In 2002, the first ever Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour event at Madrid's Las Ventas bullfighting arena saw Spain's Edgar Torronteras winning in front of a huge home crowd. His fans called him E.T. and now they call his successor D.T.
Dany Torres may only be 28, but he is already an old hand when it comes to busting out the most insane tricks on an FMX bike. In his Red Bull X-Fighters debut in Madrid in 2004, D.T. took an impressive seventh place. In 2005, he moved up two spots to fifth place, and in 2006 - in Mexico City as well as in Madrid – he took fourth. In 2007, his time had come: the Spanish wunderkind won Red Bull X-Fighters in Mexico City with a dominating performance.
"Dany's trick list is up to here," said FMX superstar Travis Pastrana.
After a couple of years plagued by injury, Torres proved his perfect sense of timing as he returned to fitness and form for his home event in Madrid in 2009. In front of a delirious crowd, Dany gave the world's best FMX riders a lesson in style and trick execution, as he went HUGE to win his first event for two years and send the Madrid fans wild.
The comeback kid returned again in 2011 and was able to build upon the late-season success of 2010 in Rome into the 2011 season by winning the first stop in Dubai, before bad luck returned and he was forced to miss the second round in Brasilia. Still in pain, Dany showed up in Rome and dominated the qualifier; however, he was unable to repeat his 2010 win at the event. A small mistake on a backflip combination brought him down hard in one of the most horrible crashes the 2011 season saw. Luckily, Dany was able to leave Stadio Olympico on his feet. At the next stop in Las Ventas, he had another strong qualifier and then the frantic home crowd lifted him onto the top of the podium in Madrid. Another well-deserved second place in Poznan made the young Spaniard an aspirant for the overall title.
Just before the final event, Torres realized that all he needed was a third place in Sydney to win the title, because two of his main rivals, Adams and Villa, were injured. Despite the intense pressure, Torres delivered and his dream of winning the championship finally came true.
The 2012 season didn't start off very good for the champion, but Torres is a true master of comebacks and put himself together to deliver good results in the second half of the season. Finally, the young Spaniard secured an overall third place after the finals in Sydney. Beside Red Bull X-Fighters, Torres rode many international contests and was almost every time on the podium, showing his rivals new tricks that you always can expect in an victorious run. The 2013 season started with a second place at the season opener in Mexico and a victory in Dubai. The next results were steady and solid mid-field results gained throughout the season brought Torres on top of the overall ranking, in second position. In 2014, the KTM rider demonstrated that solid runs through the season bring reward and even a boost on the final stop to secure even a better position in the overall rankings. With a solid third place in the pocket from Mexico and Japan, Torres flipped to second position in Pretoria, which pushed up to a strong overall third place.
The man from Arahal had a pretty good start in the 2015 season with a 4th place in Mexico City but had afterwards some struggle to keep up with the level the other top riders brought to the table. With taking the 6th position in Athens and Abu Dhabi, Torres collected important points for his overall tour result but ending up 7th overall is by far the worst result for the Spaniard, who has always ended any season with a top 3 position. The upcoming event in Madrid won´t be easy for the KTM rider as well. His fans in Las Ventas always put a lot of pressure on Dany to conquer the podium, and looking back at his last season, he might feel the heat going into the only Red Bull X-Fighters event of the year. Be sure Torres goes all in!
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