Lewis Hamilton crash, on Yamaha Superbike

LEWIS Hamilton, Britain’s five-time Formula 1 world champion, hit the Superbikes’ track in Jerez de la Frontera, in the Cadiz province, last Sunday… in more ways than one!

Along with compatriot Alex Lowes, the Mercedes legend took a spin, just after the Superbikes’ championship final, astride a Yamaha R1. But he lost control on the Sito Pons bend and bit the dust.

Although the bike took a fearful bashing, Hamilton (pictured), was unhurt, spending the rest of his day at the Jerez circuit analysing race data, and mingling with race riders.

He was also in the company of Spanish bike engineer Toni Cuquerella, who joined in the day’s non-competitive Superbiking, after regular riders had finished their business.

But though Hamilton is better known for his prowess on four wheels, he is a huge motorcycling fan and owns several bikes.

He is often spotted whizzing round famous race tracks on his exclusive, personalised, MV Agusta, just for fun.

However, his visit to the Jerez track led to speculation about his possible future in motorcycling competition, although he has shown no signs of wanting to trade in Formula 1, or even dovetail it with another motorsport. But he would not be the first driver to do so.

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, ranked among the greatest of all, competed in several Superbikes races after leaving Ferrari and before returning to motor-racing with Mercedes.

But he failed to enjoy the same success as he did behind the wheel, unlike the legendary John Surtees, who won the F1 500cc championship in 1964 after collecting four motorcycle world titles, from 1956 to 1960.

Surtees, who died last year aged 83, is the only man to have conquered the world in both sports.


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