Jimmy Albertson Honda CRF450R - Round 9 at Kegums Latvia - Photo courtesy Honda Pro Racing
Interim Report - 2010 MX1 World Championship
Honda Racing MX Martin Rider Jimmy Albertson Steps It Up for A Strong Season Finish
Honda racing MX Martin rider Jimmy Albertson is stepping up his training regime in the 3 week break in World Championship competition. After an inconsistent season so far – plagued with injury and misfortune – the likeable Missourian is now focusing on getting his physical conditioning back to the level it needs to be to compete at the highest level of the sport and is set on improving his results in the season run-in.
After bad injuries sustained in Bellpuig, Spain and then subsequently at his home Grand Prix in Glen Helen, USA, ‘Albee’ (as he is affectionately known in the paddock) has been unable to maintain a consistent training regime, effecting recent results. The American – in his rookie year in the World Championship – has consistently shown good speed in practice and at the start of motos but has been unable to maintain this speed throughout the racing weekend and realise his full potential in the overall classification.
During the July break Albee has ramped up efforts with Pro MX Trainer, John van den Berk, with whom he has been working throughout the year. They have tweaked the physical training program in a push to raise Albertson’s fitness levels and finally shake of the niggling injuries he has been carrying for most of the season. Former two-time World Champion, John van den Berk runs the famous Pro MX Training Academy and is accustomed to putting riders through their paces to get the best out of them. He is pushing the Martin Honda rider to his limit and beyond. Only time will tell, but Albee is certainly pulling out all the stops in a quest to make his mark on the MX1 World Championship before the season end.
Fellow Martin Honda rider in the MX2 class, Alessandro Battig, is also on the road to recovery, following an injury received at the French GP in St Jean d’Angely a little over a month ago. The young Italian – also in his debut year in the World Championship – has missed three back-to-back rounds in Germany, Latvia and Sweden and is now rearing to get back to competition on the world stage.
Jimmy Albertson Honda CRF450R - Round 8 Teutschenthal Germany - Photo courtesy Honda Pro Racing
Jimmy Albertson Honda CRF450R - Round 10 at Uddevalla Sweden - Photo courtesy Honda Pro Racing
Honda Racing MX Martin:
“During the whole time I was injured I didn't really get to train or ride so I could not improve week to week and trying to ride hurt is never fun either.
I lost a lot of physical conditioning and this affected my stamina. I'm getting back to 100% health now so it feels really good to be able to train hard on and off the bike during the week.
I am going to step things up with John in the 3 week break and really push myself. I aim to come back stronger than I’ve been all year and show what I’ve got in the remainder of the season.”
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