View Full Version : Rossi-wannabe M. Schumacher test rides Ducati MotoGP 990cc prototype @ Turkey

10-26-2005, 11:55 AM
I guess if Valentino Rossi can test a F1 Ferrari, Schumacher can test MotoGP bike? Imagine if they switched???? :happy44:

At least it's a Ducati. :happy64:


10-26-2005, 01:06 PM
Yeh, but I heard he was 25 seconds off Capi's (?) pace! that's more than 30% slower.
Although I couldn't understand how it was compared to Capi's pace if he is still recovering????

10-26-2005, 01:36 PM
F1's Schumacher Riding Ducati MotoGP Bike Today
by dean adams
Monday, October 24, 2005
F1 star Michael Schumacher is testing the Marlboro Ducati MotoGP bike today at Mugello.

How's this happen? While Ducati and Schumacher's F1 team share a sponsor--Marlboro--the former F1 champion is actually a Ducati enthusiast. He owns a Monster and has run around a secluded US vacation spot with some pals on a brace of Ducati sport bikes.

10-26-2005, 01:47 PM
During the surprise outing, which was apparently arranged at Schumacher's request, the F1 legend began with lap times around the 2min 40secs mark, but improved to an eventual best of 2min 8secs. Yamaha rider Rossi took pole at this year's Italian Grand Prix with a time of 1min 49.223secs.

Rossi lapped within three-seconds of Schumacher's track record on his F1 debut at Fiorano.


10-26-2005, 01:52 PM
I'd wager that riding a bike is much harder than driving a car; especially for someone who hasn't been exposed to that type of high velocity dynamics. Not to short change things, but I think anyone (who has experienced high velocity motion and understands vehicle physics) can drive a car fast, but riding a bike fast has far different physics and mechanics that most people aren't accustomed to.
Props to Schumacher for bringing his times down - that's impressive enough to have him finish in the top 10 @ Mugello I'm sure.

bob wells
10-26-2005, 04:55 PM
History shows bike guys do well in carsbut not much the other way around.

At Laguna I watched the two-up thing with Mamola. My friend asked if the passenger got to keep the leathers. I told him that with the stains in them nobody else would want them! :scared10: