World champion rides RC213V in the Austrian mountains.
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is used to tackling high-speed courses on the comfort of tarmac, but has now become the first rider to ever take a MotoGP bike over the snowy summit of an Alpine mountain.
With modified tyres featuring snow spikes, and the help of Austrian ice speedway legend Franky Zorn and TV ski pundit Armin Assinger, Marquez took his usual position on his Honda, put his foot down and shot down the Hahnenkamm piste.
In doing so he emulated Red Bull Racing star Max Verstappen who took his Formula 1 car for a spin in the same spot in January last year. It was here Marquez first visited Kitzbühel and carefully examined the challenges of the Hahnenkamm.
“It was really difficult to keep the bike under control, but I’m young and it’s good fun to try some crazy things!” Marquez beamed. “We enjoyed it and we could see after a few runs everything that was possible. The piste was really well prepared, I could really get going and I had a great feeling out there. The grip was unbelievable, even for a wheelie!”
The legendary Streif ski run on the Hahnenkamm is taking place between 20-22 January and is seen as the toughest contest in skiing’s world cup. Straight after the start comes the steepest section of the course, the infamous ‘Mousetrap’, which sees skiers plunge down an 85 percent gradient and reach a frightening 110 km/h plus.