Night of the Jumps Berlin 2017 | The Run Down
Last weekend the third round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships delivered an incredible round of gravity defying action to over 16,000 spectators in the Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin. Unfortunately Team LifeProof rider Luc Ackermann is still in recovery mode so he did not compete, he’s pushing to be back for Krakow, stay tuned for the latest on his recovery.
After his flair crash the previous day, Ryan Brown (AUS) ruled himself out of the second night. David Rinaldo (FRA) who was still suffering from the flu on Saturday returned to competition. The former World Champion from 2013 put together a safe run, but not enough to move past qualifying. Instead he joined the commentary for the new NIGHT of the JUMPs Live Stream and delivered extra insight into the competition for the viewers.
Pinyol once again attempted his brand new trick which he landed the day before, the Surfer take off to Tsunami Flip from the quarter pipe. Unfortunately on the second night in Berlin, he was unable to land it. Kai Haase, the Berlin local hero once again impressed his home town crowd with the Egg Roll, a new trick for Kai. Filip Podmol also landed a new trick he’s never landed before to dirt, the Cali Roll. It seems impossible, but despite the tricks mentioned, none of these riders made it to the final. The big final list looked like this before the epic closing run, each competing for points in the World Championship: Leo Fini (ITA), Pat Bowden (AUS), Petr Pilat (CZE), Dany Torres (ES), Libor Podmol (CZE) and Maikel Melero (ES).
The LifeProof Best Whip competition ripped the audience from their seats. Pat Bowden and Marc Pinyol battled hard and after turning their bikes nearly 180 degrees in style, it would come down to the Australian who went a fraction further to secure his first LifeProof trophy of 2017.
The final was a raw and intense rematch between Dany Torres, Libor Podmol and Maikel Melero. First, the Red Bull rider, Torres, showed why he has been one of the best riders in Freestyle MX in the last 10 years, landing the Egg Roll, Paris Hilton Flip, Oxecutioner Flip, Double Grab Flip, Lazy Boy Flip and the Flair. The only rider to utilise the entire course in Berlin. Then Podmol risked everything, landing the Egg Roll, Surfer Tsunami Flip, Cliffhanger Flip, California Roll and the Volt in the Double-Up. All the pressure was now on Maikel Melero and the Spaniard countered directly with tricks like his own California Roll, Surfer Tsunami, Seat Grab Indy Flip, Lazy Boy Flip and Ruler Flip. His run was impeccable, until the last jump when he balked at the ramp for the Double up. This cost Melero valuable seconds in his Double Up to perform the Nac-Nac Flair. Instead, he ran out of time and his Flair was only counted as half points of the normal Double, thus relegating the World Champion back to third place. Podmol took the win over Torres and Libor Podmol also finished Maikel Melero’s hot streak of 12 victories in 12th months.
The next round of the LifeProof sponsored NIGHT of the JUMPs will be held on the 25th of March, 2017 in Krakow, Poland. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes news over at @lifeproof_europe.
Check out the summary of the results to see all the placings.
Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
- Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 433 Points
- Dany Torres ESP RFME KTM 418 Points
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 401 Points
- Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 401 Points
- Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha 370 Points
- Leonardo Fini ITA PZM KTM 350 Points
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 364 Points
- Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 362 Points
- Dany Torres ESP RFME KTM 350 Points
- Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 335 Points
- Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha 329 Points
- Leonardo Fini ITA PZM KTM 315 Points
- Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 310 Points
- Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Kawasaki 293 Points
- Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 279 Points
- Marc Pinyol ESP RFME Kawasaki 238 Points
- David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 220 Points
- Filip Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 213 Points
Results LifeProof Best Whip Contest
- Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha
- Marc Pinyol ESP RFME Kawasaki
- Massimo Bianconcini ITA PZM KTM 9,00 Meter
- Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 9,00 Meter
- Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 8,00 Meter