Photos: Michael Schumacher rides the Panigale

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At a wet, cold Paul Ricard Circuit last week, F1 legend Michael Schumacher hopped on the new Ducati 1199 Panigale. Joining him on track were John McGuinness, Randy Mamola, Moto2 rider Pol Espargaro and endurance racer Keith Flint. It was a little marketing promo pulled off by Monster, but a unique chance to see all the above on bikes, on the track, at the same time, nonetheless.

Photos: Gigi Soldano/Getty/Steve Etherington

Speaking of Schumi, McGuinness said, “I wasn’t expecting him to be anything else, but he’s fast!”

Schumacher is no stranger to motorcycle racing, having competed in the German IDM superbike series on a CBR1000RR.

How do bikes compare to F1 cars? Back in 2008, he was quoted by Motorcycle Sport and Leisure as saying, “Riding a Ducati is the most exhilarating thing I’ve done in my life.”

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