Freestyle

Ravid Rinaldo Wins Opening European Night Of The Jumps Championship

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Spectators in the Tips Arena in Linz, Austria were treated to the greatest barrage of tricks ever seen in Linz this on Friday night as twelve freestyle motocross aces from three continents battled it out at the NIGHT of the JUMPs for the first championship points.

Leonardo Fini, Davide Rossi (both Italy) and Steve Sommerfeld qualified on Thursday via the open qualifier for the remaining three places in the European championship opener.

Each year, organisers give young riders the chance to qualify for NIGHT of the JUMPs international contests at the open quali. The three seized this chance to prove their worth, but it was not enough to take them through into the final round.

Maikel Melero and Hannes Ackermann also missed the finale in surprising fashion. Incredibly, the Spanish world champion forgot a trick. Ackermann, who placed second here in Linz in 2013 to achieve his greatest success to date, messed up the Cliffhanger Flip and could only finish a lowly twelfth.

By way of contrast, his brother Luc, who took a tumble here last year as he performed his first jump in his first contest, was bang on form. The 17

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