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.  Photo: Joerg MitterDany 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.

Dany Torres.  Photo: Andreas SchaadDavid Rinaldo of France and Chile’s Javier Villegas pressed a bit too hard and saw their hopes of greater glory crushed in spectacular crashes – with fortunately neither seriously hurt.

“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.

Dany Torres.  Photo: Joerg MitterDany Torres collected 100 points in Madrid with his second victory this year and raised his season total to 245 points (3rd place overall).

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