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BMW SBK’s Melandri: Husqvarna Training

2012 World Superbike Prep

The World Superbike Championship not only challenges the overall shape of a rider’s body, but also the mind.

And one way BMW Motorrad’s newest rider, Marco Melandri, stays in shape both physically and mentally is through off-season training aboard two wheels.

But not on the street; the 29-year-old Italian who signed with BMW Motorrad for the 2012 World Superbike Championship stays fit aboard a Husqvarna TC250 motocross bike.

Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad World Superbike) says: “It is the best way to train my concentration. In the gym you can chat with other people or think about other things. On a bike, however, you have to remain focused. While the test ban is in place during the winter, riding an off-road bike is the best opportunity to practice this.”

During the off-season, the 2002 250cc MotoGP Champion can not only be found regularly raining aboard the Husqvarna, he also uses the bike for leisure.

Marco Melandri says: “I ride a lot, almost every week. I like riding with friends, mainly just to have fun. We find nice routes, enjoy the views and stop somewhere for lunch. I really enjoy riding the bike. I love it. It is perfect for me – it is easy to ride. I also like the fact that it does not have a kick-starter, but an electric start, as I am quite small.”

Melandri’s first outing on the BMW S1000RR Superbike will be Feb. 21-22 at Phillip Island, Australia, where the first of 14 rounds on the 2012 World Superbike calendar occurs Feb. 26.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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