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December 21, 2018 at 5:42 am

Why Lewis Hamilton was told to drive a little slower

Being told to slow down is not something that happens every day to five-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton; however, this is exactly what happened during a Yamaha Superbike track test at Jerez in southern Spain.

Hamilton has previously professed his love of superbikes; however, after coming off his bike without sustaining any injuries and the Crescent team being concerned about his inexperience, he was asked to tone it down just a little.

The Crescent team, which operates the Yamaha’s World Superbikes outfit, was responsible for getting Hamilton on the track.



All eyes on a champion

Just as everyone would watch Hamilton from one of the F1 hospitality rooms through a sporting events company such as Edge Global Events, all eyes were on the racing champion during the test. He was riding a black Yamaha YZF-R1 and took to the track with pro riders Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark. Previously, the Mercedes driver had ridden with Cal Crutchlow, an LCR Honda MotoGP rider who is considered to be one of the best in the business. He was riding a black Yamaha YZF-R1 and took to the track with pro riders Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark. Previously, the Mercedes driver had ridden with Cal Crutchlow, an LCR Honda MotoGP rider who is considered to be one of the best in the business.

It was van der Mark who let slip that Hamilton was asked to slow down and that it was a simple lack of riding style that caused the greatest concern. Van der Mark said he knew that Lewis had already done two track days on a bike but that the people on his team were concerned by his high speed. He added that Hamilton had lots of lean angle; therefore, the initiative was taken by the team to ask the pros to step in and to curb his enthusiasm a little and reduce his speed. Van der Mark said he tried hard to get Hamilton to slow down and not to take corners as fast as he would in his car!.

A fast learner

Van der Mark said that despite the lack of riding style, the F1 champion was a quick learner. They worked hard on his style and his work rate was impressive.

He said that even if Hamilton was just riding for fun, he was super-motivated to learn and asked a lot of questions. He added that he had a clear talent and that he really put his heart and soul into everything he did on the track.

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