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F1 news: Lewis Hamilton warned over speed during Superbike test after crash

Lewis Hamilton was warned to “go a bit slower” during his Superbike track test as his speed had become a cause for concern, according to Yamaha rider Michael van der Mark.Van der Mark and Alex Lowes rode alongside the Formula One world champion in a test earlier this month which was overseen by the Crescent team that operates Yamaha’s WSBK outfit.

Hamilton, a big motorbike fan, rode a black Yamaha YZF-R1 in Jerez and did come off the bike in a small crash at one point, although he suffered no injuries.And Van der Mark has revealed his riding was a concern for his team because “he didn’t have a riding style”.

“Lewis already did two track days on his bike [before] and the people of his team were a little bit concerned because of his speed,” he told Motorsport.com.

“He was very fast but he didn’t have a riding style. He had lots of lean angle, so the initiative came a bit from his team that he’d get a few tips from professionals.”

“During the first day I was alone with Lewis and on the second day my teammate Alex Lowes joined us.

“On the first day I’ve was only trying to make him go a bit slower. I had to stop him, he’s not afraid at all and he tried to take corners as fast as with his car. During the second day we worked a lot on his style.

“I know he can be much faster but it’s difficult to predict what he could do on a bike. He has only ridden four days now and he was about seven seconds slower than us. With that he’s faster than most other track day riders.

“You can see he has a special talent, but I don’t know if he wants to do that [full-time].”

Source: Fox Sports