Fernando Alonso Shares His Thrilling Yet Scary Experiment With Moto GP

Published 12/27/2021, 7:28 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 9, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Once behind the wheel of an F1 car, Fernando Alonso is amongst the most lethal forces on the grid. The 41-year-old currently drives for the Alpine team alongside French driver Esteban Ocon. He recently clinched his 98th career podium in the 2021 Qatar GP. However, when the F1 ace tried his hands on a Honda MotoGP machine, it proved to be a terrifying experience for him.

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Alonso carries a passion for two-wheels like many other F1 drivers. He got the opportunity to ride the top-tier MotoGP bike, and he grabbed it with both hands. The Honda machine highly impressed him with its speed and exclusivity. However, he believes it was a scary experience for him to handle it on high-speed turns.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Fernando Alonso switched to two wheels

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Alonso is one of the greatest drivers to hop in an F1 cockpit. The raw pace, calculated aggression, and defending masterclass of Alonso still make him one of the best drivers’ on the grid.

On a distinct note, Fernando Alonso shares a great inquisitiveness for bikes like many others on the grid including Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel, and Lance Stroll. The Spaniard owns a Harley Davidson and a Ducati as well. However, his favorite two-wheel experience is the one where he tried his hands on a MotoGP bike.

During a ‘Honda Thanks Day’ at Motegi, he took his love for motorbikes to another level. The two-time world champion tested on the Honda bike of six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez. Though impressed by the bike, he was scared to replicate what the riders do in a MotoGP race.

“It’s incredible what this bike can do. I didn’t have the elbow down, just my knee, although I really only wanted to scratch the leather – so I was able to prove that I was down. But it was very scary,” said Alonso as reported by the GP blog.

Alonso is ready for 2022

The Spaniard came out of retirement in the 2021 F1 season and he had a decent season with Alpine. The retirement of Kimi Raikkonen makes him the most experienced driver on the grid in the next season. He was back on the grid after for post-season testing before calling it off for the winter break.

The Spaniard is confident about his preparation for the next season. “I feel good, honestly, I feel an advantage, you know? When I come to a circuit, I know the circuits,” said Alonso as reported by Fi.

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“Even now, you know everyone is testing this 18-inch tire and I know very well these tires from the WEC [with Toyota].”

“I think I only see the advantages. Physically, I think the cars of today are not very demanding. I can do 300 laps with these cars, so there is not a problem physically.” he added after the testing session in Abu Dhabi.

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If Alpine prepares a well-suited car for the 2022 season, fans would love to see Fernando Alonso back to the top. What is your prediction for the double world champ in 2022?

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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