O’Neal team rider Maikel Melero wins the FIM FMX World Championship season kick-off in front of 8,000 fans in Basel/Switzerland.
We have accompanied Maikel at the NOTJ in Basel and produced a video of his victorious runs and collected some quotes of him during the event:
After the winter break, the best Freestyle MX riders came to the first round of the 2017 NIGHT of the JUMPs Tour in the St. Jakobshalle. The reigning World Champion Maikel Melero dominated already the qualification by unleashing big tricks like the Flair, the Ruler- and the Lazy Boy Flip.
In the finals, he again showed why he is a cut above the rest. Melero brought tricks like the Seat Grab Flip, Ruler Flip, California Roll and the Nac-Nac Flair. The judges rewarded him with 431 points, putting the Spaniard firmly in the lead over Pilat and Bowden.
Maikel celebrated his victory with the fans in Basel and did some break-dance action on the landing. Finally he threw his O’Neal Element FR Jersey and AMX Blocker Gloves into the cheering crowd, which went crazy!
With his latest triumph, the reigning World Champion has taken the lead again in the 2017 World Championship series. Good luck to Maikel for the next two rounds that will take place the upcoming weekend in Berlin (4th/5th February at the Mercedes Benz Arena).
Fans worldwide will also be able to watch the NIGHT of the JUMPs World Tour live by visiting www.nightofthejumps.com/live this year. All events will be streamed live.
NIGHT of the JUMPs / FIM Freestyle MX World Championship
Final Results Basel
- Maikel Melero 431 Points
- Petr Pilat 396 Points
- Pat Bowden 375 Points
- Brice Izzo 333 Points
- David Rinaldo 320 Points
FIM FMX World Champs Ranking
- Maikel Melero 20 Points
- Petr Pilat 18 Points
- Pat Bowden 16 Points
- Brice Izzo 14 Points
- David Rinaldo 12 Points
More information about Maikel on our O’NEAL athlete page.
Images by: LCS Fotografie / TOBPIX.com
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