By Wade Thiel
Hilariously Good Fun
As a minibike racer myself—albeit at a much odder venue than the one shown below—I love to see other racers having fun. However, I was a bit surprised when I saw F1 driver Danial Ricciardo’s video on his Instagram page of him riding a sporty minibike on a track.
I assumed F1 drivers would be coddled a little more and not allowed to partake in shenanigans like this. I’m pleased to be wrong. According to Crash.net, the driver was able to take a little pocket bike out on two-time MotoGP world championship runner-up Sete Gibernau’s private test track. He really gets after it, too, dragging a knee whenever possible.
All this came about after Ricciardo’s sponsor Alpinestars was able to get him to the track to test out a little 100cc minibike. Ricciardo got some technique training and appears to have taken to the bike pretty well.
“As a kid, Mum wouldn’t let me ride two wheels because she was scared, basically, and she thought four wheels was enough,” he said. It appears that his mother’s fears couldn’t keep him from two wheels forever. Having a mother with similar thoughts, I can feel for Ricciardo and welcome him to the world of two wheels.
Check out the video below. It’s a hoot.
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