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Valentino Rossi did a lap in an E60 M5 at valencia with Michael Jordan on board. Jordan's out at Valencia hob-nobbing with the guys from MotoGP for the final race of the season. In addition to going out with Rossi (he must have drifted the M5 just like his Yamaha M1), Jordan got to go out on the Ducati MotoGP bike too.

From MotoGP:
Basketball legend Michael Jordan fulfilled a lifetime ambition in Valencia, Spain, on Saturday when he completed several laps of the Ricardo Tormo circuit aboard a MotoGP bike, the fastest motorcycle in the world.

The former Chicago Bulls star has been a keen motorcyclist since the age of five and today got the opportunity of a lifetime, riding the 230bhp Ducati Desmosedici prototype normally taken to speeds up over 210mph by Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss in MotoGP World Championship – the most prestigious and technologically advanced series in motorcycle racing.

Jordan was joined on track by a selection of the world’s best riders, with Sete Gibernau, Colin Edwards, Kurtis Roberts and Kenny Roberts Jr showing him around the 4,005m track, before getting an extra treat from MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi, who took him for a lap in the new BMW M5.

"It was Sete who talked me into it!" laughed Jordan. "That was fun, but I only got it up to fourth gear, I can't imagine what these things are like wide open in sixth! The straightaways were no problem, but I was trying to find the markers for the corners, then I had these other guys riding alongside tapping me on the leg!

“These things have so much power, I was trying to pull a wheelie, but in the end I was a bit too afraid, so I just started waving! I guess you could say I need a bit more time to get used to all that power.

“I've been into bikes pretty much all my life, I started riding dirt bikes when I was five. And I really like this whole MotoGP thing. Maybe I'd like to have a team one day, but I'm only learning this whole deal right now. The lap in the car with Rossi was amazing – that guy is nuts!”

Jordan was welcomed to the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana by Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, the rights holders to the series. “The visit of a world sport star with the profile and prestige of Michael Jordan is fantastic for MotoGP,” said Mr Ezpeleta, who enjoyed a round of golf with Jordan on Friday.

“We had heard that he was interested in visiting MotoGP and that he was a big fan, but we were surprised by his knowledge of the championship and the riders. He was here on a private trip with friends but he showed what a nice guy he is with his patience and humility… even though he beat me at golf!”




Video link-watch him drift the m5 at the end of the video!

http://motogp.tiscali.com/ppv_multimedia2/319/319087_16974.wmv
 

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Rossi's hair is great. An amazing talent that will hopefully be in F1.
 

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Very nice but who's the guy in the back?! :haha:
 

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MJ seemed more shaken up by his ride in the M5 than by his bike ride in which, by the way, he was fairly conservative - wonder if that means he's planning another unretirement.:rolleyes:

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MJ seemed more shaken up by his ride in the M5 than by his bike ride in which, by the way, he was fairly conservative - wonder if that means he's planning another unretirement.:rolleyes:

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I believe Michael Jordan already has a AMA team with Montez Stewart as the driver. I think he is merely looking for a new business venture.

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Great post, very interesting. I think it would be great if Rossi would be in F1, make it a lot more interesting imho

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M6 is M6. The 6 is an entirely new series. The plan was to rename all coupes even numbers (eg, the 3 series coupe would now be 4 series). But that plan was changed because the BMW Board is worried that there is too much change and there is too much brand equity in the "M3" and "3 series". You can see how the new 3 series is much more scaled back. It originally was going to have the 6&7 series rear end- as was the 5. Both the 5 and 3 were redesigned because of the drop off in sales with the 7. iDrive was supposed to be mandatory, but they changed that too. They did not have enough time to do it for the 5.
 

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M6 is M6. The 6 is an entirely new series. The plan was to rename all coupes even numbers (eg, the 3 series coupe would now be 4 series). But that plan was changed because the BMW Board is worried that there is too much change and there is too much brand equity in the "M3" and "3 series". You can see how the new 3 series is much more scaled back. It originally was going to have the 6&7 series rear end- as was the 5. Both the 5 and 3 were redesigned because of the drop off in sales with the 7. iDrive was supposed to be mandatory, but they changed that too. They did not have enough time to do it for the 5.
shucks! and here i thought we wuz gonna have us a m9!

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There are rumors of a new supercar- but that is unlikely to break cover until calendar year 2010 because of the new regime's insistence on every model must make a profit, and the launch of so many new models and frankly, the need for the next generation to refocus the BMW brand.
 

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and the launch of so many new models and frankly, the need for the next generation to refocus the BMW brand.
... big time! The 6 series I think was a sensible launch for the brand but I'm not so sure about the 1 and the X3 (an X5 spin-off to me).
 
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