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The first show in Russia of the possibilities of a new sport, in which world "stars" took part, was held in St. Petersburg at Stunt-Riding Day, organized by the city federation of stant riding.
Czech champion Peter Kozak rode an old Jawa-50 not only backwards, but also in reverse, driving a moped from the pusher in the opposite direction. The current world champion German Christian Pfeiffer jumped onto the 1.5-meter stage on the trial Gas-Gas, flew (without any springboard) through eight volunteers, rode without a front wheel and a fork. The apotheosis of his program is a new exercise: “stop” with a 180-degree turn, riding backward and turning 180 degrees. And all in one fell swoop!
Hungarian Mokush on an old moped was doing the completely unthinkable. Tricks with antediluvian Pannonia looked very funny - she drove around the site by herself. The small and nimble Hungarian overtook her and, like a wolf in "Well, wait a minute, " ran away from a pursuing motorcycle. And even jumped on the go in the saddle with a scooter riding nearby.
The most amazing thing is that he did a similar trick, but already with a “combat” sport bike, on the way to the stadium. It looked like this: in a city square, where there are not very many cars, he sat on a motorcycle sideways, and then completely jumped off it. A brand new red bike at a speed of about 15 km / h went by itself. All drivers are dumbfounded! Mokush waved his hands as if he had caught himself, and, finely seed, set off after the “fugitive”. At first, it did not seem to catch up, and the motorcycle crashed into a bus that stood at the heading. But the distance between the fugitive and the athlete began to decrease, the brisk Hungarian easily jumped into the saddle and braked at the last second. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief …
However, all this is pleasing to the eye "work for the public." And what is stant riding like sport?
The first European Championship was held in 1997, the World Championship - a year later. According to the rules of the championships, the engine displacement must be more than 550 cm. Athletes compete mainly on Japanese sports bikes, but sometimes on Ducati, Triumph, Buell, KTM. Out of competition - on weaker devices with 2-stroke engines: MZ 250, Jawa 350 and even "fifty dollars" - mopeds and scooters.
The championship program includes a qualification with an arbitrary 3-minute program, a demonstration of basic exercises (basic skills). The best "riders" get into the finals, where they will start in the reverse order of their places. In the final, an 8-minute free program follows, it is evaluated according to the criteria: special driving skills, the number of elements completed, the purity and speed of their execution, the entertainment, the novelty of the elements.
Riding on the rear wheel - “forks” (English wheely from wheel - wheel) - the main exercise. There are more than 20 options, of which the main ones are: driving with holding the steering wheel with one hand and generally “without hands”; round; sitting on the tank; “High chair” - when the legs are thrown over the steering wheel and hung over in front of the front shield; with legs laid to the sides; standing on a saddle with an extended leg back. Others ride with a bag on their heads.
The second basic exercise - “stop”, riding on the front wheel (from the English stop - stop) after a sharp braking. “Stoppie” is more difficult than a “fork”: a motorcycle travels a limited distance, losing speed, while on the rear wheel an experienced stunt rider is able to move as much as he wants. The driving distance on the front wheel in itself can be set off in the Guinness Book of Records (today the current achievement is 162 meters). Complicating “stoppie” variations: “high chair”; with legs laid to the sides; holding the wheel with one hand and "no hands". One of the most difficult stoppies is a 180-degree turn.
The basic exercise is also considered "donuts" (from the English donut - circle) - movement in a circle with a stalled rear wheel. At the competitions “draw circles” not where it is necessary, but around the established marker. The faster the advancement of the rear wheel in a circle, the higher the performer’s class is considered.