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Best of 2006

(January 1st - December 31st, 2006)

Thomas Rauscher

Wachau im Herbst

Simon Pukl

Red Bull X-Fighters 2006

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid, Spain

September 14, 2006

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A 60 meter wide bullfighting arena, 3.360 tons of packed gravel, five take-off and one landing ramp and 10 world-class freestyle motocross riders is what it takes to drive 23.000 fans to ecstasy. That's Redbull XFighters showdown – the most prestigious FMX event, where motorbike acrobatics meet up with bullfighting. Literally.

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas – the largest and most important among 400 bullfighting arenas in Spain. The arena was constructed by architect Jose Espelia and opened its doors back in 1931. During the season arena shows bullfights on a daily basis. Once a year only instead of bulls, Motoreros - as they are called for the RedBull XFighters event, get the chance to enter the arena, catapulting themselves and their 250cc machines off the ramps performing tricks that defy gravity and drive the fans to ecstasy.

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