Two days of Freestyle Motocross action came to a dramatic end on Saturday night in the German Capital in front of 17,000 spectators over the 2 days with Maikel Melero continuing his record winning streak at NIGHT of the JUMPs.
The German riders opened the night motivated by bad luck from the day before with one making it to the final. Hannes Ackermann showed a solid run despite his ongoing shoulder injury inhibiting his normal performance. However it was the younger brother, Luc Ackermann who helped the Berlin crowd erupt early when he brought some of the biggest tricks in the game to his run including the Surfer take off to Tsunami Flip, the 360 and Flair to make it to fourth place and make it to the finals.
Remi Bizouard, Rob Adelberg, David Rinaldo, Maikel Melero and Petr Pilat would repeat their performances to make it to the Top 6 as they did the day before. However it was Melero’s Flip-Deadsailor in his run that would surprise the judges and had him sitting in fifth place. A position the Spaniard didn’t expect after his previous nights win. Also the second Australian finalist from the previous day, Pat Bowden missed the final in seventh place. However he would not have been able to continue due to suffering a shoulder injury on the landing of his first ever California Roll in competition. A bitter-sweet ending for the Aussie.
Due to the injury to the LifeProof Best Whip winner the previous night, Luc Ackermann who is Bowden’s training partner, would go on to take the win. The German whipped it hard on home soil narrowly in front of Remi Bizouard.
The final rounds began with Petr Pilat showing a near perfect run filled with a variety of Backflip Combo’s and also throwing in the Barhop to Steriliser landing. Petr was the first rider on the Hot Seat but he wouldn’t stay there for long, with Maikel Melero requiring him to vacate his position immediately. Melero showed a flawless run with the Egg Roll, Double Grab Flip, Nac-Nac Flair and California roll to finish with a near unbeatable 463 points.
The 18 year old German started his run like a bull at a gate, showing the Flair, Surfer Tsunami Flip, 360, Seat Grab Flip and One-hand take off Tsunami and California Roll in the Double Up. He finished in fourth and narrowly missed the podium. This was also due to David Rinaldo showing a great run but missing his Backflip Combo in the Double Up which really hurt his score putting him back to 6th place.
Neither Rob Adelberg nor Remi Bizouard with their Egg Roll tricks and Body Varials were able to take down Maikel Melero. Both were satisfied with their positions and recognised that Melero was on the next level with his addition of 2 quarter pipes.
The young Spaniard won not only his fourth World Championship win in a row in 2016, but he also continued his record setting ways with 8 NIGHT of the JUMPs events wins in a row.
In the World Championship overall standings, the Spaniard leads with the maximum points possible of 80 points. In second place, Remi Bizouard follows with 70 points. The best German result so far is Luc Ackermann in 6th place and 39 points.
In the Maxxis Highest Air competition, Massimo Bianconcini again triumphed over the Spaniard Jose Miralles who was unable to make it past the power of Massimo’s 4 stroke KTM for 2 straight wins in Berlin.
There is little time for training between events with the next World Championship event taking place on March 4th with the Swedish premiere in the Friends Arena in Stockholm. The Berlin fans can look forward to the 4th and 5th of February 2017 for the next round when the NIGHT of the JUMPs will return to the German capital.
NIGHT of the JUMPS / FIM Freestyle MX World Championship
Berlin, February 27, 2016 – Round 4
Results NIGHT of the JUMPS – Final
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 463 Points
- Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 442 Points
- Rob Adelberg OFF MA Yamaha 436 Points
- Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 420 Points
- David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 390 Points
- Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 382 Points
- Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 384 Points
- Rob Adelberg OFF MA Yamaha 376 Points
- David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 375 Points
- Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 369 Points
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 369 Points
- Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 364 Points
- Pat Bowden OFF MA Yamaha 346 Points
- Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 330 Points
- Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 324 Points
- Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 314 Points
Results Lifeproof Best Whip contest
- Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna
- Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki
Maxxis Highest Air
- Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM 9.00 meters
- Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 8.50 meters
- Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 6.50 meters
FIM Freestyle MX World Championship – Ranking (after 4th contest)
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 80 Points
- Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 70 Points
- David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 62 Points
- Rob Adelberg OFF MA Yamaha 56 Points
- Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 48 Points
- Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 39 Points
- Pat Bowden OFF MA Yamaha 35 Points
- Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 35 Points
- Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 21 Points
- Marc Pinyol ESP RFME Yamaha 16 Points
- Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 12 Points
Text/Photo: PR NOTJ