“This bloke can really ride”: Hamilton praised after Superbike test | 2018 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton’s performance in a Superbike test at Jerez last weekend was praised by members of the World Superbike team which ran his machine.

Paul Denning, team principal of Crescent Racing which operates the Yamaha squad and a former rider, said Hamilton showed real talent. “This bloke can really ride,” Denning wrote on social media. “Talent for days and a proper good lad.”

Team rider Alex Lowes said the five-times Formula 1 world champion was “very quick and impressive” on a bike. “Top bloke and genuine two-wheel fan.”

Hamilton made a brief mention of the test on his social media accounts, saying he had a “sick couple of days in Jerez”. He rode a Yamaha YZF-R1 of the type used by Crescent in the Superbike World Championship.

Andrew Johnston, team owner of ASJ Racing which competes in the National Superstock 1000 series, said Hamilton had previously expressed an interest in riding one of the bikes.

“He’s always had a soft spot for the R1,” wrote Johnston. “He wanted a go on mine in Barbados but ‘his management’ wouldn’t allow it for ‘insurance’ purposes.

“A genuine bloke with some kick ass talent,” he added.

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