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Hamilton unscathed from minor crash during superbike test at Jerez

Written by  Dec 03, 2018

Lewis Hamilton swapped four wheels for two over the first weekend of the Formula 1 off-season completing a private test on a Yamaha superbike at Jerez.

The Briton has always had a passion for motorcycles and motorcycle racing as proven by his partnership with Italian maker MV Agusta, who produce the F4 L44, and earlier this year Hamilton spent time with MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow in America.

Riding an all-black Yamaha YZF-R1 at the Spanish circuit, it was reported by Italian media that the five-time F1 champion suffered a minor fall at the high-speed Turn 5 but did no damage to himself with only a few scratches to the bike as well.

Hamilton's foray onto two wheels is just the latest occasion the two disciplines have come together with Valentino Rossi famously testing a Ferrari, Jorge Lorenzo also completed a Mercedes test and current MotoGP champion Marc Marquez drove a Red Bull in Austria during the summer.

Examples of F1 drivers going the opposite direction are rare mainly because of the risks of a crash but Max Verstappen has also expressed interest in donning leathers in the future.

Until this point, only John Surtees remains the only person to win titles both in F1 and MotoGP with four 500cc championships and a single F1 crown in 1964.

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