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
"When I was racing bikes, this exploration was fascinating because it was something new, I had retired, I was open and I was free, so I enjoyed that to the point that I had my accident."
Ah, yes. The accident. The big difference with bikes and cars is that you can't fall off cars. Physics has no sympathy, even it you've totted up 90 wins, 1354 points and seven World Championship titles in F1. This was proven when Schumacher kissed the tarmac at Oschersleben, Sachsenring and cannoned into the pack at Bresse. But the one that really changed things was a 135mph high-side at Cartagena that knocked him out, left him with fractures to the base of the head, neck vertebra and a rib. A crash that his old manager, Willi Weber, described as "the most serious accident in Michael's motorsport career."