwhile, the French tricoleur battalion of Remi Bizouard, Brice Izzo and David Rinaldo progressed through to the final with impressive runs. They were joined by Hannes Ackermann who seems to have rediscovered his affinity for the Tsunami Flip.
Petr Pilat, Massimo Bianconcini and Kai Haase also went out at this early stage, but their visit to Gdansk was not in vain: first, Massimo Bianconcini secured victory in the Rockwell Time Race & Style contest, then Haase jumped 8.5 metres to win the Maxxis Highest Air, and finally Petr Pilat joined former kickboxing world champion and Polish MP Iwona Guzowska to delight the fans with a Tandem Flip.
The finale promised to be high-voltage affair: with Torres having emerged victorious from the preliminary round, there was every chance that the top rung of the podium would be occupied by a fourth incumbent of the new World Championship season. But that was the last thing NIGHT of the JUMPs top dogs Podmol, Bizouard, Izzo and Rinaldo wanted to see.
The final got off to an anticlimax as Ackermann ignominiously ruled himself out of contention with a dead sailor. Meanwhile, Izzo improved on his performance from earlier in the evening with a debut Clicker to Superflip combo.
Remi Bizouard then made sure of a podium with a consummate Ruler Flip, but he was ultimately to miss out on the winner’s trophy by one point to David Rinaldo who somehow magicked up a sequence of new triple combos. Libor Podmol battled his way through to third place but had to wait for confirmation as Dany Torres sought to justify his qualifying lead. The pressure may have got to the Spanish rider who disappointed on his first run with a dead sailor. After a botched landing on his Paris Hilton Flip, he knew the game was up and that he would have to settle for sixth.
So it was that David Rinaldo celebrated his second Grand Prix victory of the season, which elevates him to main challenger in the World Championship. Although Remi Bizouard still heads the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship standings on 72 points, Rinaldo and Podmol are both hot on his heels with 68 each.
The NIGHT of the JUMPs season continues one month from now, when the world’s top riders convene at the Olympiahalle in Munich for the third round of the FMX European Championship. The next World Championship points will be awarded at NIGHT of the JUMPs in Basel.
2013 Poland NIGHT of the JUMPs Results, Final:
1. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 378 Points
2. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 377 Points
3. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 370 Points
4. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 354 Points
5. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 276 Points
6. Dany Torres ESP RFME KTM 204 Points
1. Dany Torres ESP RFME KTM 339 Points
2. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 338 Points
3. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 335 Points
4. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 333 Points
5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 324 Points
6. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 319 Points
7. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 307 Points
8. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM 275 Points
9. Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 265 Points
10. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 264 Points
11. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 249 Points
12. Artur Puzio POL PZM Suzuki 160 Points
Results MAXXIS Highest Air:
1. Kai Haase GER Suzuki 8,50 Meters
2. Jose Miralles ESP KTM 8,00 Meters
3. Maikel Melero ESP KTM 7,50 Meters
4. Massimo Bianconcini ITA KTM 7,00 Meters
Results ROCKWELL Time Race & Style Contest
1. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM
2. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM
3. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki
FIM Freestyle MX World Championships Rankings (after four rounds):
1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 72 Points
2. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 68 Points
3. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 68 Points
4. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 51 Points
5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 45 Points
6. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 36 Points
7. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 33 Points
8. Dany Torres ESP RFME KTM 28 Points
9. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM 24 Points
10. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 23 Points
11. Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 19 Points
12. Gabriel Villegas CHL FMC KTM 16 Points
13. Rich Kearns USA AMA Kawasaki 10 Points
14. Martin Koren CZE ACCR KTM 7 Points
15. Artur Puzio POL PZM Suzuki 4 Points
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