Melero Crowned the NIGHT of the JUMPs King of Munich
Last Saturday saw the LifeProof sponsored NIGHT of the JUMPs and the worlds best FMX athletes arrived to Munich to lay down their biggest tricks in front of a crowed of 10,000.
Opening up the event was an exclusive live premier of our latest Living Proof movie with Team LifeProof athlete Luc Ackermann where he documents his inspirational journey. Check out the full video below to be inspired.
It was the fifth contest of the year, so adrenaline was high as each of the riders were here to make a mark on the standings. The riders threw down some of the craziest tricks ever seen in the Olympic Hall. In Qualification, 4 riders utilised the quarter pipe for the Egg Roll and 3 riders bringing the flair. One of the riders was Remi Bizouard who did his first ever Flair at NIGHT of the JUMPs. However, what was even more impressive was that he took off from the left ramp and not the traditional ramp on the right. Unfortunately for Remi, his qualification run would end abruptly when he landed on his gear lever on his second jump, a Ruler Flip, and had to finish his run in frustration. Bad luck also came to Filip Podmol who had a huge crash on his California Roll on his last jump in the Double Up.
Pat Bowden won the Trick of the Day in the preliminary round with his Rock Solid Backflip, the first time he’s ever landed this trick at NIGHT of the JUMPs. With a solid run, he secured a spot in the finals in third position. The second Australian, Ryan Brown from Melbourne, pushed his way into the Top 6 Final with a solid run and no mistakes. Ryan landed his first ever Egg Roll in competition and his signature Switchblade Flip over the Red Bull SuperKicker ramp. Libor Podmol, despite a recently fractured hand, was able to battle to get into the final alongside Leonardo Fini, Luc Ackermann and Maikel Melero.
In the LifeProof Best Whip Contest, the audience watched some of the biggest whips ever in Munich. Filip Podmol and Pat Bowden went head to head in the final. After his bad luck in the Freestyle Contest, Filip was looking to win the Whip Trophy. However Pat Bowden’s perfect turndown whips, which almost hit a 180 degree rotation, put Pat in the top spot and he took home the LifeProof trophy.
After seeing the Snowmobile backflip in Munich for the first time, the crowd were hungry for more coming in the final. Leonardo Fini managed to get past Ryan Brown after Ryan made a mistake on his Seat Grab Backflip. Libor Podmol was able to fix his mistakes from the qualification and put together a much better run in the finals, despite his broken hand to land the Egg Roll, TP Roll, Surfer Tsunami Flip and Cliffhanger Flip and taking 2nd place on the podium. Pat Bowden pushed for his first ever NIGHT of the JUMPs win with a Double Grab Flip, Ruler Flip, Hart Flip, Suicide No Hand Flip to No Hand Lander and Rock Solid Flip, but it was only enough for third place. The local hero, Luc Ackermann crashed on his California Roll attempt and was unable to get past the other riders to make it to the podium. If he had landed it, perhaps he could have made it to the top spot for the night. The Team LifeProof rider, however fell back to sixth place with the crash.
The reigning three time world champion, Maikel Melero, was the final rider of the night and delivered a lightning fast run including the Egg Roll, Nac Flair, California Roll, Seat Grab Flip, Tsunami Flip and Lazyboy Flip. With high scoring points, he secured another factory in front of Libor Podmol and Pat Bowden.
The next LifeProof sponsored NIGHT of the JUMPs will take place on 3rd of June, 2017 in the Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg.
Check the full run down of results below:
Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 396 Points
- Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 376 Points
- Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha 355 Points
- Leonardo Fini ITA OSK KTM 320 Points
- Ryan Brown AUS MA Kawasaki 299 Points
- Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 297 Points
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 361 Points
- Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 342 Points
- Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha 330 Points
- Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 311 Points
- Ryan Brown AUS MA Kawasaki 302 Points
- Leonardo Fini ITA OSK KTM 271 Points
- Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 264 Points
- Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 258 Points
- Filip Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 254 Points
- Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 87 Points