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Hat-Trick
Red Bull X-Fighters Star Rebeaud Celebrates Win in Madrid


Swiss rider Mat Rebeaud celebrated a hat-trick of victories at the fourth event of this year's Red Bull X-Fighters with his third win. The FMX star defeated Andre Villa (NOR) in the final of the event in Madrid's legendary Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas bullfighting arena, with Robbie Maddison (AUS) grabbing third place.

A buzzing 23,000 capacity crowd in the home of the new European Football Champions watched this season's standout rider celebrate a hattrick of wins after having claimed the top spot in Mexico and Brazil before. His challenger in the final, Norwegian Andrè Villa, suffered bad fortune in the final as he missed a no-hand landing and ended up stuck between the quarter-pipe and kicker. “The level of riding, the atmosphere, and the result will go down in history. I never would have dreamed of this result at the start of the season,” commented a delighted Rebeaud after the final before being carried out of the bullfighting arena on the shoulders of the ecstatic fans.

The dozens of chainsaws brought into the arena by local fans fell silent only once when local hero Dany Torres was eliminated at the quarter-final stage by the American Jeremy Lusk who went on to claim fourth spot. While Jeremy celebrated the result in the colours of Spanish champions Real Madrid, Dany was forced to leave the arena in tears wearing the jersey of his namesake and European Championship hero Fernando Torres “It was close. One more judge on my side and I would have beaten Lusk. To lose in that way is bitter, but I have to be pleased with my performance,” commented the crowd favourite, trying to put a brave face on it despite the disappointment.

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