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David Rinaldo Wins Opening Night Of The Jumps At The Swiss Grand Prix

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Spring has sprung in Switzerland, and the World Championship series was heating up inside the St Jakobshalle arena when the riders battled again at the 6th round of NIGHT of the JUMPs.

Before the event kicked off, many of the riders were affected by French Air-controller strikes which stopped all flights going through French air-space, consequently forcing riders to miss their flights and find alternative transport, but the most affected rider was none-other than the current World Championships points leader, Maikel Melero.

Melero‰Ûªs flights were cancelled not once, but twice and was then forced to drive 1,900 kilometres through the night to arrive in Basel 2 hours after practise had begun.

Qualification was filled with drama, and a very close battle between the two Italian‰Ûªs, Leo Fini and Davide Rossi who showed they have stepped up their riding since the European Championships qualifier in Linz. Also Germany‰Ûªs Hannes Ackermann, USA‰Ûªs James Carter and Jose Miralles, however the Spaniard, Miralles, would go through to the final and piece together a smooth run and secure 5th place.

Miralles had a busy night after making the Final 6 by also taking out the win in the Maxxis Highest Air competition over fellow Spaniard, Maikel Melero, with a final height of 9.00 metres. Jose‰Ûªs victory has now catapulted him to the overall leader of the Maxxis Highest Air series in front of Massimo Bianconcini who wasn‰Ûªt able to compete in Basel. USA‰Ûªs James Carter also came away with the victory in the Lifeproof Best Whip competition, with the undisputed best whip, easily turning his bike down past 120 degrees.

In the final, the crowd witnessed the only crash of the night from the Czech star, Libor Podmol, who took a dirt sample when over-rotating his Surfer Take-off Flip to Tsunami on only his second jump of his run. Podmol had pushed through from a mid-week training injury and was lucky to avoid any further injury in this mishap.
The level of competition at the sixth round of the FIM World Freestyle championship was intense
Rob Adelberg (AUS) and Remi Bizouard (FRA) battled for 3rd place, the Australian didn‰Ûªt put a foot wrong, pulling out an impressive run with smooth style on technical tricks like the ‰Û÷Sideshow to Side Saddle landing‰Ûª and huge Christ Air to No-hand landing without a bar check. But it was Remi‰Ûªs run filled with some of the biggest tricks in the sport to secure his place on the podium in 3rd.

Remi wanted to prove a point in Basel and seek revenge for his 5th place in Tours 2 weeks earlier, with perfect extension on Cliffhanger, Shaolin and Tsunami Flips, coupled with the technical Volt body varial in the Double Up.

It wouldn‰Ûªt be enough for Remi to close the gap on the 2015 break-away riders, 2013 World Champion David Rinaldo and 2014 World Champion Maikel Melero. Melero (ESP) had to push through exhaustion of all-night driving from Spain into Switzerland, but you could not see any lag in his final run after qualifying in first place.

Melero put together a smooth run, full of technical take-off combos, side-saddle take off California Roll and was the only rider to utilise the Quarter Pipe with a 540 Flair. Maikel‰Ûªs only mistake would come from dropping his foot on the Flair to keep him upright after a hard landing, and it cost him the mere 2 points from the winning run.



The night would belong to France‰Ûªs David Rinaldo, and it wasn‰Ûªt hard to see why he is one of the most in-form Freestyle MX riders on the planet at the moment. Rinaldo began his run with all the perfection of a Swiss watch, showcasing a perfect Volt and including big technical tricks in his run such as the ‰Û÷One hand Take-off Flip to Seat Grab flip over the Super Kicker‰Ûª, busting out a second body varial, the ‰Û÷California Roll‰Ûª inside the 110 second run and then finishing with a Double Grab Indy Flip for the Double-Up, a refreshing change from other riders who leave their body varial for the last jump.

The 2015 series could not be closer, both David Rinaldo and Maikel Melero having secured 3 wins and two Runner Up positions each, the battle is only going to get hotter for the second night in Basel and could be a turning point for both riders for the remainder of the season.

Qualifying Results
1. Maikel Melero - 352 Points
2. Remi Bizouard - 346 Points
3. David Rinaldo - 342 Points
4. Libor Podmol - 341 Points
5. Rob Adelberg - 340 Points
6. Jose Miralles - 292 Points
7. James Carter - 267 Points
8. Hannes Ackermann - 265 Points
8. Davide Rossi - 262 Points
10. Leonardo Fini - 251 Points
11. Fred Wasner - 184 Points
Podium
Final Round Results
1. David Rinaldo - 413 Points
2. Maikel Melero - 411 Points
3. Remi Bizouard - 403 Points
4. Rob Adelberg - 389 Points
5. Jose Miralles - 321 Points
6. Libor Podmol - 37 Points

FIM Freestyle MX World Championship After Round 6
1. Maikel Melero - 108 Points
2. David Rinaldo - 96 Points
3. Rob Adelberg - 94 Points
4. Libor Podmol - 76 Points
5. Remi Bizouard - 58 Points
6. Jose Miralles - 53 Points
7. Brice Izzo - 43 Points
8. Hannes Ackermann - 38 Points
9. James Carter - 37 Points
10. Luc Ackermann - 33 Points

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