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.

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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.

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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?

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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

  1. Maikel Melero ESP RFME            KTM              391 Points
  2. Remi Bizouard FRA RFME            Kawasaki       391 Points
  3. Petr Pilat CZE    ACCR            KTM              378 Points
  4. Rob Adelberg AUS MA               Yamaha         366 Points
  5. Brice Izzo FRA FFM              Yamaha         314 Points
  6. Leonardo Fini ITA OSK              KTM              273 Points

 

Results Qualification
  1. Maikel Melero ESP RFME            KTM              341 Points
  2. Remi Bizouard FRA RFME            Kawasaki       336 Points
  3. Petr Pilat CZE    ACCR            KTM              329 Points
  4. Leonardo Fini ITA OSK              KTM              328 Points
  5. Rob Adelberg AUS MA               Yamaha         324 Points
  6. Brice Izzo FRA FFM              Yamaha         293 Points
  7. Ryan Brown AUS MA               Kawasaki       265 Points
  8. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB           KTM              238 Points
  9. Nikolay Ivankov RUS MFR              Yamaha         211 Points
  10. Marcin Lukaszczyk POL PZM              Yamaha         201 Points

 

 

LifeProof Best Whip Contest

  1. Marcin Lukaszczyk POL PZM              Yamaha
  2. Maikel Melero ESP RFME            KTM

 

Maxxis Highest-Air

  1. Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM              KTM              8,50 Meter
  2. Maikel Melero ESP RFME            KTM              8,00 Meter

 

FIM Freestyle MX World Championship

Ranking (after 11th contest)

  1. Maikel Melero ESP RFME            Yamaha         200 Points
  2. Rob Adelberg AUS MA               Yamaha         158 Points
  3. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM              Kawasaki       137 Points
  4. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR            KTM              134 Points
  5. David Rinaldo FRA FFM              Yamaha         106 Points
  6. Brice Izzo FRA FFM              Yamaha           91 Points
  7. Pat Bowden AUS MA               Yamaha           76 Points
  8. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR            Yamaha          70 Points
  9. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB           KTM                69 Points
  10. Marc Pinyol ESP RFME            Yamaha           67 Points
  11. Luc Ackermann GER DMSB           Husqvarna       55 Points
  12. Jose Miralles ESP RFME            KTM                49 Points
  13. Leonardo Fini ITA OSK              KTM                43 Points

 

 

Alan Lund

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