The preparation of a motorcyclist is done firstly in the winter months to give an athletic background, although then the actual preparation is done for the race. In addition to the physical preparation, there is a very important mental work to do. ‘It's since 2009’ Andrea tell us ‘when I changed coach that I aim to improve by learning from the experience.
The exercises I do most in the gym work on strength, stabilisation and coordination. Let's say that the preparation revolves around these 3 aspects. In January and February, we work mainly on strength, because then we can do more days in the gym, we have more time, and we do a certain type of preparation, mainly on strength, because I do not go into motion in those months, although it depends on the year.
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The periodisation of training is very important, explains Andrea, who is 33 years old and has a perfectly fit physique. At 33 he works a lot on details, everything is done to bring the movement to the highest possible quality. You then use these details in the race, on the bike. This is very difficult because it is extremely complex to simulate the position you have on the bike.
You must be good at recovering well and choose the right day to workout. This is very difficult because the year is very long: even if Andrea admits that in the last 3 years the preparation has changed since working with Technogym. Recovery is one of the most important things in the life of the motorcyclist. During my training at Technogym I have had the proof of its real usefulness. You can train to perfection, get to perform exercises impeccably, but without the right recoveries, body and mind do not perform to their full potential.
As with all Italian drivers, winning the Italian Grand Prix is like winning a derby in football. Glory and success for a whole year. Without a shadow of a doubt, my best victory was Mugello 2017, the most exciting ever. My favourite circuit is Malaysia, where you can find all the features I like when I run, like fast and slow corners.
The head is fundamental to that success in life: at the highest level the small details can make a difference.
The rider's body and nutrition
When running, the rider produces adrenaline: he then activates his nervous system with a consequent increase in heart rate. It's very important
- and Dovizioso explained it to us when he came in Cesena
, some time ago - also the emotional component, which determines the increase in heart rate. In the World Championship there is a need to evolve, to work. And you have to have a lot of it, you have to be willing to work.
Andrea, like all motorcyclists, follows a diet to help his performance on the saddle: I eat whole foods when possible, but otherwise my diet is quite classic. Fruit, vegetables and fish are part of my daily diet. However, being from Romagna, I have a lot of favourite dishes and I particularly like all types of pasta, but lasagne are lasagne (laughs).
Dovizioso and the relationship with Petrucci