We asked Andrea about his secrets, the way he trains and when he started, the changes throughout his preparation: his workouts in a chat training; when he started and the changes throughout his preparation.
How important is MotoGP physical training?
The emotional component of the pilot is especially important in competitions, as it is this, which determines the increase in heart rate. Technical skill has always been considered a primary characteristic in motorcycling, to the detriment of athletic skills.
The driving style doesn't change - Andrea points out, but we all know that the final performance also depends very much on the athlete's training, nutrition and lifestyle.
I had three experiences with athletic trainers and they were all very interesting, very different but very interesting.
In some moments, there was intense training and in others when I was younger, it felt more like fun and I had much more freedom. Then I had another athletic coach for 5 years. Until last year.
The big challenge for me was conceiving the training with a completely different method as compared as to the one received from previous trainers.
The work has been based completely on other aspects. My physical condition is quite contracted, closed and I do not always the right and flexible openings and levers. Perhaps I don't use them in the best way possible, being quite small as most pilots are. We have therefore focused a great deal on stability, core stability and the levers. No painful amount of work has been done. I've never been forced to get out on my bike and train for so many hours for endurance and breathing tactics.
We've worked more than ever before, on aspects I've never worked on for very long in my career. I've discovered so many things and it was nice to get important results "even with little effort".
Often one thinks about preparation in terms of the more you work the better. But that is not the case at all. In some cases it’s very difficult to understand exactly how the body works.
I have to admit that I discovered a different world this year.
Even when I'm expecting a very tough workout mentally, I'm not worried. Exhausting trainings and a tough preparation require also preliminary work on a nutritional level. The type of work that’s required today is much more specific, no exercises and maximum performance. All in less time and with more quality, and this very quality shows its results during the race, on the motorcycle.
I discovered new exercises, and parts of my body that I didn't believe to be weak. By working on them, they have also improved performance on the motorcycle. I believe there’s still room for improvement.
We do a lot of work on the levers and we do exercises with instability, to better simulate the situations that can be found on the motorcycle, for example on a bend.
It's all a talk of levers, and it's all about balance.
In the championship, I have often felt comfortable on the bike, , and this is a sign of the good work that was done at the gym. An agile and reliable body, ready for anything.
And I've hardly ever reached my limit, which happens in almost every race because everyone is pushing 100%. Instead, I managed to control myself during the races, which was very difficult for me in the past. They are all small things that can make a big difference when you have to pull out 100% of the 45 minutes of race time.
You don't need to be strong-on a motorcycle, but it's the basis for building other aspects that are more important.
Emilia-Romagna is my region and I feel really good here, second, but not less important, my family and daughter live here. Being there for them makes me feel good.
And then being at home to have your own routines is very important, I think. It's nice to travel, it's nice to go to so many places, but you need to create your own recovery routine.
Recovery is one of the most important and primary aspects of the motorcyclist’s life. During this training period at Technogym I had proof of its actual benefit. You can train perfectly, achieve impeccable execution of exercises, but without the right recovery times, body and mind will not reach their maximum potential.
Assessing the physical and mental state during the training session is crucial to deciding the right intensity of the workout. The routine after each race is going back home as soon as possible, rest on Monday, then start training again according to the physical condition.
Then we tried the kart and watercraft. What’s important is to organise these outdoor activities according to “spare time” from the gym.
Gym workout is fundamental, but practicing many different kinds of sports is also very important, being versatile and a good all-rounder.
It's true that we have to be fast and competitive in ;otoGP but in the end there's no chance for us to do a lot of tests on the bike. Times are really tight. The position is odd, uncomfortable, it’s really extreme. These are the reasons why practicing many sports is really helpful. You learn to improvise and keep a certain degree of confidence even in the most uncertain situations.