MotoGP: Marquez explores Bangkok by tuk tuk

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Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has taken to the streets of Bangkok in a tuk tuk and on his Repsol Honda MotoGP machine ahead of this weekend’s inaugural Thai Grand Prix, exploring the capital city before heading north to the Buriram International Circuit for this weekend’s opening race there.

And while he had a long hot day in the sun ahead of tomorrow’s opening practice sessions, he says it was nice to see the city.

“It was a tough day. It was even hotter than here! But we had a good day, including riding the tuk tuk in the city! And I know a bit more about Bangkok because I’d never visited. Then last night I got to Buriram.

“It will be exciting to race in Thailand for the first time; for sure there will be many fans in the grandstands, which is always a nice feeling. We must remain focused and calm though, as it will be important to manage the weekend well, working in the way that we’re used to doing. We had a good test in February but we’ll need to recheck every detail starting on Friday morning. 

“Some parts of the circuit are tricky, but the layout in general is nice. Surely the high humidity and temperature are going to be demanding on the body, but when you get on the bike you just forget those things and simply focus on riding.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer