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European FMX Championships Round 3 and 4 Head TO Graz, Austria This Weekend

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This coming weekend, the NIGHT of the JUMPs freestyle motocross stars will be wheeling out their most extravagant tricks on the temporary dirt track in the Stadthalle at Graz (Austria).

The 2015 European FMX Championship kicked off last weekend at Linz and was also staged over two evenings.

The two Graz rounds will be contested by riders from three continents including American James Carter, who will be flying the flag for North America while Steve Sommerfeld will be defending the honour of Australia.

Europe will be represented by a strong contingent of reigning world champion Maikel Melero (ESP), ex-world champion Remi Bizouard (FRA), 2014 world championship runner-up Brice Izzo (FRA) and Jose Miralles (ESP).

Fans in the Stadthalle will also see Filip Podmol make his debut. The younger brother of 2010 World Champion Libor Podmol, is getting ready for his first ever outing in NIGHT of the JUMPs.

In the open qualifier at Linz last weekend, he gave a foretaste of the tricks he will be performing. Podmol junior failed to make it through to the main field by a single error on his run. He has now been booked by the organisers for Graz and will soon be trying to convince fans that he has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious elder brother.



Luc Ackermann has long since graduated from a similar scenario. The 17-year-old ‰Û÷little brother‰Ûª of Hannes Ackermann, who finished the 2012 world championship campaign in fifth place, has made his mark with 360s and Surfer Tsunami Flips, and is now touted as genuine podium contender. In fact, he almost made it through to the Top Three in Linz. Luc arrives in Graz occupying fourth place in the table and is once again expected to go all out for a maiden NIGHT of the JUMPs podium.

Last weekend‰Ûªs NIGHT of the JUMPs winner will obviously be back in action: Petr Pilat cut short his celebrations to return to Prague where he is now in intensive training for the Graz rounds of the series. It will be interesting to see if he reprises his new Dead Body Flip.

In addition to the freestyle competition, there will be the usual thrills and spills in the side contests. In the Maxxis Highest Air, X Games medallists will be attempting to break the current record which stands at 11.50 metres. The LifeProof Best Whip is a fast-moving procession of riders, all vying to pull off the most aesthetic whip of the evening.

NIGHT of the JUMPs is now into its 15th season, and this will be its seventh visit to Graz, the capital of the Steiermark (Styria) region, which has always proved to be fertile ground for this form of motorcycle sport.

It was here that Sweden‰Ûªs Fredrik Johansson performed the first One-Handed 360 in the history of FMX. And it is occasions such as this that no motorcycling or extreme sports fan should miss!

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