De Puniet pleased to train with Demaria
15 February 2010 – Randy de Puniet elected not to enlist the services of a personal trainer throughout the 2009 season but instead decided to join off-track forces with compatriot Yves Demaria, a close friend and triple MX3 motocross World Champion.
The French duo began a non-official partnership by allowing each other's performances to spur the other on last season, with a regular routine of mental and physical exercises which differ depending upon the man in question.
"Yves is a very good friend and I respect his incredible career," explained LCR Honda rider de Puniet, who is ten years Demaria's junior. "When I decided to work with him, people thought it was a strange partnership - I could have enlisted a real personal trainer or a former Grand Prix rider - but I knew that Yves could support me in the right way.
"He is thick-skinned, like all the MX riders, and would be able to teach me how to improve my concentration and skills on the bike. Considering that every Grand Prix rider usually practices motocross, Yves was the right choice for me!"
"Compared to an MX rider, a MotoGP rider needs less physical training," Demaria added. "For the Grands Prix, you have to work on being supple and not too muscular. For the MX competitions, you have to become physically strong, powerful and you must train a lot on the bike. In my opinion, to be at the top level in every sport you must have a good physical condition and an extremely healthy lifestyle.
"Then you have to add good training, a healthy diet and sleep, but the most important thing is that you have to make a lot of sacrifices!"