Despite a minor spill five-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed on Twitter that he had a great time riding ‘incognito’ during a motorcycle test day at Jerez and reaffirmed his respect and admiration for the two-wheel brigade.
The Mercedes F1 driver did sessions on track as part of the daily track schedule, riding a Yamaha YZF-R1 with World Superbike riders Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark in his slipstream.
Hamilton wrote on Instagram, “Good morning! Woke up feeling great today. Miss riding the superbike already. FYI I’ve always loved two wheels more than four.
“Always wanted a motorbike since I was a kid however I am super grateful my dad got me a kart. But current new love is out on track on my bike.
“I have the highest regard and respect for these motorbike riders. It’s a much different discipline however, require some of the same basics such as time, patience, fearlessness, focus, agility and risk taking – all of which make a sport exciting.
“And yes, I’d love to race bikes, but these guys are on another level so I think I’ll just enjoy riding and testing the limits on track.”
“Valentino Rossi I need to come to the ranch asap,” wrote Hamilton inclosing, with reference to the MotoGP legend’s VR46-MotoRanch in Tavulli
To which Rossi replied, “Hamilton is a big bikes fan. He follows the races and is always texting me. He exaggerates a bit, as he praises bike riders saying we are the ones taking real risks. He has to come to the ranch one day.”
While Lowes, who shadowed the F1 World Champion on track at Jerez, added, “Very quick and impressive. Top bloke and genuine 2 wheel fan.”