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28.10.2007 IFMXF FIM World Championships in Riga (LAT) - 1st Day

A most impressive return of André Villa

The IFMXF premiere in Riga was the eighth round of the FIM Freestyle MX World Championship. It started with rider Ailo Gaup (NOR) in the lead, followed by the IFMXF comeback of André Villa (NOR). Three German riders made their way to Riga, Busty Wolter (GER), Fabian Bauersachs (GER) and Lukas Weis (GER). Johansson (SWE), Koren and Podmol (both CZE), Kjorstad (NOR), Franklin (NZL), Bianconcini (ITA) and Jussi Seljas (FIN) completed the group of participants.
The qualification in Riga brought an IFMXF premiere. For the first time ever 12 riders did a longdistance flip. So like in Metz the qualifying led to a backflip try out. This time we saw the NIGHT of the JUMPs Superman Flip premiere of Italian Massimo Bianconcini and also the first long distance flip of Jussi Seljas at the IFMXF. Oystein Kjorstad premiered with an Indian Air Flip but crashed at the landing. Busty Wolter did a massive run, Ailo Gaup impressed the crowd with Superman and Heelclicker Flip, even though he had a broken hand. But one guy marked the qualification. André Villa is definitely back on the IFMXF track. He is back to his form of 2005 and 2006.
Fabian Bauersachs (GER) - Tsunami / Photo by: IFMXF
Fabian Bauersachs (GER) - Tsunami / Photo by: IFMXF
From the outstanding show Lukas Weis, Libor Podmol, Fabian Bauersachs, Busty Wolter, Ailo Gaup and André Villa made it through to the final.
Germany’s Lukas Weis came first in the Whip contest, beating Norway’s André Villa. Libor Podmol came top in the Highest Air challenge, reaching over 7,70 metres in the first attempt, followed by German Florian Menge with 7,70 metres in the second attempt.
The final opened with Lukas Weis. His run wasn’t that impressive like his qualifying. Weis gained 273 points, putting him in fifth place.
Libor Podmol (CZE) - Heelclicker / Photo by: IFMXF
Libor Podmol (CZE) - Heelclicker / Photo by: IFMXF
Libor Podmol was the next rider to perform, finishing in second place with 307 points. His performance consisted of Cordova Backflip, Cliffhanger to No-Hand-Landing, Heelclicker and Superman Flip.
Up next was Fabian Bauersachs. With a solid run, he gained 287 points, putting him in third place.
Next German Busty Wolter was highly motivated, to reach his third place from the qualifying in the final too. But he had some small problems in his run. 281 points putt him on forth place.
Ailo Gaup was hyped to win the Night of the Jumps in Riga. Unfortunately, due to an injured shoulder, which caused him to drop out just after his seventh stunt, he finished in sixth position with 224 points.
AndréVilla (NOR) - Superman Flip / Photo by: IFMXF
AndréVilla (NOR) - Superman Flip / Photo by: IFMXF
Norway André Villa proved his determination to get back to a leadership in the Freestyle MX World Championship, gaining first position with 331 points through stunts like No-Hand Flip, 1-Hand Nac Flip, Underflip or Superman Flip. This was his evening and a welldone comeback.
With Gaup’s sixth place he still leads the FIM Freestyle MX World Championships with 143 points. Czech Libor Podmol came second, 21 points behind. Frenchman Remi Bizouard currently in third place with 115 points, comes in front of German Fabian Bauersachs, on 91.
Win Ceremony / Photo by: IFMXF
Win Ceremony / Photo by: IFMXF


  1. André Villa (NOR, Suzuki), 277 Punkte
  2. Ailo Gaup (NOR, Honda), 268
  3. Sebastian Wolter (GER, Suzuki), 243
  4. Fabian Bauersachs (GER, Kawasaki), 240
  5. Libor Podmol (CZE, Suzuki), 239
  6. Lukas Weis (GER, Suzuki), 234
  7. Fredrik Johansson (SWE, Suzuki), 226
  8. Nick Franklin (NZL, KTM), 225
  9. Massimo Bianconcini (ITA, Honda), 210
  10. Oystein Kjorstad (NOR, KTM), 215
  11. Jussi Seljas (FIN, Honda), 193
  12. Martin Koren (CZE, KTM), 172

Whip Contest:

  1. Lukas Weis (GER, Suzuki)
  2. André Villa (NOR, Suzuki)
  3. Sebastian Wolter (GER, Suzuki)
  4. Massimo Bianconcini (ITA, Honda)
  5. Martin Koren (CZE, KTM)
  6. Nick Franklin (NZL, KTM)

Highest Air:

  1. Libor Podmol (CZE), 7,70 m
  2. Florian Menge (GER), 7,70 m
  3. Lukas Weis (GER), 7,30 m


  1. André Villa (NOR, Suzuki), 331 points
  2. Libor Podmol (CZE, Suzuki), 307
  3. Fabian Bauersachs (GER, Kawasaki), 287
  4. Sebastian Wolter (GER, Suzuki), 281
  5. Lukas Weis (GER, Suzuki), 273 Points
  6. Ailo Gaup (NOR, Honda), 224


  1. André Villa (NOR), 20.0 points
  2. Libor Podmol (CZE), 18.0
  3. Fabian Bauersachs (GER), 16.0
  4. Sebastian Wolter (GER), 14.0
  5. Lukas Weis (GER), 12.0
  6. Ailo Gaup NOR), 10.0
  7. Fredrik Johansson (SWE), 9.0
  8. Nicholas Franklin (NZL), 8.0
  9. Massimo Bianconcini (ITA), 7.0
  10. Oystein Kjorstad (NOR), 6.0
  11. Jussi Seljas (FIN), 5.0
  12. Martin Koren (CZE), 4.0

FIM Freestyle MX World Championships - Ranking:

  1. Ailo Gaup (NOR, Honda), 143 points
  2. Libor Podmol (CZE, Suzuki), 122
  3. Remi Bizouard (FRA, Yamaha), 115
  4. Fabian Bauersachs (GER, Kawasaki), 91
  5. Lukas Weis (GER, Suzuki), 76
  6. Romain Izzo (FRA, Honda), 76
  7. Fredrik Johansson (SWE, Suzuki), 71
  8. Oystein Kjorstad (NOR, KTM), 67
  9. Mat Rebeaud (SUI, KTM), 58
  10. Sebastian Wolter (GER, Suzuki), 43
  11. Mike Mason (USA, Honda), 38
  12. Brice Izzo (FRA, Yamaha), 34
  13. Jimmy Verburgh (BEL, KTM), 33
  14. Bart Oglaza (POL, Suzuki), 28
  15. Freddy Peters (GER, Yamaha), 21
  16. Adam Jones (USA, Honda), 21
  17. André Villa (NOR, Suzuki), 20
  18. Kevin Burcklen (FRA, Suzuki), 16
  19. Massimo Bianconcini (ITA, Honda), 15
  20. Martin Koren (CZE, Kawasaki), 14
Author: Oliver Franke ... [back]
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