LEWIS HAMILTON admits he is readying himself for a “dream” first MotoGP test.
Hamilton was at the Losail International Circuit for Saturday’s qualifying in Qatar.
The Mercedes driver has been seen on a Yamaha bike when he was involved in testing with the World Superbike team last year.
But the five-time Formula One world champion has his sights set on stepping up to MotoGP and connections appear keen.
Hamilton and the Yamaha factory team share the same sponsor in Monster Energy and they are keen for a swap between the Brit and Valentino Rossi.
While the Mercedes F1 team are heavily backed by Petronas and the Malaysian company are also associated with the SRT Yamaha team who had Hamlton as a guest yesterday.
When asked whether jumping on a MotoGP bike was an aim Hamilton told motogp.com: “100 percent I’m going to ride one, I’m building up to it.
“I need more days [on a bike] firstly because I’ve only had two-and-a-half kind of days on the track, but eventually I’d love to try a MotoGP bike. That’s the dream.
“I watch it every weekend it’s on. Even when I’m on a grand prix weekend, I’m jumping out of my meetings before and after [F1] qualifying so I can watch the qualifying here.”
Hamilton’s guest appearance in the Yamaha garage saw him spend a lot of time with rider Franco Morbidelli.
The F1 driver was part of the Italian’s post-qualifying debrief and Morbidelli had nothing but praise for the 34-year-old.
“To meet Lewis was a great experience for me,” said Morbidelli. “I enjoyed a lot, and I was very surprised to see how he is as a person – he’s a great person, very humble, very interested in this sport, very passionate.
“He did many questions about riding, about how is the bike, what you do here, what you do there, how the tyre consumption is.
“It was just nice, and it was a pity to not have enough time to speak more with him.
“But I enjoyed the moment, and I hope he enjoyed as well to live this moment inside the pitbox and to see how the two-wheel riders act.”
Morbidelli’s team-mate Fabio Quartararo qualified fifth on his MotoGP debut and said meeting Hamilton was “one of the most beautiful days of my career”.