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
Considering his day job was to pile through Eau Rouge at 180mph and pull 5g for eight seconds round Istanbul's Turn Eight, it wasn't a great surprise to see him back on track and racing shortly after his ‘first' retirement from F1, this time on two wheels. He entered himself into Germany's leading bike series, the IDM Superbike championship, where he piloted a Honda CBR1000RR. And being Schuey, he entered with a certain expectation of where he'd end up.
"I was always aware I would never achieve the top level," he calmly admits. "But the world of motorcycles were pretty much impressed [with his performance]. Having no history, there was no need to start dreaming that I could ever achieve top times - it'd be impossible. I would have to have started from a young age to make it to the top."