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Michael Schumacher's motorcycle racing foray continued on Thursday, when he tested for the Italian MotoGP team Ducati at Mugello.

The retired F1 world champion got the call-up after the team's regular test rider, Vittoriano Guareschi, fell on day two of the three day test and knocked his coccyx.

But Schumacher insisted: "I repeat it very clearly that I have no intention at all to step into any kind of MotoGP competitions."

His successor at Ferrari, reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen, commented at the Bahrain circuit on Thursday that he had heard about Schumacher's MotoGP tests and would like to do the same one day.



"I never tried road racing. I have done motocross often and that is more normal for me," said the Finn.

"For sure I want to try the MotoGP bikes once, but we'll see," Raikkonen added.


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I wasn't surprised when Rossi turned out to be pretty quick in a car. It makes sense to me that a top tier motorcycle racer would be able to go fast in a car. It's a step down in terms of skill.

However, I was absolutely stunned to find out how fast Schumacher was on a bike. The guy has an unbelievable amount of talent and instinct. I would love to see him get on the grid in a real MotoGP race and see what he could do.
 

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I wasn't surprised when Rossi turned out to be pretty quick in a car. It makes sense to me that a top tier motorcycle racer would be able to go fast in a car. It's a step down in terms of skill.

However, I was absolutely stunned to find out how fast Schumacher was on a bike. The guy has an unbelievable amount of talent and instinct. I would love to see him get on the grid in a real MotoGP race and see what he could do.
i kind of agree with you, but IMHO most people who really have talent to drive/ride - not just a learned skill, i mean natural talent - can go fast on just about anything. its all about being able to balance what you're riding/driving.

example - i have some buddies that are great on sleds because they've been riding forever, but clumsy as hell on a dirt bike, and midpack kart times. i have other buddies that can spend 10minutes with something and be just behind the guys that have been doing it forever.
both groups definately benifit from more practice, but the first group NEEDS it to feel comfortable.

i hope that made some sort of sense... lol

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How many 30 somethings do you see picking becoming all of a sudden GP stars or Motorcross stars or even world race car champions??? My point is... practice, practice, practice... These guys have been racing since they are small kids. A professional athlete (car driver, motor racer, sled rider) have one very importart thing in common... that is concentration, something you learn early on in life. With practice you learn to develop the skills to ride/drive and control yourself. In my opinion that is why these guys are able to be fast from cars to motorcycles and motorcycles to cars.
 
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