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Intense multi-sport schedule for Elías

Intense multi-sport schedule for Elías

The Moto2 World Champion is gearing up for the start of the pre-season Testing schedule with his LCR Honda team by undertaking a training programme involving a range of sporting disciplines, including taking part in a car race on ice over the weekend.

Variety is the key for Toni Elías as he prepares to climb aboard his LCR Honda RC212V machine at Sepang in two weeks, where the first official MotoGP Test of 2011 gets underway on February 1st.

The 2010 Moto2 World Champion gained a sample of what he can expect on the 800cc prototype this season at the Valencia Test last November, and has undertaken a rigorous multi-discipline training regime in preparation for the lead into the new season and the opening round in Qatar on March 20th.

“In preparation for the start of the season I started my new training programme on January 1st. I am concentrating on winter sports. I live near the mountains and like them a lot, but climbing them is not easy and the first week was very hard. However, I soon found my rhythm,” explained the Spanish rider.

“In my opinion it’s very important to enjoy what you’re doing and sport must be fun. I practice several sports: running, cycling (both road and mountain), cross country skiing, walking in snow boots, gym and karting, but my favourite is motocross training with my dad. We have a track next to our house and my father is a former motocross champion, and he’s still very fast! I think I’m doing a good job to be fit for the first round in Qatar.”

Added to the list of pursuits was a drive in the Gseries BPA over the weekend, as Elías displayed his ability on four wheels in the ice racing championship held in Andorra. The Spaniard teamed up with Andorran driver Alex Bercianos in a Mini Cooper for the event.

LCR Honda Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello said of the pre-season efforts: “Toni’s already tasted the MotoGP bike and is aware of the effort needed for this machine. The weight of a Moto2 and MotoGP bike is similar but the weight/power proportion is more important on the 800cc bike.”

“A premier class rider needs good upper body strength due to the strain on the forearm and triceps during braking and acceleration. The right training involves muscle as well as aerobic work, because endurance is very important too. The best way to be fit id to keep training on the bike and Toni rides motocross weekly,” he concluded.

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MotoGP, 2011, Toni Elias, LCR Honda MotoGP

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