Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his interest in going up against MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez on-track in the future as the Mercedes Formula 1 driver's interest in motorbike racing grows.

Hamilton is known to be a big fan of motorbikes. As well as completing a Superbike test last year with the Yamaha WSBK squad, the five-time F1 world champion also owns a custom MV Augusta that he is often seen riding into and around the paddock at races.

Ahead of last weekend's round at Silverstone, five-time MotoGP world champion Marquez said in an interview with the Daily Mail that he would be interested in a 'champion versus champion' battle against Hamilton, having himself tried out an F1 car last year through his links to Red Bull.

In a post on Instagram on Tuesday, Hamilton took a screenshot of the story and wrote: "Let's go bro! Can't wait to meet and ride together sometime."

Marquez's MotoGP team, Respol Honda, also chipped in on Twitter.

Hamilton's test with the Pata Yamaha WSBK squad last December followed an event earlier in the year that had seen him link up with British MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow via mutual sponsor Monster. The energy drink brand is a Mercedes team sponsor, and has a special edition drink named after Hamilton.

However, the ties to Monster could prove to be a stumbling block for any Hamilton versus Marquez showdown, given the latter is a Red Bull athlete and ambassador, running with its sponsorship on his helmet and race suit.

Monster was reported earlier this year to have been keen on a future ride swap between Hamilton and Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi - who himself has extensive F1 testing under his belt - but any possible plans are still to be made public.

 

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