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Is a motorbike faster than a downhill mountain bike? Simple question with a straight forward answer. Most of the time… but what if you battle it out down the toughest MTB course on planet Earth?

Red Bull Hardline, known as the most challenging downhill mountain bike race world-wide, takes place on a purpose-built course designed by professional Mountain Bike Athlete Dan Atherton in Dinas Mawddwy, Wales.

Ahead of the main Red Bull Hardline event on 1st/2nd June, enduro legend, motorcycle racer and Red Bull athlete, Jonny Walker, attempted to be the first to ever ride the 2023 Hardline course on a motorcycle – and to get down faster than a mountain bike rider. With the fastest time being held by Jackson Goldstone at an incredible 2:20, the question on everyone’s mind was “Will he beat it?”

The edit depicts Michelin’s athlete, Jonny, alongside host Jono Jones, tackling the twists, turns, and technical challenges of a track typically reserved for mountain bikes.

Unlike traditional motocross tracks, MTB tracks are designed with tighter turns, steeper inclines, and narrower pathways. Watch as Jonny Walker manoeuvres his bike through these unique obstacles with precision.

The video highlights Jonny’s exceptional control and adaptability, providing viewers with an up-close look at the skills required to transition between different types of off-road riding.

Gain exclusive access to the thoughts and strategies as Jonny prepares for and navigates the MTB track, offering a rare glimpse into the mindset of a professional athlete.

Jonny Walker says “amid the whirlwind of split-second decisions, I have to balance the choice of getting a good time over the risk of crashing. When the race is going well and the ride feels right, I persist forward, undeterred. But when the race is already a technical challenge, I often pause, steady myself, and prepare to strike anew.”

Wed 29th May, 2024 @ 9:30 pm

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