AUGUST 7, 2015
Yamaha could give Hamilton MotoGP test
Lewis Hamilton's dream of testing a MotoGP bike might soon come true.
F1's reigning world champion told the Mirror newspaper recently: "When my dad bought me my first go-kart I actually wanted a motorbike.
"I'd love to test a MotoGP bike just to see what it's like. Naturally I'd know the lines but I'd love to know if I could even do it."
Valentino Rossi, undoubtedly the world's best-known MotoGP rider, said on Thursday that he has spoken with Hamilton in the past.
"I say to him 'You ride a motorcycle, or you have to start from zero?' But he said that he has good skill, he rides a 450 (bike) and everything.
"Our bike is very easy, so we try to kill a little bit of power and for sure it is good if Lewis will try the M1," added Rossi, who rides for Yamaha.
The Yamaha and Mercedes teams have in common the sponsor Monster, which might make Hamilton's MotoGP plans a reality.
Rossi's teammate is Jorge Lorenzo.
"Like Valentino says, Lewis is very passionate about motorcycles. I think he rides some motocross, so with pleasure I will lend my M1 to him -- maybe with a big insurance!" said the Spaniard.