Maikel Melero Dominates at Gdansk | NIGHT of the JUMPs
The LifeProof sponsored NIGHT of the JUMPs World Series came to a close in Gdansk on the 18th of November 2016. The Ergo Arena saw 10 of worlds best Freestyle motocross athletes from 8 nations fight for the final points of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship Season.
Although the World Champion had already been crowned at the previous round in the season over in Shenzhen, China, with Maikel Melero and the Silver being handed over to Rob Adelberg. The main competition was between Remi Bizouard and Petr Pilat for the bronze medal. With this in mind you would think that the top two riders would hold back and leave the biggest tricks to the rest of the riders. Luckily there was no chance that Melero and Adelberg would allow anyone to show them up, they put everything on the line to show the roaring crowds what they’re made of.
Melero even came out on fire for the LifeProof Best Whip contest and made it through to the final where the title was taken from him by the skin of his teeth. Local rider Marcin Lukaszczyk won the crowd over and pulled off an gnarly routine of whips to take home the trophy.
In the final everyone came out on top form. Petr Pilat pushed his limits and brought something new that no one had ever seen him land before, a perfect Flair which landed him 3rd place in the final.
Then up came Remi Bizouard who had suffered a broken hand a few short weeks earlier, battling through the pain and surprising everyone by showing off his biggest tricks including the Egg Roll, Ruler Flip, Cliffhanger Flip and Volt in the Double Up. This outstanding run landed Bizouard 3rd place overall for the World Championship and pushed Petr Pilat back to the unenviable 4th position overall in one of the tightest match-ups we’ve ever seen.
Melero followed shortly after and was not ready to be outdone. Outshining the French rider with his Flair, Lazyboy Flip and Melero Roll (a trick so unique that they named it after him). This gravity defying flurry of tricks landed Melero his 10th win from the 11 events in the 2016 season. No other rider has dominated so much in the 10 year history of the FIM World Championships. Can anyone stop him?
The NIGHT of the JUMPs crew and riders will take a short Winter break and return for a new season which starts on the 28th of January, 2017, with the start of the World Championship in Basel, followed by the double event in Berlin (4/5th February, 2017).
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Full Result Break Down Here:
Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 391 Points
- Remi Bizouard FRA RFME Kawasaki 391 Points
- Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 378 Points
- Rob Adelberg AUS MA Yamaha 366 Points
- Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 314 Points
- Leonardo Fini ITA OSK KTM 273 Points
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 341 Points
- Remi Bizouard FRA RFME Kawasaki 336 Points
- Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 329 Points
- Leonardo Fini ITA OSK KTM 328 Points
- Rob Adelberg AUS MA Yamaha 324 Points
- Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 293 Points
- Ryan Brown AUS MA Kawasaki 265 Points
- Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 238 Points
- Nikolay Ivankov RUS MFR Yamaha 211 Points
- Marcin Lukaszczyk POL PZM Yamaha 201 Points
LifeProof Best Whip Contest
- Marcin Lukaszczyk POL PZM Yamaha
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM
- Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM 8,50 Meter
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 8,00 Meter
FIM Freestyle MX World Championship
Ranking (after 11th contest)
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 200 Points
- Rob Adelberg AUS MA Yamaha 158 Points
- Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 137 Points
- Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 134 Points
- David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 106 Points
- Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 91 Points
- Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha 76 Points
- Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 70 Points
- Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 69 Points
- Marc Pinyol ESP RFME Yamaha 67 Points
- Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 55 Points
- Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 49 Points
- Leonardo Fini ITA OSK KTM 43 Points