On Saturday, the first freestyle motocross event in Germany took place after a break of more than two years due to the pandemic. With more than 8,000 visitors, the Olympic Hall in Munich was almost sold out and the atmosphere for the comeback of the NIGHT of the JUMPs could not have been more electric. For the first time the freestylers competed in Munich at the Freestyle of Nations.
Luc Ackermann and Maikel Melero were on fire!
Team World consisted of O'NEAL riders Luc Ackermann, Maikel Melero and the FMX tandem duo Antonio Navas and Rocky Florensa.
Team World underlined their position as favorites right away in the first Freestyle Heat. Maikel Melero (ESP) showed besides the Frontflip also a California Roll and claimed victory.
Tandem Team Antonio Navas and Rocky Florensa
Matej Cesak with a perfect Tsunami
Luc Ackermann won the Best Whip Contest and extended Team World's lead.
In the Synchro Contest Team France and Team World had a spectacular battle. With two perfectly synchronized Tsunami Indy Flips Luc Ackermann and Maikel Melero took the win again.
Two legends side by side: Luc Ackermann and Maikel Melero
In the final freestyle heat Luc Ackermann fired out tricks like the 360°, Holygrab, Clicker Superflip, Seatgrab Flip or 540° and crowned his winning run with a Double Backflip.
He also won the last contest of the evening with the Doubleflip in the Best Trick. Team World won the Freestyle of Nations 2022 with 633 points in the overall ranking.
Munich celebrated the extreme athletes of the NIGHT of the JUMPs long after the award ceremony. What a spectacular comeback for FMX sports after two years in front of an almost sold-out crowd in the Olympic Hall, which could not be topped in terms of drama.
The next NIGHT of the JUMPs will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. Munich FMX fans can look forward to March 25, 2023. Then the most extreme freestyle motocross sports series will return to the Olympic Hall.
Images by: Night of the Jumps / Oliver Franke