Switching from 4 to 2 wheels can be not so easy, unless your name is Lewis Hamilton. The 5 times Formula 1 World Champion has never hidden his passion for motorbikes and has recently tested himself on a Crescent Racing R1 Yamaha.
Paul Denning’s squad was busy testing in Spain with its two riders Alex Lowes and Michael Van Der Mark, who had the honor of sharing the track with Hamilton. The 33 years old Mercedes driver showed himself in Jerez de la Frontera with an all-black suit, helmet and bike, apart for some little sponsors’ stickers and his favourite number 44.
The 1000cc Yamaha was very well-finished in the details, with some Lightech parts and also a personalized Akrapovic exhaust with a laser-engraved Hamilton logo.
Lewis tasted the emotion of 2 wheels to the full, even with a small crash in Jerez, luckily without any consequence for him; he was soon back on the R1 together with Lowes and Van Der Mark.
Hamilton is no stranger to motorbikes, though: in 2017 he was protagonist of a Monster Energy advertisement with Cal Crutchlow, riding a Kawasaki at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in California.
The F1 champion is also strongly linked to MV Agusta: the Italian factory recently produced a few models designed together with Hamilton himself (Dragster RR LH, F4 LH44, Brutale 800 RR LH44, all marked by Lewis Hamilton’s initials and produced only in a limited number with his favourite 44 in it - i.e. 144, 244). This strong collaboration started when Lewis humbly contacted MV Agusta asking to buy a special model of their bikes.
After this R1 Crescent Yamaha test, Hamilton has been overwhelmed by proposals from different brands: everybody now wants the world famous Mercedes Formula 1 driver testing their bikes. Lewis’ first target, though, is to ride with Valentino at the famous Rossi’s Ranch!