Yamaha’s Podmol Doubles at Linz Freestyle Motocross

Yamaha's Lobor Podmol

Yamaha’s Lobor Podmol

2014 FMX NIGHT of the JUMPs Linz Review

“Another day, another dollar” was what riders contesting the second Freestyle MX European Championship competition were no doubt thinking. Unfortunately, after Friday’s NIGHT of the JUMPS opener, only nine FMX riders were left in Saturday’s line-up.

Martin Koren (CZE) and Luc Ackermann (GER) suffered injury yesterday, and Fred Wasner’s (FRA) luck ran out during the afternoon. As a result, the chances of the remaining motocrossers securing one of the coveted six finalist positions were much improved.

The same bunch of riders as on Friday – Podmol (CZE), Remi Bizouard (FRA), Maikel Melero (SP), Petr Pilat (CZE) and Brice Izzo (FRA) – made it through into the final round. Massimo Bianconcini (ITA) found himself very much on the back foot compared to young Australian Joel Brown (AUS), who had already won a place through to the final yesterday on his European NIGHT of the JUMPS debut.

Maxime Gregoire (FRA) was crowned King of the Whips in Linz despite failing to get further than qualifying on both days. The Frenchman produced the hardest whips on both days and thoroughly deserved to win the Rockwell Watch Best Whip.

Victory in Maxxis Highest Air was firmly in Italian hands. However, record holder Bianconcini had to share Saturday’s triumph with Maikel Melero, who also successfully jumped 9.10 metres.

Spectators at the finale of the second round of the Freestyle MX European Championship Tips Arena in Linz, which was sold-out, were treated to some high-octane action. The crowd’s favourite Petr Pilat secured a podium. The Red Bull rider won over the Linz fans with his Side Saddle Take Off Candybar Flip to Side Saddle Landing and with his really energetic performance, riding faultlessly in spite of his 1.90-metre stature.

And the Czech rider only narrowly missed his first NIGHT of the JUMPS victory, because judges placed fellow Czech Podmol just in front by a whisker. Once again, it was Podmol’s double-up trick, the Cliffhanger Flip to No Hand Landing that he displayed yesterday that put the shine on his round. Pilat on the other hand ‘only’ managed a Tsunami Flip on his last jump, putting the seal on a Czech double victory.

Brice Izzo finished in third place as best Frenchman, while Remi Bizouard came away empty handed in fourth position despite executing a Cliff Hanger, Ruler and Hart Attack Backflip.

The two Czech riders head the overall standings in the Freestyle MX European championship. Podmol leads on 40 points, closely followed by Pilat on 32 points. Melero and Bizouard are in joint third place with 30 points.

The freestyle motocrossers have no time at all to relax, though, since the next two European NIGHT of the JUMPS championships competitions will be staged this weekend in the Stadthalle, Graz (January 25th-26th 2014).

2014 Linz NIGHT of the JUMPs/Freestyle MX European Championships Night 2 Results:
1. Libor Podmol            CZE    ACCR        Yamaha    376 Points
2. Petr Pilat            CZE    ACCR        KTM        370 Points
3. Brice Izzo            FRA    FFM        Yamaha    363 Points
4. Remi Bizouard            FRA    FFM        Kawasaki    355 Points
5. Maikel Melero            ESP    RFME        Yamaha    353 Points
6. Joel Brown            AUS    MA        Yamaha    328 Points

Results Qualification:
1. Libor Podmol            CZE    ACCR        Yamaha    341 Points
2. Maikel Melero            ESP    RFME        Yamaha    339 Points
3. Petr Pilat            CZE    ACCR        KTM        333 Points
4. Brice Izzo            FRA    FFM        Yamaha    320 Points
5. Remi Bizouard            FRA    FFM        Kawasaki    315 Points
6. Joel Brown            AUS    MA        Yamaha    293 Points
7. Massimo Bianconcini        ITA    PZM        KTM        282 Points
8. Maxime Gregoire        FRA    FFM        Yamaha    264 Points
9. Leonardo Fini            ITA    PZM        KTM        262 Points

Results Rockwell Watch Whip Contest:
1. Maxime Gregoire        FRA    FFM        Yamaha
2. Massimo Bianconcini        ITA    PZM        KTM

Maxxis Highest-Air:
1. Massimo Bianconcini        ITA    PZM        KTM        9,10 Meter
Maikel Melero            ESP    RFME        KTM        9,10 Meter

Freestyle MX European Championships Ranking (after 2nd contest):
1. Libor Podmol            CZE    ACCR        Yamaha    40 Points
2. Petr Pilat            CZE    ACCR        KTM        32 Points
3. Maikel Melero            ESP    RFME        Yamaha    30 Points
Remi Bizouard            FRA    FFM        Kawasaki    30 Points
5. Brice Izzo            FRA    FFM        Yamaha    28 Points
6. Massimo Bianconcini        ITA    PZM        KTM        19 Points
Joel Brown            AUS    MA        Yamaha    19 Points
8. Maxime Gregoire        FRA    FFM        Yamaha    16 Points
9. Leonardo Fini            ITA    PZM        KTM        14 Points
10. Fred Wasner            FRA    FFM        Yamaha      6 Points
11. Martin Koren            CZE    ACCR        KTM          5 Points
12. Luc Ackermann        GER    DMSB        KTM          4 Points

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