Reigning-Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton took part in a World Superbike test at Jerez this weekend with Alex Lowes and Michael Van der Mark. During the test he had a small spill on the Yamaha R1 he was riding – but thankfully, the British multiple-time F1 champion escaped uninjured.
Hamilton’s a big fan of motorcycles – and over the last few year’s he’s becoming more and more involved with the sport. Last year, he became an ambassador of famous motorcycling brand MV Agusta, and even put his name to a limited edition bike developed by the Italian firm, the F4 LH 44. And the five-time F1 champion also shared a track with LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow earlier this year, when the pair spent a day riding Superbikes at the Californian Chuckwalla Valley track.
And now, Hamilton’s been out to a No Limits organised test day in Jerez, riding a Yamaha YZF-R1 – the same bike used in the World Superbike championship by the works-backed Crescent team this year. Hamilton worked closely with Crescent during the test, riding a completely black bike with stickers bearing his racing number 44. His day was hampered slightly by a small crash at Turn 7, but he escaped the incident without any injuries and was able to continue riding afterwards. F1 fans can breathe easy for another day.