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MotoGP riders try their luck at bullfighting

MotoGP riders try their luck at bullfighting

Héctor Barberá, Toni Elías and Colin Edwards met two of Spain’s most famous bullfighters on Thursday, as they prepared for the Gran Premio bwin de España in a very unique manner.

Sampling a taste of some real Spanish culture in Andalucia on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Gran Premio bwin de España were MotoGP riders Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar), Toni Elías (LCR Honda) and Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).

The trio travelled to Fuente Rey, close to the Jerez circuit in southern Spain, to meet Fermin Bohórquez at his farm, where the famed mounted bullfighter breeds fighting bulls. Also present to greet the riders was 2010’s number one bullfighter David Fandila, otherwise known by his alias El Fandi.

After coming face to face with a field full of fighting bulls where the riders posed for photographs alongside the two bullfighters, the focus shifted to an indoor bullfighting ring where El Fandi and then Borhórquez – on a horse – put on a display of their skills by taking on a one-year-old heifer.

It was then the turn of the riders, and whilst Edwards opted against trying his luck inside the ring this time around, both Barberá and Elías did so, gaining confidence as El Fandi talked them through each move before leaving them to try a few on their own.

Following the spectacle the trio of riders posed for photos with Bohórquez and his father, also named Fermin, who preceded him as a famous mounted bullfighter before his retirement.


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