Michael Schumacher proves his motorcycling skills again

Published: 21 March 2008

Former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher has proven yet again that he’s as capable on two-wheels as he was on four, after taking third place in a race at the Pannonia Ring in Hungary aboard a Honda Fireblade.

The race took place yesterday, and saw Michael Schumacher beaten only by current German superbike championship riders Martin Bauer, who took first place, and second place Andreas Meklau.

The seven-time F1 World Champion was reportedly around 6 seconds a lap slower than the two regular riders, but beat the rest of the 27-strong field of amateur racers despite starting at the back of the grid.

Michael Schumacher was a guest of the Holzhauer superbike team, which attended the Hungarian race to shake-down its 2008 CBR1000RR race bike ahead of competing in the IDM German superbike series.

The ex-F1 driver appears to have arrived late on Wednesday night, as pictures published on website pannonia-ring.com show him running an unpainted bike at dusk.

In November, the former F1 driver impressed the MotoGP paddock when he clocked a time within 5 seconds of Casey Stoner’s race pace, during the end-of-season journalist tests at Valencia.

Michael Schumacher was on Casey Stoner’s race bike, and had tuition from former 500GP rider Randy Mamola.