Lewis Hamilton keen to race in NASCAR one day

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he would like to take part in a NASCAR race one day, as well as trying his hand at MotoGP.

Hamilton first got a taste of a NASCAR racer back in 2011 during a promotional event for Mobil 1 with Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen.

In a recent interview with British newspaper the Daily Mirror, the Briton revealed that he first wanted to race motorbikes when he was young, and is still interested in trying out a MotoGP bike one day.

“When I was a kid I wanted to race motorbikes,” Hamilton said.

“When my dad bought me my first go-kart I actually wanted a motorbike. I’m not disappointed how things have turned out but bikes were my first love I suppose.

“I’d also love to test a MotoGP bike just to see what it’s like. Naturally I’d know the lines but I’d love to know if I could even do it.”

Hamilton then added: “I’d really like to do a NASCAR race one day.”

The report was welcomed by current NASCAR driver Joey Logano, who tweeted: “Would be fun to have u on track with us @LewisHamilton!”

Hamilton’s interest in MotoGP has resulted in nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi offering the Briton a ride on his Yamaha bike.

“We always says to me he wants to come and try the motorcycle, but I say to him: ‘You ride a motorcycle, or you have to start from zero?'” Rossi said ahead of this weekend’s race at Indianapolis.

“But he said that he has good skill, he rides a 450 [motocross bike] and everything. You know, need a little bit of experience before try the MotoGP.

“But our bike is very easy, so we try to kill a little bit of power and for sure is good if Lewis will try the [Yamaha] M1.”

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”