MotoGP: Marc Marquez Does London On RC213V

Cycle News Staff | August 27, 2014

Marc Marquez made history again today, the runaway MotoGP World Championship points leader riding his Repsol Honda RC213V across the Millennium Bridge in London and thus becoming the first person to ever do so on a motorcycle.

The event, held to promote this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, featured Marquez in the shadow of St. Paul’s Cathedral and navigating his way across the River Thames, and giving the British public both the sights and sounds of MotoGP.

The ride concluded with spectacular burnouts as fans flocked over the edges of office balconies and along the banks of the river, with Marquez then being joined by British riders Bradley Smith, Michael Laverty, Leon Camier, Sam Lowes, Gino Rea, Danny Kent and John McPhee, who introduced the Spaniard to fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.

“It was really nice to become the first ever person to cross the Millennium Bridge on a motorbike,” Marquez smiled. “This event was really important for MotoGP ahead of the British Grand Prix and we were very lucky with the weather – I normally expect rain in England. So to be here in the center of London on such a bright day, riding over the River Thames and making history was a memorable experience. The slippery metal surface of the bridge did not make it easy, but I went as fast as I could!”