autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
You are on the classic version of Autosport. Visit www.autosport.com to see our new site.

Valentino Rossi urges Lewis Hamilton to try his bike training ranch

Lewis Hamilton Superbike test

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has urged Lewis Hamilton to visit his motorbike training ranch in Italy following the five-time Formula 1 champion's recent Jerez Superbike outing.

Hamilton was out on track at Jerez on Saturday with Yamaha World Superbike racers Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark on a plain-coloured YZR-M1 bike bearing his #44.

The Mercedes F1 driver suffered a small crash at the right-hander onto the back straight but was uninjured and was able to continue running.

Rossi was asked about Hamilton's exploits on Sunday at his Ranch after taking victory in the '100km dei Campioni' dirt bike relay-style race alongside his protege and fellow MotoGP rider Franco Morbidelli.

He said he would like to see Hamilton pay a visit to the facility, which is situated in Rossi's hometown of Tavullia and acts as the base for his VR46 Riders Academy junior programme.

The 1.8-mile dirt track also serves as Rossi's training venue.

Valentino Rossi training ranch

"Hamilton is a big bikes fan," said Rossi. "He follows the races and is always texting me. He exaggerates a bit, as he praises bike riders saying we are the ones taking real risks.

"He has to come to the ranch one day."

Following his Superbike run, Hamilton posted on Instagram saying how much he had enjoyed his Yamaha experience.

He wrote: "Woke up feeling great today, miss riding the superbike already. FYI I've always loved two wheels more than four.

"Always wanted a motorbike since I was a kid, however am super-grateful my dad got me a kart. But current new love is [being] out on track on my bike.

"I have the highest regard and respect for these motorbike riders. It's a much different discipline, however requires some of the same basics such as time, patience, fearlessness, focus, agility and risk taking - all of which make a sport exciting.

"And yes, I'd love to race bikes. But these guys are on another level so I think I'll just enjoy riding and testing the limits on track.

"@valeyellow46, I need to come to the ranch asap."

Lowes described Hamilton as "very quick and impressive" and a "top bloke and genuine two-wheel fan" in a Twitter post.

Subs
  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
Full MotoGP coverage on autosport.com
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed