Michael Schumacher: the biker
It’s an old story: retired man gets into motorbikes. TG.com heads to Paul Ricard to see what the F1 legend is up to next…
Posted: 12 Dec 2012
Michael's concern isn't to be sneered at. In the grand scheme of things, the seven-time F1 champ hasn't been riding for that long. He cruised around a bit on Harleys in his late thirties (he's now 43), then went straight in at the deep end when he was invited for to ride a Ducati MotoGP bike at Mugello (while still racing for Ferrari in 2005). "I thought, why not? I might as well try it," he says. "It was pretty funny. I enjoyed it but it still didn't wake up my sensation for bikes on race tracks." He ended up lapping the Italian circuit 20 seconds slower than Valentino Rossi's fastest lap. Which sounds a lot for a man that's used to being within tenths of people, but considering he'd never, ever ridden a bike on a track before, it's not worth dismissing. What did "wake up his sensation" though, was a Harley ride with friends through France. "We saw a race track and some guys going around it. The owner of the track came over and said, ‘Would you like to have a go? We have some demonstration bikes.' So, in chaps and leather jackets, we jumped on the bikes and rode around. That was the triggering moment."