In 2002, the first ever Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour event at Madrid's Las Ventas bullfighting arena saw Spain's Edgar Torronteras win in front of a huge home crowd. His fans called him E.T. and now they call his successor D.T.
Dany Torres 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. earned 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 was 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 when 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 2010 season started with a crash that he had to deal with throughout the whole season due to the slow recovery of his injured hand. Dany didn't appear at the event in Egypt and only got back on his bike a few days before the stop in Russia. A fourth place on home soil in Las Ventas and then third in London proved that he was getting back to shape. It wasn't until the final in Rome that he was back to his full potential and he proved this by winning the event!
The comeback kid returned in 2011 and built on the late-season success of Rome 2010 by winning the first stop in Dubai, but bad luck returned and he was forced to miss round two in Brazil. Still in pain, Dany showed up in Rome and dominated the qualifier; however, he was unable to repeat his 2010 win at that event. A small mistake on a backflip combination brought him down hard in one of the most horrible crashes of the 2011 season. Luckily, Dany was able to leave Stadio Olympico on his feet. At the next stop in Las Ventas, Madrid he had another strong qualifier and then the frantic home crowd lifted him onto the top of the podium. Another well-deserved second place in Poznan made the young Spaniard an aspirant for the overall title.
Just before the final event in Sydney, Torres realized that all he needed was a third place to win the title because his two 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 begin very well for the champion, but Torres is a true master of comebacks and pulled himself together to deliver good results in the second half of the season. Finally, the young Spaniard secured third place overall after the final in Sydney. Besides Red Bull X-Fighters, Torres rode many international contests and was on the podium almost every time, showing his rivals new tricks that you always can expect in a 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 earned throughout the season brought Torres closer to the top of the overall ranking, in second position.
In 2014, the KTM rider demonstrated that solid runs throughout the season bring rewards and a boost on the final tour stop secured an even better position in the overall rankings. With a solid third place in his pocket from Mexico and Japan, Torres flipped to second position in Pretoria, pushing him up to a strong overall third place on the World Tour.
The man from Arahal had a pretty good start to the 2015 season with a fourth place in Mexico City but he struggled to match the level of the other top riders. A sixth position in Athens and Abu Dhabi collected points for his tour standing but ending up seventh overall is by far the worst World Tour result for the Spaniard, who had always ended the season with a top three position.
The 2016 result in Madrid wasn´t any better and his record-breaking fourteenth start in the arena won't be easy for the KTM rider either. His fans in Las Ventas always put a lot of pressure on Dany to conquer the podium, and looking back at his ninth place last year, he might feel the heat going into the only Red Bull X-Fighters event of the year. You can rest assured that Torres will be going all-in!
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