Schu, Berger, to test MotoGP bikes

Mon, 5 November 2007, 08:36

Michael Schumacher is reportedly set to climb aboard Casey Stoner’s title-winning Ducati MotoGP motorcycle on Monday.

Following the final round of the 2007 season at Valencia last weekend, the post-race MotoGP tests at the Spanish circuit are usually reserved for journalists and former racers to try the two-wheel machines.

Referring to retired Ferrari racer Schumacher’s Ducati test, Stoner said: “I hear he’s pretty good on a bike so it will be strange to explain something.

“But if he has some questions then maybe I can answer them,” he added.

Australia’s Stoner, the newly crowned MotoGP champion, also said he would like to one day try a formula one car.

“I’m not ready for this because I’ve never really driven a car. I’ve driven karts a lot but not really a car.

“Maybe I’ll wait some years yet and for sure it will be nice to get some advice from Michael.”

Schumacher, 38, first tested a Ducati MotoGP bike late in 2005.

Italian television Italia1, meanwhile, revealed that former grand prix winner and Toro Rosso co-owner Gerhard Berger is preparing to test several MotoGP bikes at Valencia this week.

“The Kawasaki, the Honda, the Ducati,” Berger, reportedly asked to conduct the tests for a German motoring magazine, said.

“I like motorbikes a lot,” the Austrian veteran added. “It’s great stuff, a good show.”

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