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Petr Pilat Crowned the 2015 NIGHT of the JUMPs European Champion

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The final round of the 2015 European Championships couldn‰Ûªt have ended in more spectacular fashion, with 12 riders competing at the 7th and final round of competition and three riders in the race to claim the overall championship, Czech Republic‰Ûªs Petr Pilat, the German Luc Ackermann and Brice Izzo from France.

Of the three riders in the hunt, Brice Izzo would hand in his cards first, putting together a solid run, but just not enough to crack into the top 6 final and sealed his 3rd place in the overall championship.

This gave Petr Pilat and Luc Ackermann some breathing space coming into the final. The Ackermann family celebrated early also, with Luc‰Ûªs older brother and the winner of yesterday‰Ûªs NIGHT of the JUMPs competition, Hannes Ackermann again taking pole position, as the one to beat coming into the Finals. Libor Podmol, Jose Miralles and Marc Pinyol completed the final top 6 qualifiers.

A horrifying crash unfortunately spelled the end to Lukas Weis‰Ûª final competition from NIGHT of the JUMPs, when he had previously declared this would his final competition before retirement. After a great career, it unravelled tonight, ejecting from a Nac Flip and requiring treatment in hospital.

The night didn‰Ûªt fare so well also for Frenchman Maxime Gregoire, who also tasted the dirt after his Flair and he also required treatment. Both riders are already doing better, and we wish them all the best and quick recovery.

The favourite in the Lifeproof Best Whip competition, USA‰Ûªs James Carter was upset by the younger Podmol brother, Filip Podmol who threw down some impressive racer-styled whips to defeat the Turndown Master.

The upset‰Ûªs continued in the Maxxis Highest Air, with X Games Silver medallist and favourite, Massimo Bianconcini bowing out at number 3 after he missed the bar at 8.50 metres. It was a tight competition between the German rider Kai Haase, whipping over the bar each time in style, however it was Jose Miralles from Spain whose 250 2-stroke screamed over the bar for the win.



The 2015 European Championship season came down to the top 6 finale, and with a hand full of points separating first and second place, Petr Pilat needed to ride strongly to take the overall win. Pilat rode consistently, but it was his new Candy-bar Take-off to Candybar lander Flip which helped to bump Jose Miralles to sixth place.

After taking his first podium finish last night in Round 6, Spain‰Ûªs Marc Pinyol couldn‰Ûªt replicate his podium efforts, but with an impressive run featuring the Surfer take-off to Tsunami Flip, California Roll and finishing the Double-Up with the Inside Roll, he showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

In 3rd place, it was clear Luc Ackermann had continued to build on his recent form, landing huge backflip combos, and also the 360 and Flair. The Hamburg crowd fed off Luc‰Ûªs energy and were with him on every trick. However, even with the 3rd place at the last round, it was clear that Petr Pilat would become the 2015 European Champion. For Luc Ackermann, a sensational run in the final sealed his 2015 season as the Runner-Up in the European Championships and German wunderkind status, a huge achievement at just 17 years of age.

The stage was set for the Round 7 battle, with Libor Podmol wanting redemption from last night‰Ûªs crash and to steal the win from Hannes Ackermann who was last night‰Ûªs winner. The German put together another brilliant run, perhaps even better than last nights with the inclusion of the 360 Nac and a huge Cliffhanger Flip.

But it would not be enough to claim back-to-back wins for Ackermann, instead Libor Podmol dished an impressive run stomping big technical flip tricks and up-right combos. Coupled with Volt on the Double-Up, Podmol appeared untouchable, despite such a brilliant run from Ackermann.

The NIGHT of the JUMPS now goes into the summer break and returns on September 05 with the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship back in London at The o2.

Hamburg, NIGHT of the JUMPs Results
1. Libor Podmol - 404 Points
2. Hannes Ackermann - 395 Points
3. Luc Ackermann - 378 Points
4. Marc Pinyol - 372 Points
5. Petr Pilat - 369 Points
6. Jose Miralles - 341 Points

Freestyle MX European Championships Final Standings:
1. Petr Pilat - 96 Points
2. Luc Ackermann - 89 Points
3. Brice Izzo - 81 Points
4. Remi Bizouard - 74 Points
5. Maikel Melero - 73 Points
6. Jose Miralles - 64 Points
7. Hannes Ackermann - 59 Points
8. Leonardo Fini - 57 Points
9. David Rinaldo - 54 Points
10. James Carter - 50 Points

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