Michael Schumacher in 135mph Bike Crash

Michael Schumacher on Wednesday checked out of a Spanish hospital basically unscathed following a 135mph motorcycle testing crash.

The former seven time formula one world champion was testing for the German Superbike team Holzhauer Racing at the Cartagena circuit when he fell from the 1000cc Honda Fireblade.

Reports said Schumacher, 40, was taken to the Virgen de Arrixaca hospital, amid suggestions in the Spanish press that the German had been knocked unconscious when his head hit the ground and sustained broken ribs and possibly neck and wrist injuries.

But he later insisted: "I was driving down the start-finish straight and then braking into the first corner I hit some bumps which made me fall.

"The checks in the hospital showed nothing and I am fine," Schumacher added.

It is believed the former Ferrari driver did sustain light concussion, but hospital tests showed no serious injuries and Schumacher returned home to Switzerland in the evening.

"It was not as bad as it sounds," team boss Jens Holzhauer told the Cologne newspaper Express.

"It was a harmless slip and a quite normal training fall."

Schumacher's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm insisted that the German was not knocked out and that no bones were broken.

The fall, however, was not Schumacher's first since he embarked on his semi-professional motorcycle racing foray in the wake of his record-setting F1 career.

Italian motorbike racer Max Biaggi told the German newspaper Bild: "If he wants to break his neck at the age of 40 then he should keep going. Motorcycle racing is a dangerous hobby."


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