On August 24th, NIGHT of the JUMPs summer break ended with the return of the world’s best riders to battle at the next round of the FIM Freestyle Motocross World Championship round in Daqing, China. The oil-field capital of China which is located Heilongjiang Province is growing into the location for many International Motor Sports at the Daqing Racing Car Town. NIGHT of the JUMPs became the biggest World Championship series to host a round, with the world’s longest running Freestyle Motocross series at the new motorsport site. Including Daqing, NIGHT of the JUMPs has now entertained Chinese fans in five cities across China over the past eight years.
Nine freestyle athletes from six nations competed in the 6th round of the World Championship series. Pat Bowden unfortunately couldn’t compete due to visa issues. However, the Japanese rider Hitoshi Takahashi celebrated his debut at NIGHT of the JUMPs with a string of big tricks such as Double Grab Flips and Lazyboy flips. Although Hitoshi suffered a few first-event nerves which led to a few mistakes and unfortunately he wasn’t able to make the final. The oldest rookie at a FIM FMX World Championship round, Edgar Torronteras who was one of the pioneers of Freestyle Motocross with his first shows in 1995, 3 years before Luc Ackermann was born, set the Chinese crowd on fire with his style to enter the Top 6 final after qualification. Edgar also blitzed the field to win the Best Trick trophy with his incredible upside-down whips.
Brice Izzo was looking to improve his trick level since Zurich and while Brice put together a solid run, it wasn’t enough to make the Top 6 final. Also, to miss the final was the German, Hannes Ackermann who crashed heavily on a Ruler Indy flip on his 3rd jump of the run by coming up a little short on landing and being thrown into a 180-degree crash at the bottom of the landing. Kai Haase (GER) and Filip Podmol (CZE) were able to advance to the final. Adam Jones (USA) put together a clinical display of FMX tricks to also make his 3rd World Championship finals in 2019.
The duel for the World Championship title between Maikel Melero and Luc Ackermann was raging again in China. The German had to show his cards first as Melero was the overall leader from the previous round. Ackermann put together a massive run filled with the Front Flip on the mechanical ramp, Flair, 360 and Double Flip which heaped the pressure on the 5-time World Champion. Melero countered with his own Front Flip and Flair, but only managed 3rd position in qualifying.
Melero must have been feeling the heat in the finale when he simply forgot to add the Front Flip and then also crashing his Nac-Nac Flair which put him in 5th place overall for the first round of competition in Daqing. Unlike the lack of concentration from Melero, Filip Podmol was ice cold. The young Czech rider landed in 3rd overall with his Ruler Flip, Cliffhanger Flip and Seat Grab Flip to take his first ever podium finish in a NIGHT of the JUMPs World Championship round.
Adam Jones had an almost perfect final round with Ruler, Cliffhanger, Double Grab and Dead Body Flips. But it was the impressive upright tricks such as the Turntable and McMetz to Heelclicker which impressed the crowd with his own personal style and secured his second position for the night.
Against Jones’ stylish run, Luc Ackermann was going to push on and show his biggest tricks, even in the slippery conditions where the ramps were becoming more and more wet with the evening dew. Luc pulled out all of the stops when he landed his Front Flip, Flair, 360 Nac Nac and Surfer Tsunami Flip and finishing with his Double Backflip which he had previously felt ‘wheel-spin’ on in the qualifying round. With almost 50 points ahead of Jones, the judges honoured the 21 year old German’s performance and the top place points secured his lead in the overall title fight before the next round. Ackermann now leads with 109 points over Melero with 104 points.
Maikel Melero will have the opportunity to put together his best run the following day when the world’s best riders meet again for the 7th round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship series.
NIGHT of the JUMPs FIM Freestyle Motocross World Championships
Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Final
- Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 384 Points
- Adam Jones USA AMA Yamaha 335 Points
- Filip Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 298 Points
- Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 278 Points
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 267 Points
- Edgar Torronteras ESP RFME Yamaha 264 Points
- Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 347 Points
- Adam Jones USA AMA Yamaha 306 Points
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 293 Points
- Filip Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 262 Points
- Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 251 Points
- Edgar Torronteras ESP RFME Yamaha 240 Points
- Brice Izzo FRA FFM Husqvarna 225 Points
- Hitoshi Takahashi JAP Yamaha 186 Points
- Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 64 Points
Results Best Whip Contest
- Edgar Torronteras ESP RFME Yamaha
- Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki
Results Synchro Contest
- Adam Jones USA AMA Yamaha
2. Filip Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha
FIM Freestyle MX World Championship 2019
Ranking (after 6th contest)
- Luc Ackermann GER DMSB Husqvarna 109 Points
- Maikel Melero ESP RFME KTM 04 Points
- Pat Bowden AUS MA Yamaha 74 Points
- Filip Podmol CZE ACCR Yamaha 52 Points
- Adam Jones USA AMA Yamaha 50 Points
- Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Husqvarna 42 Points
- Javier Villegas CHL FMC Suzuki 41 Points
- Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 41 Points
- Rob Adelberg AUS MA Yamaha 40 Points
- Leonardo Fini ITA PZM KTM 36 Points
- Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 31 Points
- Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 29 Points
- Brice Izzo FRA FFM Husqvarna 26 Points
- Jeremy Rouanet FRA FFM Yamaha 12 Points
- Fred Kyrillos BRA CBM Honda 12 Points
- Edgar Torronteras ESP RFME Yamaha 10 Points
- Hitoshi Takahashi JAP MFJ Yamaha 8 Points
- Mat Rebeaud SUI FMS Alta 7 Points