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Maikel Melero Unstoppable During Night Two In Graz

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Rounding off the second of two double bill FMX European Championship weekends in Austria, those magnificent men on their flying machines delivered yet another unparalleled display of trick cycling.

Once again, the youngsters in the line-up ‰ÛÒ Filip Podmol and Luc Ackermann ‰ÛÒ made it through to the final. Podmol junior qualified with an Underflip, a Surfer Tsunami Flip and various other tricks learned from his big brother to take a sensational fourth place.

Luc had problems again with his Cordova Flip but still managed to squeeze through into the final in sixth. Unfortunately for him, he then had a crash landing in the Lifeproof Best Whip Contest and could barely manage a couple of show jumps in the second part of the main event.

Brice Izzo was also unable to dislodge the younger Podmol from fourth place in the final. Despite performing some well executed tricks, he finished the evening three points adrift.

The internal Czech duel for best result on the night was won by Petr Pilat. The tallest rider in the field pulled off a Dead Body Flip with near perfect extension, leaving Podmol trailing in his wake. It also secured him the Spark7 trophy for Best Trick of the Day. But even so, it still wasn‰Ûªt enough for more than third place in Sunday‰Ûªs NIGHT of the JUMPS at Graz.

The battle for top spot was a two-way contest between Remi Bizouard and a top-qualifying Maikel Melero. Remi delighted fans and judges in equal measure with his usual precision and assured style. An exquisite Ruler Flip saw him safely past Pilat.

But then the reigning world champion from Spain struck back. Melero had clearly been struggling in the previous European fixtures, but on Sunday, he was back to form with a new triple combination: a One-hand Takeoff One-Hand Seatgrab Rock Solid to No-Hand-Landing. And with a perfect Doublegrab Flip on his last jump, the judges were convinced that he merited the victory.

In the overall European Championship standings, Remi Bizouard stays ahead of Petr Pilat on 74 to 70 points. Melero on 61 points in third is now within touching distance.

NIGHT of the JUMPS will next be held on the weekend of 6th/7th March in Berlin where the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship will be contested.

The next round of the European Championship is scheduled for 26th April in Munich.
Round Results
1. Maikel Melero, ESP - 396 points
2. Remi Bizouard, FRA - 383 points
3. Petr Pilat, CZE - 380 points
4. Filip Podmol, CZE - 359 points
5. Brice Izzo, FRA - 356 points
6. Luc Ackermann - 61 points

Championship Standings After Round 4:
1. Remi Bizouard, FRA - 74 points
2. Petr Pilat, CZE - 70 points
3. Maikel Melero, ESP - 61 points
4. Luc Ackermann, GER - 50 points
5. Brice Izzo, FRA - 41 points
6. James Carter, USA - 36 points
7. Jose Miralles, ESP - 35 points
8. David Rinaldo, FRA - 34 points
9. Leonardo Fini, ITA - 30 points
10. Filip Podmol, CZE - 22 points
11. Steve Sommerfeld, AUS - 22 points

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