It would seem that the multiple world champion Formula One can’t get enough of racing motorcycles. Michael Schumacher has decided to step up his racing efforts by competing in the 8 hours endurance race at Oschersleben, Germany (link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorsport_Arena_Oschersleben) on the 9th of August.
Schumacher has been riding different motorcycles in different races, trying to get a feel of which type of race suits him the best. He has even gone down once or twice, so he is riding his bikes at the limit. He’s been seen riding on a Ducati, KTM , Triumph and in this 8 hour endurance race, he’ll be on a Honda. Too bad for him that Ferrari still don’t manufacturer motorcycles. The Ducati would be the closest thing to a Ferrari motorcycle, and he’s even had a go at Casey Stoner’s MotoGP bike.
It’s not the first time Schumacher is riding motorcycles; he’s a very passionate rider, and has owned many different brands. But it is the first time that he’s riding in races, since his F1 contract forbade him to ride in any other race that was not endorsed by the Lords of F1. So now he’s enjoying himself. It’s a hobby, a way to keep the adrenaline flowing.
There have been many rumors that he would compete in the MotoGP arena, but apart from the fact that it’s not feasible, he’s already stated categorically that he’ll never race professionally. The same applies to the follow-up rumor that he was going to race in the SuperBike category. Again false, denied by the man himself.
In the mean time, Schumi has been hired by German helmet manufacturer Schuberth to develop a new motorcycle helmet. So not only is he living up his passion, he’s also going to ensure that we remain safe in ours.