Over two successive NIGHT of the JUMPs staged at the ERGO Arena in the Polish port city of Gdansk, spectators were thrilled by a double bill of the best in freestyle motocross sport. On Sunday night, Remi Bizouard (FRA) once again took all 20 FIM Freestyle MX World Championship points, thereby narrowing Javier Villegas’s (CHL) current lead to 17. So at the end of a highly successful weekend in Poland, the Frenchman goes home with maximum haul of 40 championship points.
As Alastair Sayer (BOT) sustained an injury the day before, only twelve FMX riders contested the qualifying round on Sunday. And with the exception of Brice Izzo (FRA) who came of his bike attempting a Miniflip, it was the same line-up of finalists as on Saturday: taking Izzo’s place was Jose Miralles, alongside Maikel Melero (ESP), David Rinaldo (FRA), Petr Pilat (CZE), Villegas and Bizouard.
German rider Fabian Bauersachs in P8 finished two places higher on the leader board than the night before. Local hero Artur Puzio (POL) followed up a Miniflip with his own version of Long Distance Flip on Dirt, which sadly ended in a crash. Still on the mend after injuring himself quite badly earlier this year, Libor Podmol finished tenth, a creditable result in the circumstances.
Massimo Bianconcini (ITA) put in a good run and was unlucky to miss out on the final by just seven points. But the Italian once again dominated the side contests after his double triumph on Saturday, claiming victory in the Whip contest and in the Maxxis Highest Air on Day 2.
The Top Six stepped up a gear for the finale, pulling out their most spectacular tricks. Jose Miralles pleased the crowd with a Saran Wrap Flip, while David Rinaldo performed an Airplane with super-clean extension and Maikel Melero showed off his new Doublegrab Flip. But even stunts of this complexity were not enough to deprive Petr Pilat of third place: the Red Bull rider has now taken his second podium in the last three contests.
But this was of minor interest once Javier Villegas rode out onto the track. If the Chilean could see off the challenge from Bizouard, he would then wrap up the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship on the night. Villegas summoned up all his best routines: Pastrana Trick with No-Hand Landing, Tsunami Flip and a Suicide Flip Lookback in which he almost touched the rear protective board with his helmet. But he was ultimately undone by a botched No-Hand Landing. Bizouard was once again firing on all cylinders, finishing three points ahead thanks to consummately executed Ruler and Hart Attack Flips.
The upshot of which is that the destination of this year’s FIM Freestyle MX World Championship trophy will not be known until the final round of the competition on 17th December in Sofia. Remi Bizouard is still behind Villegas in the overall standings but his double victory this weekend has reduced the deficit to 17 points. So maximum tension is guaranteed for the NIGHT of the JUMPs premiere in Bulgaria, which is also the closing round of the championship.
FIM Freestyle MX World Championships - Gdansk, 27th November 2011 – Round 11 Final 1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Honda 435 points 2. Javier Villegas CHL AMA Yamaha 432 3. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 414 4. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 401 5. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 395 6. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 386
Results Qualification 1. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Honda 370 2. Javier Villegas CHL AMA Yamaha 370 3. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 360 4. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 347 5. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 345 6. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 331 7. Massimo Bianconcini ITA ACCR KTM 324 8. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 288 9. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 285 10. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 225 11. Artur Puzio POL PZM Suzuki 139 12. Michael Daciuk POL PZM Yamaha 121
Results Race & Style 1. Massimo Bianconcini ITA ACCR KTM 2. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM
Results MAXXIS Highest Air 1. Massimo Bianconcini ITA ACCR KTM 8,10 Meter 2. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 7,80 Meter
FIM Freestyle MX World Championships Ranking (after 11th contest) 1. Javier Villegas CHL AMA Yamaha 192 points 2. Remi Bizouard FRA FFM Yamaha 175 3. Jose Miralles ESP RFME KTM 146 4. Maikel Melero ESP RFME Yamaha 129 5. Libor Podmol CZE ACCR Suzuki 110 6. David Rinaldo FRA FFM Yamaha 110 7. Josh Sheehan AUS MA Honda 96 8. Fabian Bauersachs GER DMSB KTM 83 9. Petr Pilat CZE ACCR KTM 77 10. Massimo Bianconcini ITAL ACCR KTM 59 11. Romain Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 52 12. Brice Izzo FRA FFM Yamaha 43 13. Lukas Weis GER DMSB Suzuki 42 14. Hannes Ackermann GER DMSB KTM 40 15. Kai Haase GER DMSB Suzuki 10
While Taddy Blazusiak's three convincing victories at the opening round of the 2012 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship were anything but unexpected, and with many predicting a strong showing from overall runner-up Joakim Ljunggren, the surprise of the evening was Spanish rider Cristobal Guerrero who took third spot.
