2011 Superbike Prep
BMW Motorrad Motorsport works riders Troy Corser (AUS) and Leon Haslam (GBR) work on their physical preparation for the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship.
This week, the superbike riders are at the BMW fitness camp at Stephanskirchen (GER), where they are joined by Team BMW Motorrad Italia SBK riders, James Toseland (GBR) and Ayrton Badovini (ITA), and BMW enduro rider, Simo Kirssi (FIN).
This week’s BMW fitness program includes not only medical evaluation, different gymnastic exercises, reaction time exercises, weight lifting, mountain biking and free climbing, but also sports psychological training and German lessons.
At the end of the week, every superbike rider will get a personal fitness and diet plan, so they can individually continue the physical preparation during the next three to four months.
Dr. Vincenzo Tota (team doctor who guides the BMW fitness camp) says: "Basically, we are looking for a complete fitness training. So, for example, we are doing some mountain biking as an aerobic training, or climbing as an exercise for specific muscles."
"While climbing, you use calves and forearms, like you do on the bike. And you also train your balance. With the weight lifting, we increase the power of the muscles. But in order to also improve stamina and resistance, we do not go for big weights, but for a lot of repetitions with small weights."
"All the superbike riders are in very good shape. The only one who was here last year is Troy, and we can see that his physical condition has improved enormously from last year to this year. The other riders who have been tested are also in very good shape."
"One of the targets of the fitness camp is to bring the riders together in another environment than the paddock. Of course, we will not make them friends, but they will respect each other, and that’s what we achieved here."
Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Superbike) says: "The fitness camp is good fun, but at the same time pretty tough. My stomach really hurts, as we have worked out a lot with exercises for our abdominal muscles."
"We have done a Cooper test and my fitness level is already quite good compared to the kids, who are about ten years younger than me. I enjoyed the rock climbing most of all. It is about speed, agility and pre anticipation. We all get along together very well and we have great fun. I am now looking forward to our next test in Jerez next week which I am about to go to."
Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Superbike) says: "The atmosphere at the fitness camp is really great. I also enjoyed the climbing most of all. We even had to wear our racing helmets while doing it, and this was something completely new for me. The intention was to limit the view and to reduce the oxygen supply."
"As usual, at this time of the season my fitness is at its lowest level, but I am still very satisfied, as my test results are very good. Now I am looking forward to the forthcoming superbike tests in Jerez and Portimão."