2015 Bulgaria NIGHT of the JUMPsNIGHT of the JUMPs entered its 15th season this weekend in Sofia (Bulgaria). The campaign opened with a brand new trophy at stake – the Golden Cup. In addition to the familiar individual championship, the points of the two best riders from each continent are aggregated to produce a team score.
This first round of 2015 was contested by riders from three continents. The honor of leading off went to Russia’s Nick Ivankov whose run ended in spectacular fashion.In the double-up, he attempted an extravagant Stripper Flip, but under-rotated on the landing, crashed and performed an involuntary double bodyflip. After brief attention from the medics, he was able to hobble out of the arena on his own two feet:The season got off to a fairly mediocre start for US poster boy James Carter. His run lacked conviction and was deemed worthy only of eighth position. Carter’s continental compatriot Javier Villegas fared somewhat better.Having wrapped up the world title here in Sofia four years ago, the Chilean was determined to return to form after a long lay-off through injury, which he managed to accomplish with good runs including a Suicide Flip and Cordova Superflip combo. Even though his extension fell short of when he was at his peak, the overall display was good enough to take him through to the final in fifth spot.Going into the event, Steve Sommerfeld was tipped as the ‘one to watch’, and he did indeed make a solid debut on the NIGHT of the JUMPs track. Even though this particular oldie didn’t quite manage the goldie accolade, he at least made it through to the Top Ten.For David Rinaldo, however, everything fell nicely into place. This was the venue where, in the 2013 season, the role of tragic hero was thrust upon him as he clinched the title but then slammed into the boards on his last trick, crushing his hand and foot. But there was no trace of nervousness in his final run.The Frenchman pulled off a Doublegrab Indy Flip and California Roll to demote Rob Adelberg and Maikel Melero to P2 and P3 respectively. He and Melero as ‘continental partners’ thus claimed the first ever Golden Cup in the history of NIGHT of the JUMPs. At the subsequent press conference, all three members of the podium party expressed their determination to win the 2015 world title.Most of the riders will now be traveling directly to Linz in Austria where the European Championship is due to commence next weekend in the context of NIGHT of the JUMPs (16th/17th January 2014).Sofia Bulgaria NIGHT of the JUMPs Results:Final: 1. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 394 Points 2. Rob Adelberg AUS MA Yamaha 384 Points 3. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 378 Points 4. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 378 Points 5. Javier Villegas CHL FMC Honda 362 Points 6. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 227 PointsResults Qualification 1. Rob Adelberg AUS MA Yamaha 343 Points 2. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 342 Points 3. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 339 Points 4. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 330 Points 5. Javier Villegas CHL FMC Honda 317 Points 6. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 297 Points 7. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 290 Points 8. James Carter USA AMA Honda 287 Points 9. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM 264 Points 10. Steve Sommerfeld AUS PZM KTM 252 Points 11. Nick Ivankov RUS MFR Yamaha 188 PointsResults Lifeproof Best Whip Contest 1. James Carter USA AMA Honda 2. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTMResults Maxxis Highest Air 1. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM 9,00 Meter 2. Maikel Melero ESP RFME 8,60 Meter 3. Jose Miralles ESP RFME 8,00 Meter
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!