Getting his night of to a sensational start the KTM factory rider placed second behind Blazusiak, making his intentions of a strong end-of-night overall result clear. But just when things were looking good for Cristobal a somewhat disappointing sixth in the second final meant that an overall podium position was anything but guaranteed.
"I'm so happy to come away with third overall today," confirmed a delighted Cristobal. "I didn't have a lot of time to prepare for this event so I wasn't sure what to expect. Having raced the KTM 350 EXC all year this was the first time that I rode the KTM 250 EXC and it took a while to adjust riding to a two-stroke again. My first race was fantastic and I had a great battle for second with Jonny Walker. We swapped places many times, but I was able to finish second right at the end of the race. I've loved racing the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship and I'm excited now to go and race in Poland."
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The opening round of the 2012 FIM SuperEnduro Championship held in the Palasport Fiera, Genoa, Italy witnessed the perfect to start the series for KTM's specialist enduro star Taddy Blazusiak. Pre-race favourite, Taddy dominated the event taking victory in each of the three SuperEnduro finals. After a steady opening race Husaberg's Joakim Ljunggren improved during the course of the evening to secure second overall, followed closely by KTM's Cristobal Guerrero who took third.
Recording the fastest time in qualification, Blazusiak was quick out of the starting gates and grabbed the holeshot in the opening SuperEnduro final. As he quickly set about distancing himself from the rest of the field, an exciting race for the remaining podium positions developed behind him. Ljunggren, who topped the opening final twelve months ago in Genoa, struggled to recover from a poor start while Xavier Galindo - Husaberg initially held second. Under pressure Gallindo fell back into third as Guerrero began to work his way forward. By mid distance Britain's Jonny Walker - KTM had charged his way from outside the top ten to challenge Gallindo for third. Finding his way past in the log section, Walker closed the gap to Guerrero and with less than a lap to go had passed the Spaniard, but lost the runner-up position just metres from the chequered flag.
With the start order reversed for the second SuperEnduro final, Blazusiak again claimed the holeshot, although this time from the far outside gate. Quickly stretching his lead to over six seconds, the Polish rider held his advantage to enjoy another start-to-finish victory. Behind him home favourite Alex Salvini – Husqvarna recovered quickly from a poor start to record his best result of the night as he snatched second position away from Ljunggren in the dying moments of the race. With Ljunggren making a mistake in the water splash section it was all that was needed for Salvini to find a way past for second, much to the delight of the Italian crowd. With two convincing wins to his credit Blazusiak began the night’s third final in exactly the same way he started all others – by claiming a convincing holeshot and quickly establishing himself as the rider to beat. Instantly opening up a commanding lead Taddy put the finishing touches to a perfect night and having made no mistakes claimed a well-deserved third final win to end the opening round of the 2012 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship with a perfect score of sixty points.
Swede Joakim Ljunggren claimed his best result of the night to place as runner-up behind Blazusiak, claiming the same position in the event’s overall results. Third went to Xavi Gallindo, who like Ljunggren claimed his best result of the three finals. Third overall went to Spaniard Cristobal Guerrero, who placed one-point ahead of countryman Xavi Gallindo. The 2012 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship now moves on to Poland, where round two takes place in Lodz on Saturday 10th December.
Dubai-based American Tonya Colson is flying the female flag at this weekend’s Qatar International Baja, which starts from the Sealine Beach Resort, near Mesaieed, on Friday afternoon.
Colson is the only female participant in this year’s Qatar International Baja and will ride a KTM 450 EXC in the 450cc motorcycle class. A freelance photographer, who originally hails from Hood River in Oregon and who studied at Oregon State University, Colson will be competing in a motor sport event in Qatar for the first time and arrived in Doha this morning.
She will form part of a four-bike Sandstorm team from the United Arab Emirates, alongside the promising British rider Sam Sunderland, Emirati Khalid Al-Falasi and Australia’s Justin Taylor.
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It was the first round of FMSCT Thailand Supercross 2011 in Nakhonsawan, kraitosography was there for one day trip, I captured with vintage 1962 Yashica Reflex 35 J with Kodak 400 TX film.