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Biaggi reveals jetlag secrets

Biaggi reveals jetlag secrets

Biaggi reveals jetlag secrets

It just falls short of Around the World in Eighty days but it's very close. The MotoGP riders are just over halfway through a 47-day trip which takes them approximately 55,000 kilometres across five countries in three separate continents.

Practice, qualifying and then racing in heat and humidity with the chains of jetlag dragging on their shoulders can make life tough for the riders, but a shot of 330km/h action on two wheels seems to do the trick.

Camel Honda rider Max Biaggi has been travelling the world for the last twelve years on route to his four world titles and 42 Grand Prix victories. The Italian accepts that jetlag is part and parcel of travelling between continents but works hard to make it a minimal distraction.

"In these five races in so many different time zones, the first thing you have to deal with is the jet lag," explained Biaggi. "I usually try and adapt myself with a light physical training session such as running round the race track or having a good session in the gym before the start of practice."

Once into the familiar routine of a race weekend there is also little time and certainly energy to think about, let alone suffer from jet lag. "I try not to sleep in the middle of the day in a practice or qualifying session," joked Biaggi.

"As soon as practice, technical briefings, qualifying and interviews begin it's the concentration and adrenaline that keep you awake. I can assure you, usually in a couple of days I feel fine."

Sometimes that is not always the case. "On a few occasions I've had difficulty sleeping at night and I've been awake until the early morning. There is nothing you can do because you still have to get up at the right time even if you've only had a couple of hours sleep. Nobody waits for you when the pit-lane lights go to green at 10.00 o'clock later in the morning."

Arriving in good shape is vital . Biaggi's success enables him to travel first class on the aeroplane but he never touches the alcohol on constant offer in such luxurious surroundings. Diet is also important and once again the former World Champion sticks to his principles coupled with a good dose of will power.

"I follow a light diet avoiding junk food which I do at home in any case. Also I drink no alcohol and try to get in a as much physical activity as possible before the start of practice."

The fly away races also mean the riders have to stay in hotels instead of their motorhomes which provide them with such a stable base when travelling round Europe. Biaggi has got his choice of hotel well sorted out.

"I always choose the hotel closest to the circuit and my physiotherapist always stays in that same hotel," he explained. "That makes things a lot easier for me because he makes sure I'm awake in the morning . He also takes care of my meals and pushes me to go to bed if I happen to remain too long in the pit garage at the circuit."

The MotoGP travelling circus is enormous with nearly one thousand personnel flying to every one of the five ‘flyaway' races. It's a vibrant and friendly environment but as Biaggi points out, it is work and there is no time for relaxing.

"You can have some rest but not really relax, because we travel round the world together. Even if here in the World Championship circus the relationships between people are friendly and you know each other so well, it's still a job environment."

Next year the inclusion of China and America in the 17 round MotoGP World Championship calendar means even less time for rest and is sure to mean that the search for that complete jet lag cure continues.

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MotoGP, 2004, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Max Biaggi

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