The reigning Formula 1 champion spent his first weekend of the offseason on a Yamaha Superbike at Circuito de Jerez in Spain.

The five-time champion has been a longtime proponent of motorcycle racing. He was testing a Yamaha YZF-R1 with riders Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes. Hamilton’s seat time impressed Pata Yamaha WSBK team principal Paul Denning.

With that said, don’t expect Hamilton to run a Superbike competitively once his Formula 1 career comes to a close. He woke up on Monday morning with an added respect for the discipline but posted on Instagram that he never sees himself competing in a round.

"Woke up feeling great today, miss riding the super bike already," Hamilton wrote. "FYI I’ve always loved 2 wheels more than 4. Always wanted a motorbike since I was a kid, however am super grateful my dad got me a kart. But current new love is out on track on my bike.

"I have the highest regard and respect for these motorbike riders. It’s a much different discipline however requires some of the same basics such as time, patience, fearlessness, focus, agility and risk taking. All of which make a sport exciting.

"And yes, I’d love to race bikes. But these guys are on another level, so I think I’ll just enjoy riding and testing the limits on track."

Source: Autoweek

December 3, 2018