MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez rode his Repsol Honda across London's Millennium Bridge on Wednesday morning.

The eye-catching scene was to highlight this weekend's British MotoGP at Silverstone, where Marquez will be seeking a return to victory after a ten-race win streak was broken last time in Brno.

"I was not really fast because it was windy!" said Marquez afterwards. "Honestly, I tried to do a small wheelie but it was too windy and it was tight, so I said 'ok'..."

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"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 centre 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!"

"I never ride on the road, I don't have a license!" he added.

Marquez's appearance signalled the first time that a motorcycle had been ridden across the 300-metre steel suspension bridge, which opened on June 10, 2000 and is normally used exclusively by pedestrians to cross the river Thames.

Among those watching the 21-year-old Spaniard were British MotoGP riders Bradley Smith, Michael Laverty and Leon Camier, who later joined Marquez for a press conference.