Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello was impressed by the speed of the new motorbikes after watching MotoGP action at Jerez at the weekend. How does MotoGP compare with F1?

Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello was impressed by the speed of the new motorbikes after watching MotoGP action at Jerez at the weekend.

Barrichello was still in Spain after racing at Catalunya earlier this month and decided to support his friend motorcyclist Alex Barros in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. “I really enjoy watching MotoGP, though and Jerez is a great place to come. The facilities here are fantastic now and of course the weather is perfect too! It’s great fun,” said Barrichello.

When asked about the differences between F1 and MotoGP, the Spaniard said: “There is a lot of difference – for a start it looks a lot harder to ride a bike here than it does to drive a Formula One car. It was fantastic to see the new four-stroke machines. The noise is just incredible, especially from the Ducatis. The new bikes are absolutely amazing and they lap Jerez hitting speeds which are 3 km/h faster than the F1 cars!"

Barrichello said he could not believe it when Nicky Hayden did 279,6 km/h down the back straight, the top speed of the weekend. “I am very surprised by that,” he said.

The Formula One driver said he had raced a bike recently. "I rode a normal 600 cc bike around the Sao Paulo circuit and I was eight seconds slower than Barros. I was pleased with that, as I was taking it easy so as not to risk hurting myself. I have also been in contact with Ducati and Ferrari about riding a MotoGP bike round Mugello. That would be something special," he said.