Raikkonen admits to MotoGP envy
Following in the wheeltracks of fellow Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen has admitted his desire to try out a
MotoGP bike – though like the German, he insisted if he does it will be merely a toe-in-the-water exercise and nothing more.
Schumacher first tried out a two-wheeled machine at Mugello aboard Ducati's 990cc Desmosedici back in 2005, before taking to the controls of Casey Stoner's world title-winning Ducati Desmosedici GP7 at Valencia last November, lapping impressively just five seconds shy of the pace.
He then went on to finish an eye-catching fourth on his competitive debut in a minor KTM race at Misano last weekend. Now his Ferrari successor has hinted he would maybe like to follow suit one day.
“I only saw some pictures of Michael racing,” international news agency Reuters quotes Raikkonen as having told reporters in Bahrain, “but I don't know anything about it. I have never tried road racing. I have done motocross often and that is more normal for me, but for sure I want to try MotoGP bikes at least once.”
Seven-time F1 king Schumacher - who set the second-fastest lap of the race at Misano - made his third appearance on a Ducati MotoGP bike, at Mugello on Thursday, an experience he confessed to being 'a lot of fun'.
“It was a nice surprise when I received the sudden offer to come to Mugello,” said the 39-year-old. “Despite the difficult weather conditions it was again a lot of fun to ride the Ducati, but I repeat very clearly that I have no intention at all of stepping into any kind of MotoGP competitions.”