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    When faced with the danger of falling through the thin ice of Lake Baikal, moto racer Daniil Ivanov asked for the help of a local shaman to bless his risky endeavor.

    To overcome adversity and challenge himself to the limit, Ivanov traveled to Baikal to race his bike on the surface of the ancient lake.

    "I always wanted to visit Lake Baikal," Ivanov said. "I was lucky not only to see the incredible lake, but to come here with my racing bike. I've always wanted to get out of the race track and try the big ice with no fences and protective bags."

    Together with a Red Bull Media House crew, the moto racer arrived at the lake at the most dangerous time when the ice begins to melt and big cracks appear on the surface of the ice making racing on it extremely dangerous.

    Daniil Ivanov poses for a portrait at the Red Bull Circle of Shaman in the Baikal lake, Russia on March 28th, 2016
    © Photo : Denis Klero/Red Bull Crashed Ice
    Daniil Ivanov poses for a portrait at the Red Bull Circle of Shaman in the Baikal lake, Russia on March 28th, 2016
    Daniil Ivanov races at the Red Bull Circle of Shaman in the Baikal lake, Russia on March 26th, 2016.
    © Photo : Denis Klero/Red Bull Crashed Ice
    Daniil Ivanov races at the Red Bull Circle of Shaman in the Baikal lake, Russia on March 26th, 2016.

    Locals believe that prior to undertaking risky adventures, one should always ask for a shaman's blessing. Ivanov ended up doing exactly that with a local shaman circling around the moto racer in an ancient ritual, asking benevolent spirits to help the man.

    During the blessing ritual the shaman circled in the direction of the sun, while Ivanov matched his beat by riding his bike in the opposite direction. The pair created a perfect harmony, as the dynamics of their rotation merged into a single mechanism.

    Daniil Ivanov and Shaman perform at the Red Bull Circle of Shaman in the Baikal lake, Russia on March 27th, 2016.
    © Photo : Denis Klero/Red Bull Crashed Ice
    Daniil Ivanov and Shaman perform at the Red Bull Circle of Shaman in the Baikal lake, Russia on March 27th, 2016.
    Daniil Ivanov races at the Red Bull Circle of Shaman in the Baikal lake, Russia on March 28th, 2016.
    © Photo : Denis Klero/Red Bull Crashed Ice
    Daniil Ivanov races at the Red Bull Circle of Shaman in the Baikal lake, Russia on March 28th, 2016.

    Racing on Lake Baikal was a surreal adventure even for an experienced moto racer like Ivanov. It was the first endeavor of such kind in the history of Russian flat track moto racing.    

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