Few drivers are as comfortable on two wheels as they are on four. Since his early motorsport days, Michael has always been a keen rider, even though his career on four wheels sort of took the lead!
Last Friday afternoon, Monster Energy organized a meet-up between Michael and a biker all-star lineup: John McGuinness, Randy Mamola plus star in the making Pol Espargaro and endurance racer Keith Flint met up with Michael at the at the Paul Ricard Circuit for a track day.
Michael was quite pleased to share this passion with such pedigrees for a day: “Coming here today I felt so proud to be able to turn my hand at riding a bike with guys I really admire. I can’t begin to explain how much fun it was to ride the track with the likes of John, Randy, Keith and watching Pol Espargaro’s huge talent”.
“Riding with Michael was so good. What he’s achieved on four wheels makes him the Godfather of motorsport.” Said a buzzing McGuinness as he tried to take in the day’s experience. “I wasn’t expecting him to be anything less, but he’s fast! You can see his enthusiasm for motorcycles and it was a massive pleasure to spend the day with him.”
Strangely for once it was Keith Flint looking on wide-eyed at an all-star cast in front of him. The man’s no stranger to bikes having been an active member of racing paddocks for several years and knows enough about charging on two wheels to sit up and take notice of.
“Today I was truly able to use the word ‘legend’ to describe the company I was keeping; both from four and two wheels. As I pulled out of the pit lane I mentally pinched myself as I followed out Randy Mamola, Michael Schumacher and a true gladiator in John McGuinness. That Espargaro kid is a bit of a handful too isn’t he?”