At the Jerez circuit, where the pre-season testing of the Superbikes is being held, Mercedes F1 driver, Lewis Hamilton, decided to try out an R1machine and promptly crashed on turn five.
The Briton hasn’t hidden his passion for motorcycling and on occasion has been seen by the MotoGP paddock.
He was also present at the 2013 Le Mans Trophy, a race won by Marc Marquez, and was in charge of giving the cup to the Spanish rider.
In 2015, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi offered to lend Hamilton their bikes, but it’s not been until now that the latter has decided to give it a go, albeit on the Yamaha R1 rather than a MotoGP bike.
The person responsible for teaching the five-time champion was Alex Lowes, compatriot and official driver of the Japanese brand, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Although Hamilton fell, the incident didn’t have major consequences and he carried on driving around the track.
He’s an engine lover in all its versions, and to the delight of Grand Prix fans, he has, more than once, burned the tyres on his custom bike as he has arrived at a venue.
The bike in question is a limited edition MV Agusta, a company for which he is an ambassador.
The Italian factory distributes this exclusive piece for 65,000 euros.
John Surtees, Michael Schumacher, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Marquez have all tried different motor sports experiences with interesting results.
The best was Surtees, who reached the top both in Formula 1 and in the Motorcycle World Championship by proclaiming himself champion in both disciplines.
Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez have had similar experiences to Hamilton.
The MotoGP riders had the opportunity to drive a Ferrari, a Mercedes and a Red Bull respectively, and Rossi is a regular at the Monza Rally, where he has won six times.