MADRID (Spain) – Spaniard Dany Torres got a perfect five-for-five vote from the impressed judges and sent the sell-out crowd of 25,000 watching in Spain’s biggest bullfighting arena into fits of euphoria with his scintillating final run to capture Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid on Friday night. “It’s the best day of my life,” the 24-year-old beamed after his second career victory in the famous bullring, built in 1931, after what was the 10th time the Red Bull X-Fighters performed in Spain.
The fans had packed the bullring, which had been again converted into an FMX course with a massive 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. David 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 go do these jumps,” said Blake “Bilko” Williams of Australia, who took second place.
Norway’s Andre Villa moved into the overall series lead — just five points ahead of Nate Adams (265 points), who was sidelined with an injury. The Norwegian ace squandered a golden opportunity to move further ahead after a trouble-filled performance in the quarterfinals. Torres collected 100 points with his second victory this year and raised his season total to 245 points (third place overall).
First held in 2001 in Valencia, Spain, the world’s premier FMX series has now been held 33 times around the world. The next event takes place in three weeks in Poznan, Poland. The season finale will take place in Sydney, Australia on September 17.
The Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid telecast will air on FUEL TV this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m PT.
Final results – Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid: 1. Dany Torres (ESP), 2. Blake Williams (AUS), 3. Josh Sheehan (AUS), 4. Maikel Melero (ESP), 5. Andre Villa (NOR), 6. Adam Jones (USA), 7. Javier Villegas (CHI), 8. Robbie Maddison (AUS), 9. Alastair Sayer (BOT), 10. David Rinaldo (FRA), 11. Nick Franklin (NZL), 12. Eigo Sato (JPN)
Overall standings (after 4 of 6 events): 1. Andre Villa (NOR/270 points), 2. Nate Adams (USA/265), 3. Dany Torres (ESP/245), 4. Blake Williams (AUS/215), 5. Robbie Maddison (AUS), 6. Josh Sheehan (AUS/130)