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 PointsResults 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 PointsResults Rockwell Watch Whip Contest: 1. Maxime Gregoire FRA FFM Yamaha 2. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTMMaxxis Highest-Air: 1. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM 9,10 Meter Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 9,10 MeterFreestyle 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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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
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