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New training programme for Rookies Cup to MotoGP

New training programme for Rookies Cup to MotoGP

New training programme for Rookies Cup to MotoGP

Whoever wants to race motorcycles not only requires a competitive bike and some doses of good luck but also a decent level of fitness and physical preparation. For this reason the German motoring association ADAC has created an academy of `fitness´ sporting the slogan `Fit for Race´ that will offer young motorcycle riders the opportunity to sharpen their physical condition.

The riders of the Red Bull Rookies Cup to MotoGP (set to occur in Germany and begin next May) met recently at the Bernau-Felden Medical Park in Baviera, Germany, alongside Matti Seidel and Georg Fröhlich, the two ADAC Honda riders competing in the German Championships. During five days all participants undertook a series of medical tests and an intense training programme to prepare them for the upcoming season. The Medical Park is the centre where the Olympic skiing team also get in shape, and the riders´ schedule is supervised by the skiers´ medical officer Dr. Ludwig V. Geiger. He was in charge of generating a plan for motorcycle racers based on strength, speed and mobility using exercises like jogging, cycling, in-line skating and trekking.

The programme is basic and personalised; every rider receives a plan that they can continue developing after their period at the academy. With psychological training also highly important in motorcycle racing, the plan also includes some tips for mental preparation. The youngsters will be closely followed throughout the season and will be accompanied to each race by a physiotherapist.

125cc, 2003

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