Pair climb to 1,000 metres before facing the seventh race of the season at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya -where speeds exceed 300km/h at the end of the home straight.
Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa are accustomed riding fast at race tracks. In fact, the pair will reach speeds of more than 300km/h this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, during the seventh Grand Prix of the MotoGP season.
What they are not so accustomed to is reaching 1,000 metres in altitude in a hot air balloon -until this week. The Repsol Honda riders have had time to practice their flying in a rural area in the interior of Catalonia, not far from Montmeló, ahead of the Catalan GP.
The duo arrive in Barcelona in fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the overall standings, tied on 68 points.
Marc Márquez has achieved a victory and two podium finishes at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya since moving up to MotoGP, as well as holding two Moto2 podiums and a 125cc victory at the track.
Dani Pedrosa has six podiums from his last six visits to Montmeló. It is a track at which he also has three wins, with one in each class: In 2003 in 125cc, 2005 in 250cc and 2008 in MotoGP.