• Mar 25th 2008 at 9:31AM
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Remember those rumors that Michael Schumacher was gearing up to race motorcycles? Well, despite the initial denials, the retired seven-time F1 champion surprised crowds at the Pannonia-Ring in Hungary by showing up on the grid for a motorcycle race.

The paddock was filled largely by amateur riders, but Schumacher was joined in his appearance by IDM (German Superbike) champion Martin Bauer on 1000cc Honda Superbikes and fellow IDM rider Andy Meklau. On his motorbike racing debut, Schumacher took pole despite only running a few practice laps beforehand, but opted to start the race with the IDM pros who were handicapped with back-of-the-grid starting positions. That didn't stop the seasoned trio from dominating the event, however, as they filled the podium, Schumi coming in third. (Schumacher, however, shied away from the limelight by not attending the podium ceremony.) Although Schumi's lap times were six seconds slower than the IDM pair, he was some 0.6 seconds faster than the rest of the field. Not bad for his first race. Not too bad at all.

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      this guy is just fast on anything that runs on petrol and wheels apparently
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Michael could stay close enough exiting the last corner he could probably past people wholesale down the straight.

      What equipment were the IDM riders on?
      Woo haa some guy with TONS of racing experience can out pace guys by a half secound with extra 400ccs. But 6 seconds is an absolute crazy amount of time to make up if on similar equipment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      He was probably aware of his 400cc advantage when he decided to stay away from the podium celebrations.
      • 7 Years Ago
      He was within a couple seconds of Casey Stoner on Caparossi's 2007 bike in a test not too long ago, I doubt these IDM guys would smack him by 6 seconds a lap without being on far superior machines.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sheesh, is he even human or android? Maybe he uses the force so he can see things before they happen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      he's a fantastic driver of anything (F1, Motorbike, Taxi), but he should have joined the others on the podium. I bet you 4th place would have loved to be on the podium
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's a Vespa SCOOTER. I'd like one of those...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ufff... this man isn't a normal athlete
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