As three-time MotoGP world champion, Spaniard Marc Marquez (23) does not have a lot to prove, but, it is always nice to see a racer display his bike handling skills. In this case, with his championship winning Honda RC213-V, he puts the machine to the test on the ski slopes at Kitzbuhel, Austria.

Riding a specially modified RC213-V around the Hahnenkamm Ski Festival slopes, equipped with studded snow tyres, Marquez raced up the ice and snow on the Streif ski run, making him the first person to do so on a motorcycle. Marquez had help from ice speedway racer Austrian Franz “Franky” Zorn (47), who set up Marquez’ machine with 483 spikes in the tyres.

“It was really difficult to keep the bike under control, but I’m young and it’s good fun to try some crazy things! We enjoyed it and we could see after a few runs everything that was possible,” said Marquez. The Streif at Hahnenkamm, where Marquez performed his run, sees skiers plunging down an 85% gradient, and reach speeds of over 110 km/h.

In doing so, Marquez follows in the tyre tracks of Belgian-Dutch Max Verstappen (19), who did the same run in 2015 with the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car, equipped with tyre studs and snow chains. “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!” Marquez said.