Spanish MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo and American former champion Nicky Hayden made their cricket debut during a special press event at Lords on Wednesday.
British riders Scott Redding, Bradley Smith and Danny Webb, plus Malaysian Khairuddin Zulfahmi (backed by Silverstone title sponsor Air Asia), took it in turns to bowl at Lorenzo and Hayden, both of whom were decked out in cricket kit.
Hayden was swinging it like a baseball bat, and eventually got some big hits in, while Lorenzo played with a little more finesse.
After their knock-around, Lorenzo and Hayden were served tea and scones by the Air Asia girls (whose high heels were causing concern amongst the Lords groundsmen!).
“I've never played cricket in my life. I've watched it on TV in Australia or somewhere but didn't know the rules. How it carries on for days - that's a little bit out there for me!” admitted Hayden.
“I'm glad to say I've done it and it's something most American boys don't normally get to do - go to Lord's and play cricket. Hopefully they can edit the [TV] shots of me playing and end up with some where I actually hit the ball!”
“It was good fun and it's been a sunny day, so I enjoyed it. Let's hope the weather is like this for Silverstone,” added Lorenzo.