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Team Spain wins first NIGHT of the JUMPs Team Championship

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For the second year in a row, Jerez was scheduled to bring the 7th round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships.

But due to adverse wind conditions during training, the athletes were not able to adapt to the track. Thus, after the completion of the training sessions by the FMX athletes, it was decided to run an alternate competition but not continue as a World Championship round.

The NIGHT of the JUMPs event in Jerez then quickly transformed into a ‰Û÷Team Championship‰Ûª where three teams competed against each other:??

Team Spain with Dany Torres, Maikel Melero and Marc Pinyol?
Team France with David Rinaldo, Brice Izzo and Remi Bizouard
Team World with Rob Adelberg (AUS), Libor Podmol (CZE) and Petr Pilat (CZE)


Australian Rob Adelberg in action for the World Team
In the Qualifying round, all nine riders put together their own run and the points of each team were summed up to give a Team Ranking. The two highest ranked teams then went to the finals to compete for the NIGHT of the JUMPs Team Championship.

The Spanish trio showed hard tricks in Qualifying. Torres with the Lazyboy Flip and Shaolin Flip and Melero with a big Tsunami Flip. With a qualification result of second place in the preliminary round, Team Spain were narrowly behind the Team World. In the World team, Libor Podmol unleashed his Cliffhanger Flip, Adelberg with his Tsunami Flip and Pilat with an extended Shaolin Flip. Team France put in a solid effort, but weren‰Ûªt able to eclipse the other two teams and had to bow out of qualification.

In a spectacular LifeProof Best Whip contest, local hero Maikel Melero won in front of the Frenchman with all the style, David Rinaldo. Both put all their energy into whipping it as hard as possible in the Spanish sky but the home advantage went to Melero in the end.

In the final, riders from Spain and Team World took alternating runs before reaching the final result. Adelberg, Podmol and Pilat all showed excellent runs. But it was Dany Torres with the Double Grab Flip, Lazy Flip and Oxecutioner Flip combined with Melero‰Ûªs Stripper Flip and California Roll which had the audience jumping out of their seats in an electric atmosphere. The judges also gave the points decision to the Spanish team and thus Spain had won the first NIGHT of the JUMPs Team Championship.
Team Spain's Maikel Melero
The riders in the biggest Freestyle MX sports series in the world will now fly from Spain directly to Germany. The next stop of the World Championship series will be hosted by Cologne on Saturday the 8th of October, 2016. The LANXESS Arena will form the seventh round of the NIGHT of the JUMPs FIM Freestyle MX World Championships.

The Jerez podium
NIGHT of the JUMPs - Jerez, September 30, 2016

Results NIGHT of the JUMPs ‰ÛÒ Final
1. Team Spain 252 Points
Maikel Melero, Dany Torres, Marc Pinyol
2. Team World 243 Points
Rob Adelberg (AUS), Libor Podmol (CZE), Petr Pilat (CZE)

Results Qualification
1. Team World 237 Points
Rob Adelberg (AUS), Libor Podmol (CZE), Petr Pilat (CZE)
2. Team Spain 231 Points
Maikel Melero, Dany Torres, Marc Pinyol
3. Team France 222 Points
Remi Bizouard, David Rinaldo, Brice Izzo

Results LifeProof Best Whip Contest
1. Maikel Melero ESP
2. David Rinaldo FRA

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