2014 FIM Freestyle Motocross | Bizouard Secures European Title

2014 FIM Freestyle Motocross | Bizouard Secures European Title

Remi Bizouard

2014 FIM Freestyle Motocross

In Mannheim last Saturday, 8,500 spectators were treated to a spectacular finale of the European Freestyle MX World championship in the SAP Arena.

Eleven FMX riders from six countries were in the NIGHT of the JUMPs line-up. Podmol, now fit again, was back on the scene, hoping for another podium, as Maikel Melero had to miss the event due to injury.

Germany had three contenders in the European championship fight – Lukas Weis, and Luc and Hannes Ackermann. For them, though, it was also about producing a good performance with an eye to the Freestyle of Nations, in which the three make up Team Germany. Unfortunately, none of them made ​​it to the final. Luc Ackermann in eighth position just missed scraping through into the final round.

Rob Adelberg, the only non-European rider, took pole position for the final. The man from Down Under went to the top of qualifying with a perfect run.

Spain, France and the Czech Republic were each represented by two dirt bike riders. Libor Podmol and Petr Pilat (both CZE) and Remi Bizouard and Brice Izzo (both FRA) were on top form in qualifying and made ​​it to the finals, while Spanish rider Dany Torres even made ​​it into the final round.

Jose Miralles was consigned to a lowly seventh place, despite producing good performances, but El Loco really warmed up for the Freestyle of Nations in the Rockwell Watch Best Whip, which he won with his unique Clicker Whip from German rider Lukas Weis, who also produced top-class Whips.

Bianconcini pinned all his hopes on winning Maxxis Highest Air. The Italian had completely screwed up his freestyle run with three dead sailors and wanted to win the high jump come what may. However, he had not reckoned with Jose Miralles and Luc Ackermann, who both outdid him. The crowd went wild over German youngster Luc Ackermann when he jumped 9.00 metres after Miralles had knocked the bar off.

Podmol was first rider out in the final, executing his tricks – Cliffhanger No Hand Lander and Underflip to 1-Hand-Lander to name but a few. He was thus able to catch Brice Izzo, who pulled off Tsunami Flip and his new Combo 1-Hand-Take of Can Can Flip to One Hand Lander.

Next, Petr Pilat produced the best final run of his career. Tsunami Flip, Triple Saran Wrap, Seatgrab Flip and his new Sidesattle Take-of Candybar Flip Candybar to Candybar Landing. Normally, he would have claimed a place on the podium, but not on this day.

Firstly, Dany Torres let fly with Double Seatgrab flip, Paris Hilton Flip, Hart Attack Flip and the Lazyflip in the double-up, which would probably have given him the win in any other contest.

But then Remi Bizouard countered with Cliffhanger Flip, Hart Attack Flip and his Ruler Flip, which was good enough to catch Torres and give him the “hot seat”, but not for long. Adelberg put both the Cliffhanger Flip and the Tsunami Flip over the 24 metre gap to leapfrog his way up the field to victory.

Still, Frenchman Remi Bizouard did not remain down in the mouth for long, as second place won him the crown in the overall standings of the FMX European Championship. Fellow Frenchman, Brice Izzo, finished in second position. Fifth overall was not enough to enable Podmol to snatch Melero’s podium away from him. And so, the diminutive Spaniard was third in the EM in absentia.

Many of the riders contesting the NIGHT of the JUMPs in Mannheim are now preparing for the World Team Championship. The premiere of the FIM Freestyle of Nations will take place on May 31st, 2014 in the Veltins Arena, formerly aufSchalke Arena, (more info here).

2014 Mannheim NIGHT of the JUMPs/Freestyle MX European Championships Results:
1. Rob Adelberg            AUS    MA        Yamaha    389 Points
2. Remi Bizouard            FRA    FFM        Kawasaki    379 Points
3. Dany Torres            ESP    RFME        KTM        372 Points
4. Petr Pilat            CZE    ACCR        KTM        361 Points
5. Libor Podmol            CZE    ACCR        Yamaha    354 Points
6. Brice Izzo            FRA    FFM        Yamaha    348 Points

2014 Results Qualification:
1. Rob Adelberg            AUS    MA        Yamaha    329 Points
2. Remi Bizouard            FRA    FFM        Kawasaki    328 Points
3. Dany Torres            ESP    RFME        KTM        324 Points
4. Petr Pilat            CZE    ACCR        KTM        318 Points
5. Brice Izzo            FRA    FFM        Yamaha    317 Points
6. Libor Podmol            CZE    ACCR        Yamaha    308 Points
7. Jose Miralles            ESP    RFME        KTM        292 Points
8. Luc Ackermann        GER    DMSB        KTM        268 Points
9. Lukas Weis            GER    DMSB        Suzuki        231 Points
10. Massimo Bianconcini        ITA    PZM        KTM        200 Points
11. Hannes Ackermann        GER    DMSB        KTM        181 Points

2014 Results Rockwell Watch Best Whip Contest:
1. Jose Miralles            ESP    RFME        KTM
2. Lukas Weis            GER    DMSB        Suzuki

2014 Maxxis Highest Air:
1. Luc Ackermann        GER    DMSB        KTM        9,00 Meter
2. Jose Miralles            ESP    RFME        KTM        8,80 Meter
3. Massimo Bianconcini        ITA    PZM        KTM        8,40 Meter

Freestyle MX European Championships Ranking (after 6th contest):
1. Remi Bizouard            FRA    FFM        Kawasaki    104 Points
2. Brice Izzo            FRA    FFM        Yamaha    86 Points
3. Maikel Melero            ESP    RFME        Yamaha    84 Points
4. Libor Podmol            CZE    ACCR        Yamaha    82 Points
5. Petr Pilat            CZE    ACCR        KTM        58 Points
6. Luc Ackermann        GER    DMSB        KTM        41 Points
7. Joel Brown            AUS    MA        Yamaha    40 Points
8. Rob Adelberg            AUS    MA        Yamaha    36 Points
9. Massimo Bianconcini        ITA    PZM        KTM        33 Points
10. Dany Torres            ESP    RFME        KTM        22 Points
11. Jeremy Rouanet        FRA    FFM        Yamaha    22 Points
12. Jose Miralles            ESP    RFME        KTM        18 Points
13. Maxime Gregoire        FRA    FFM        Yamaha    16 Points
14. Kevin Ferrari            ITA    PZM        KTM        15 Points
15. Nikolay Ivankov        RUS    MFR        Yamaha    14 Points
16. Leonardo Fini            ITA    PZM        KTM        14 Points
17. Ondrej Zaruba        CZE    ACCR        KTM        13 Points
18. Lukas Weis            GER    DMSB        Suzuki        12 Points
19. Hannes Ackermann        GER    DMSB        KTM        12 Points
20. Ales Liemann            CZE    ACCR        KTM        10 Points
21. Fred Wasner            FRA    FFM        Yamaha      6 Points
22. Martin Koren            CZE    ACCR        KTM          5 Points

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