Valentino Rossi and Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, three-time Formula One (F1) world champion, has gone on record to say that he thinks MotoGP – the premier motorcycle championship class – is more exciting than F1, and has expressed hopes of riding a MotoGP bike. He said this during a press conference in Spain, location of F1 pre-season testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Hamilton also hoped that Valentino, whom he said was one of his idols, would win the 2016 MotoGP championship. As reported by visordown, Hamilton is in favour of two-wheeled forms of motor-racing, saying, “I really need to try a MotoGP bike because MotoGP is so cool and more exciting to watch I would say and is closer racing. Valentino is incredible and is my favourite, as he is for a lot of people.”

As world champion, time weighs heavily on Hamilton’s commitments. “There are also a lot of other great riders and I definitely want to make it to more races this year as I’ve only been to one a season,” he said. Since riding a MotoGP-spec race bike calls for almost inhuman levels of skill, Hamilton said he would settle for a pillion ride. “This year I will try and make it to more and I’m dying to get on the back of one at least. I just won’t tell my team!” he said, in response to what Mercedes might say to him riding a MotoGP bike.

That Hamilton is into fast motorcycles is not a new thing, as he has previously lent his name to the MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster RR LH44. Designed with input from Hamilton over the course of several months, the Dragster RR LH44 features an Alcantara quilt pattern saddle to numerous parts made from Ergal aluminium such as the brake lever, handlebars, fuel filler cap, and brake pump cover.

The logos come with a special anodised red finish, as does the frame, footpegs and spectacular spoked wheels. Other features of the Dragster RR LH44 include adjustable clip-on bars finished in matte black like the side stand, frame and footpeg plates.

Following design cues from F1 cars, most of the Dragster RR LH44’s bodywork is made from carbon-fibre, including the front and rear mudguards, the screen, air box and side covers, exhaust heat shields, gear box and swing-arm covers and sprocket guard. Hamilton’s race number, 44, is prominently featured on the bike’s fly-screen, and also on the limited edition ID plate on the 244 bikes that will be made.

GALLERY: 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster RR LH44