Red Bull X-Fighters 2011: Dany Torres Claims Victory In Madrid
Dany Torres grabbed the bull by the horns with a brilliant victory at the 2011 Red Bull X-Fighters in Madrid, defeating the world’s best freestyle motocross riders in a gala event.
Dany Torres got a perfect five-for-five from the duly impressed jury members at the 2011 Red Bull X-Fighters and sent the giant crowd into fits of euphoria with his scintillating jumps of up to 15 meters high and 32 meters distance.
“It’s the best day of my life,” the 24-year-old Dany Torres beamed after his second victory in the bullring in Madrid, built in 1931, after what was the 10th time the Red Bull X-Fighters performed in Spain.
The tens of thousands of fans had packed the famous bullring, which had been converted into an FMX course with a gigantic pile of dirt in the center, and repeatedly held their breath watching the daring performances. Backflips, no-hand landings or 360-degree turns on ordinary motocross bikes sent shivers through the crowd and led to a series of spontaneous waves around the stadium.
“You’ve got to push to the boundaries of physics to do these jumps,” said Blake Williams of Australia, who took second place.
Norway’s Andre Villa moved into the overall lead -- just five points ahead of Nate Adams, who was sidelined with an injury. The Norwegian ace squandered a golden opportunity to move further ! ahead after a blunder-filled performance in the quarterfinals.
At the grand finale of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 in Rome’s Stadio Flaminio, Spanish rider Dany Torres defeated American Adam Jones in a thrilling final.
The festival kicked off on Thursday at Winterberg Bike Park, offering four days of action over the long Ascension Day weekend. Riders demonstrated the line between possible and impossible in the disciplines Enduro, Slopestyle, Fourcross and Downhill.