The Ducati official test rider Vittoriano Guareschi fell off his bike and was injured when the team was in the middle of a three-day test session. Surely they had a long list of experienced and eager motorcyclists who would be happy to take Guareschi’s place. However, rather than call on any of them the team asked Michael to step in.
At the same time Kimi Raikkonen, Schumacher’s successor at Ferrari and current world champion commented last week that he would be glad to follow Schumacher’s example and ride a MotoGP racing bike. However his intentions were stopped for a while by Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari team principal. He thinks that Kimi is currently busy enough and he has many things to focus on and that his duty is to defend the glory of four-wheeled cars.