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Cool WSBK Schumacher tests with Ten Kate Honda.

Only 4 seconds off the pace fist time out, very impressive...


Schumacher tests with Ten Kate Honda.

Friday, 26th September 2008

Formula 1 legend gets a chance to try out the Ten Kate Honda at Magny-Cours.



Michael Schumacher's two-wheel apprenticeship continued to gather pace this week after he was allowed to test with the Ten Kate Honda World Superbike team in France.

The seven-time Formula 1 World Champion has been a regular sight on motorcycles since his retirement at the end of 2006 and has been riding a Honda in the IDM Superbike Series.

As such, the German legend was given the chance to sample Carlos Checa's CBR1000RR run by World Superbike reigning champions Ten Kate at Magny-Cours, the venue for the next round of the series.

For Schumacher, he was curious to sample the professionalism of a top level team, as well as act as team-mate to his friend Checa for one day.

“It was interesting to see how a professional superbike team works. It was difficult to understand the machinery fully with such a short amount of time but it was a great experience. It was also good to be a team-mate with Carlos who I have known for a number of years. I would like to thank Mr ten Kate for giving me the opportunity to try things out.”

Team manager Ronald ten Kate, meanwhile, admits he was a little wary about loaning one of his machines out to a relative novice, but was willing to make an exception for Schumacher.

“I'm always a little nervous letting someone ride our bikes before the end of the season, but with Michael, I was happy to make an exception. He's proved to be more than capable of handling the power of our CBR1000RR and he's really a very good rider.”

According to Gazetta dello Sport, Schumacher was around four seconds off the pace of Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari, with a lap time of 1min 44secs.

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4 seconds off the pace.. Kawi could put him on their MotoGP bike and he'd be about the same pace as Westy


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4 seconds off the pace.. Kawi could put him on their MotoGP bike and he'd be about the same pace as Westy
Or on a Ducati and be about the same pace as Melandri...
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that's pretty cool
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Hey if Jordan went to baseball and now owns a superbike team why not?!.
maybe he'll be on the grind in 09 and Rossi will join F1
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Damn... lucky bastard. I want to be as Slow as West on a GP bike. LOL
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Or on a Ducati and be about the same pace as Melandri...
Or Hayden next year


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Or Hayden next year
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