Just Like Riding a Bicycle

MotoGP stars turn the pedals into fitness

valentino rossi with his bicycle
Valentino RossiCourtesy of Yamaha Motor Co Ltd.

MotoGP racing requires intense mental and physical strength. Manhandling a 350-pound machine capable of 240 horsepower on serpentine tracks all around the world from March through November requires world-class fitness. With a season stretching from the first winter test through the final round in Valencia, most of the 23 riders of the 2017 premier class roster use bicycling to keep in tip-top shape. Known for decades to be ideal for developing endurance, increased lung capacity and lean muscle, bicycling as cross training has bolstered the results of several top riders. And new bicycle technology (power/wattage meters) allows riders to push their limits in their quest for the podium.

Using Instagram accounts as our resource, we scoured posts to determine who was cycling for fitness. The only riders who don't ride (or choose to keep their pedaling a secret) are Johann Zarco, Karel Abraham, Andrea Iannone, Tito Rabat and Valentino Rossi. The Doctor's Yamaha Racing Data Engineer Matteo Flamigni's passion for cycling is so strong we included him on the list. His Instagram numbers aren't too shabby either! He also gets bonus points for riding with Texas GP legend Kevin Schwantz last year:

Let us know if you’re a motorcycle-riding cyclist, and your favorite roads (or trails) to ride!