In the land of the cowboys, Marc Márquez takes to the saddle to race against Jackie Ganter, a professional barrel racer.

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MotoGP rider Marc Marquez is no stranger to racing in Texas – the Spaniard has won the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin for five years straight. But this year he was involved in a different kind of racing.

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To get a true taste of the Lone Star State, Marquez travelled to Dripping Springs Ranch, where he met professional barrel racer, Jackie Ganter.

Ganter walked Marquez through the sport of barrel racing, a traditional rodeo event that involves riding a horse around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern as fast as possible – and to add a little friendly competition, Ganter ran the barrels on her horse Gatsby, and invited Marc to see if he could beat her time. 

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Completely unaccustomed to horses, Marquez chose a different steed to saddle up and race through the course – a Honda CRF450 dirt bike. Awesome.

Ross Mowbray

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