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Red Bull X-Fighters

Red Bull X-Fighters

Résultats de la 1ere étape, communiqué et interview du winner. English version only…


Unprecedented enthusiasm of 42.000 spectators, the crème de la crème of international freestyle motocross athletes and a one-of-a-kind show: The Red Bull X-Fighters 2007 in the Monumental Plaza de Toros bullfighting arena in Mexico City were way more than just a freestyle motocross contest. In a breathtaking head-to-head challenge the riders battled their way up into the super final. In the end, it was 19-year-old Spanish shooting star Dany Torres to excel and pull the most powerful tricks with the ultimate in style and creativity. All-time technical ruler Nate Adams (USA) came in second place followed by Robbie "Maddo" Maddison (AUS) who finished third.

Ten of the world's most renowned and respected freestyle motocross riders of eight different nationalities had followed the call of the Red Bull X-Fighters and travelled all the way to Mexico to be part of this year's show. 42.000 spectators on-site and more than 10 million TV and internet viewers witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime freestyle motocross fiesta in the world's biggest bullfighting arena Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City. Packed with elements of traditional bullfighting, flamenco performances and music acts the contest format had ten top riders compete in a testosterone-loaded head-to-head battle.

Displaying incredible courage, technique, style and airtime the ten top athletes indulged in a passionate battle for the crown of the Red Bull X-Fighters in Mexico City. Shooting up in the night sky as high as 20 metres with their 250ccm bikes these bold motoreros radiated speed, style and power. Among the judging criteria were difficulty and execution of tricks, variety of tricks and usage of course, style and show aspects, and overall impression. At the Red Bull X-Fighters the crowd also has a big say in the judging of a rider's presentation so Mexico's most famous TV host Facundo acted as the judge of the spectators' voice.

The arena was literally boiling when local hero Johan Nungaray entered. Unfortunately, he barely used the whole set-up and did not show great variation in his tricks. FMX showman and all-time favourite of the Mexican audience Ronnie Renner (USA) threw some massive super whips but no flips. Swiss Mat Rebeaud, winner of last year's Red Bull X-Fighters in Mexico City, had just recovered from a broken femur which kept him away from showing 100% of his skills. Three riders made their way into the super final: overwhelmingly smooth and progressive Australian Robbie Maddison impressed the crowd and judges performing one flip after the other riding faster than anyone else. A class of his own when it comes to a large trick repertoire and confidence, Nate Adams (USA) pulled some super clean Catwalks, Cordova Backflips and Lazy Boys.

However, neither Maddison nor Adams could stop 19-year-old Latino young gun Dany "DT" Torres (ESP). When Torres pushed into the super final the crowd jumped off their seats waving their bandanas and screaming like crazy. Fiercely attacking his former heroes Torres threw some super high Cliffhangers, Turndowns, Superflips and Heelclicker Backflips with a breathtaking Turndown Whip as the winning jump. An impressive combination of sophisticated riding, variety of tricks and interaction with the crowd earned him victory.
"I watched Maddo and Nate ride so well so I knew I had to push it to the very limit in my run. It worked out and I am so happy!" No doubt, the Red Bull X-Fighters in Mexico City will be something to remember for up-and-rising Torres.

1. Dany Torres (ESP)
2. Nate Adams (USA)
3. Robbie Maddison (AUS)

The Red Bull X-Fighters are going on tour for the first time in 2007, hosted by three more venues after Mexico City. At the next stop on 26 May at Slane Castle, Ireland, FMX legend Travis Pastrana (USA) will be attacking Torres's position and definitely interfere with the top three ranking. Next stop will be Moscow on 30 June followed by the final tour event on 27 July in Madrid.

Despite his youthful age of 19 years Dany Torres, coming from the beautiful Andalusian city of Sevilla (ESP) is already something like an old hand when it comes to rocketing through a bullfighting arena on a motorbike. At his Red Bull X-Fighters debut in Madrid 2004 Dany finished seventh, a year later he placed fourth at the Mexico City edition. Constant improvement is what Dany is after, and at the Red Bull X-Fighters in Mexico City 2007 the young Spaniard is eager to push the limits and challenge his fellow FMX superstars.

Dany, you have already made quite a name for yourself in the world of freestyle motocross. You are taking part in the Red Bull X-Fighters for the third time this year.
Yes, and I am so happy to be here in Mexico City again. The atmosphere at this event is really special and the crowd is going crazy. The level of riding is extremely high which inspires and pushes me a lot, also the organisation is just perfect and the athletes are treated very well. I get the chance to ride with my heroes and challenge them at the same time. I just love competitions and competing against such top-level riders like Robbie Maddison, Mat Rebeaud and Nate Adams is super fun.

Your heroes call you the young gun, super strong and creative in your riding. They say you are even able to win the contest. Are you proud of that?
Oh yes, I am very proud. And I am hungry, too.

What's your plan for your runs in the contest?
As I was placed first in the qualification yesterday I will be competing against Brian Deegan from the US who was placed tenth. I think it is easier to ride against someone instead of on your own because then you see what your competitor is doing. Among other things I plan to do a Backflip Superman and an Underflip. My favourite trick is a Turn Down though.

Do you train a lot for that?
I train three to four days a week at the training course near my parent's house in Sevilla. I was riding motocross and supercross before I started to freestyle motocross four years ago. FMX is extremely big in Spain, there are about 60 FMX events a year.

Red Bull X-Fighters will go on tour this year for the first time. What are your exspectations of the new locations in Ireland and Russia?
Slane Castle and Moscow are definitely going to be very interesting and new but for me Mexico City and Madrid are the real highlights. As a latino you just need your crowd in the background to be able to excel. It's great in Mexico City and of course, it's the best back home in Madrid!

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