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Old 11-15-2008, 09:49 AM   #1
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Honda to offer Schumacher WSBK ride?

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Michael Schumacher could make his World Superbike debut in 2009 after Honda Europe boss Carlo Fiorani indicated his wish to invite the seven-time Formula 1 world champion to compete with them.

Having hung up his Ferrari F1 overalls at the end of 2006, Schumacher has embarked on his ‘hobby' of bike racing recently, most notably testing for Honda, Yamaha and Ducati WSBK teams in the past few weeks.

It has led to speculation that Schumacher, who has been earning his bike racing stripes in the German IDM Superbike series, could be interested in making an appearance on the world stage sometime soon.

His huge global profile would certainly make him a target for the likes of Honda, with whom Schumacher races with in Germany. Indeed, Fiorani told Gazzetta dello Sport that he is happy to offer him a possible wild-card ride.

Even so, Schumacher, who was reported to be lapping within three seconds of Carlos Checa's pace when he tested the factory-backed Ten Kate Honda at Magny-Cours, is apparently not keen to pursue his new ‘career' too fervently and he is yet to indicate his wish to compete in the series.

Still, Fiorani insists that all he would have to do is ‘ask' and Honda will provide him the chance to make his WSBK bow.

“Michael is convinced that at the moment the German championship is the ideal level for him,” Fiorani, an ex-Ferrari man, told the Italian newspaper.

“We'll give him the maximum support, given that there the regulations don't allow for modifications. For the moment he hasn't asked us to run in the world championship in 2009, but if he wants to, there is already a bike ready for him. He only needs to ask for it.”
must make all the riders who have given there all feel really special right about now
I think it would devalue the series
I want to see the BEST production based riders in WSBK where possible, not the most commercially attractive.
If he gets up to speed in the German series then game on
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:59 AM   #2
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I don't know, mixed opinions on this subject for me.

I think it would be good for the sport IF he were actually able to run in the top 5 or win consistently. If he's a backmarker though, I'm with you Grinchy 100%.
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Old 11-16-2008, 03:27 PM   #3
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He would not finish in the top 5, probably not top 10.
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Old 11-16-2008, 03:54 PM   #4
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He'd never win a race, but WSBK ratings would go through the roof.
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:54 PM   #5
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I think he'll continue to joy ride on the testing days rather than race. It was cool to see him out at the race in Portugal. All the riders seemed welcoming.

This guy is good though. I disliked him in F1 cause he allways won but I belive he is technically smart about driving, or now riding, techniuqes and feeding that back to the Mechanics and Engineers. There have been racers come from Bikes to F1 and win races and campionships in the past and if it was to happen the other way around he'd be the guy. I just think he's too competive to take a ride on a race weekend just to lap around off the pace. He can do that all he wants already on any given test weekend. Must be nice.
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