Michael Schumacher’s newly found hobby after his retirement from Formula One is motorbike racing. Last year he participated in the German Superbike Championship IDM and he loved it so much that this year he wants to do it again. According to Michael he trained and prepared for it better now than last year, however in February he had a big crash in a pre-season superbike test in Cartagen, Spain.
At the time he played it down and said he only got some bruises, nothing more. But now Germany’s biggest selling paper, Bild claims that his injuries have been a lot more serious than first admitted. According to the paper he has broken two ribs, cracked two vertebras and had a pretty serious concussion. Although Bild is a tabloid, there is probably something in it as it happened three months ago, but Michael is still not fully recovered. He was planning to start in this year’s IDM championship, but he couldn’t participate in the first round in April and still can’t this next weekend, because of his health problems resulting from the crash. Bild says he is still being treated at the Bad Neuheim Sports Clinic.
People worry for Michael, because motorbikes are always dangerous, and even more so when somebody starts doing it, like Michael, at the age of 40.
Michael’s ex-physio and friend, Balbir Singh (who is working for Force India now) was quoted by Bild saying that: “Michael still has some problems with his neck. I told him to stop racing bikes.”
Three-times Formula One World Champion, Niki Lauda said: “If he is not tired of his life, he should stop.”
However Michael has no intention to stop. His manager Willi Weber said today that although he misses the race in Oschersleben this weekend, he already took up his training and he is planning to be there and race at the Nürburgring on the 31st of May. Let’s hope without crashing and injuring himself!