Nuremberg, November 10, 2018: On Saturday night, the best riders from NIGHT of the JUMPs stormed the Nurnberger Versicherung Arena after a long 12 yearsbreak since the last event. NIGHT of the JUMPs made its long-awaited return to Nurnberg with a new format of the Freestyle of Nations competition concept.
Three teams battled in the second nation’s competition in 2 years, to acquire as many points for the overall team total in various competitions.
The defending nation from 2017, Australia were always going to be tough to beat. Pat Bowden and Ryan Brown were supported by Jamie Squibb from England, while the German team led by Luc Ackermann was spearheaded by the imports of Petr Pilat from Czech Republic after the older Ackermann brother, Hannes, was unable to compete. Thomas Wirnsberger from Austria filled out the German team. France was represented for the first time in the new Nations concept with the French stalwart, Brice Izzo as team captain, his older brother Romain Izzo and newcomer Nicolas Texier.
One of the first contest of the evening was Maxxis Best Whip, where Jamie Squibb took full points for Team Australia. In a battle against Wirnsberger, Squibby had undoubtedly the biggest whips from all.
Each of the nine athletes put on their own individual Freestyle MX run, with seven tricks, plus the Double Up. The riders had the chance to score 100 points for their nation in each run. In each of the 3 heats, 1 rider from each nation would go into battle.
Heat number 1 saw Thomas Wirnsberger sneak ahead of Jamie Squibb by one point and Romain Izzo in 3rd. In Heat 2, the German local hero, Luc Ackermann unleashed a massive run in the sold-out arena with his biggest ricks including one of the best 360’s ever seen by Luc, Holy Grab, a massive Ruler Flip and in the Double Up, the Double Backflip. Resulting in a score of 99 out of a possible 100 points, Team Germany went to the top of the leader board. Ryan Brown from Australia took victory in the 3rd heat.
Team France took the full 100 point honours in the Synchro Contest. Brice Izzo and Nicolas Texier put their tricks perfectly in sync while Luc Ackermann and Petr Pilat took second place with huge side by side Tsunami Flips.
The Team Train competition was again won by Team France. The Izzo Brothers and Texier showed the same trick in every single jump, side by side and in a train, to get the judges on their side.
The Honor Best Trick competition was always going to be the highlight of the show. Pat Bowden unleashed a Ruler Indy Flip while Romain Izzo stomped a perfect Front Flip. But it would not be enough with the local German rider, Luc Ackermann hammering home another perfect Double Backflip to win.
With this result in the final session, the German team took the overall lead and triumphed in the third Freestyle of Nations event in history at NIGHT of the JUMPs.
NIGHT of the JUMPs World Tour 2018 is nearing its completion. Next weekend, the world’s best FMX riders will fight in the last two rounds of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship in Shenzhen, China. This is the ultimate battle between Maikel Melero and Luc Ackermann, to see if Melero can win his 5th world title in a row, or Ackermann can become the youngest ever World Champion. After the winter break, the new World Championship season will start at NIGHT of the JUMPs in Berlin on 22nd and 23rd of February 2019 in the Mercedes-Benz Arena.