Marc Mar­quez causes may­hem in a Tuk-tuk in down­town Bangkok

Span­ish Mo­togp star bombs around Bangkok on mad taxi bike

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Marc Mar­quez has made a name for him­self rid­ing his Mo­togp bike in odd places, in­clud­ing on a ski slope last year, but he branched out even fur­ther last week. As if rid­ing his Honda RC213V around the streets of Bangkok wasn’t enough, he traded in two wheels for three as he dashed down Ratchadam­noen Av­enue in a tuk tuk.

While there he spent time with lo­cal Moto3 hero Nakarin Ati­rat­phu­va­pat, who gave him direc­tions around town for the best places to eat.

De­spite his best ac­tions on the throt­tle, no wheel­ies were forth­com­ing. He left his Mo­togp mis­sile at a Honda dealer and headed out on the nutty tuk tuk with his GP col­league. He said: “I was in full leathers so it was very hot. But I’ve never had the chance to look around Bangkok so it was a lot of fun.”

He rode around the city cen­tre and did a few of laps around Democ­racy Mon­u­ment on his tuk tuk ad­ven­ture, be­fore re­turn­ing for his RCV race bike.

He was recog­nised by a few lo­cal mo­torists, as he tried to squeeze through some tight spots in the traf­fic­choked streets. A few cheered and beeped their horns once they re­alised who the rider was. But he blended in well as Bangkok boasts more than 9000 tuk tuks. It clearly helped him ac­cli­ma­tise as he went on to win the race in style from An­drea Dovizioso.

It’s the first time Mo­togp has raced at Thai­land, but big crowds were pretty much guar­an­teed af­ter a pre­sea­son test saw more than 40,000 spec­ta­tors flock to the Buri­ram cir­cuit.

You can see a video of his tuk tuk an­tics on mo­tor­cy­cle­ now.

‘I was very hot in full leathers, but it was fun’ MARC MAR­QUEZ

From the sub­lime to the ridicu­lous for Marc Mar­quez

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The full leathers were much-needed ap­par­ently

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