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Troy Corser and Nick Heidfeld swap Superbike and Formula 1 rides (video)


by Marc Cantin ,

BMW racers Troy Corser and Nick Heidfeld swapped rides for a fun test at the Nürburgring last week.

F1 driver Nick Heidfeld was thrilled with his first ride on a full house Superbike: "I managed to drag my knee in morning practice on a stock bike. But the difference between the stock and the race bike is huge. The Superbike is more aggressive, builds up more grip and has the superior brakes, but it is also easier to ride because you can control it so well. The handling is very precise. I'm still miles from the limit and would love to have done a lot more laps."

Two-times Superbike World Champion Corser was likewise impressed by the Formula One race car: "It was just awesome! The car feels so balanced and the brakes are fantastic, the tyres have unbelievable grip and the steering is very direct but still has a lot of feeling. I can't believe how hard and late you can brake. I know I was braking too early and I really would like to have a day or two with the car to really see what I can do with it."

They loved it - No surprise there, and no talk of late career switches...

And Heidfeld probably understands better why Michael Schumacher keeps racing his Superbikes despite several serious crashes.