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Bike-loving Hamilton sets sights '100 percent' on MotoGP test

AFP  |  Melbourne 

said he wants "100 percent" to ride a MotoGP bike and is hoping for more time on two wheels to be ready for the challenge.

The British five-time champion has made no secret of his love for motorbikes and attended MotoGP's season opener in last weekend as a guest of the Petronas-backed team.

"Fierce, insane speeds and unforgiving, this sport is phenomenal," the tweeted afterwards. "What an experience! How about you guys let me ride next time?"

It followed Hamilton trialling a World Superbike at Jerez in December and he told that he wants to experience more.

"100 percent I'm going to ride one, I'm building up to it," he said ahead of embarking on his defence in in Sunday's

"I need more days (on a bike) firstly because I've only had two-and-a-half kind of days on the track, but eventually I'd love to try a MotoGP bike. That's the dream.

"I watch it every weekend it's on," he added. "Even when I'm on a grand prix weekend, I'm jumping out of my meetings before and after qualifying so I can watch the (MotoGP) qualifying."

According to the website, Monster Energy, which sponsors Hamilton as well as the MotoGP team, is keen on arranging a ride swap between him and seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi.

Hamilton is a huge fan of Rossi's and after meeting him in tweeted: "Always an honour to get time with this legend.

"Over 20 years in the world championship, I'm constantly inspired by this man and his humble attitude to his work, his team and his passion.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 09:40 IST