“Fitness is very important, but what goes in your head is even more so” – Aleix Espargaro

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Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) spoke openly about the importance of mental health for MotoGP riders.

It has been an interesting and solid start to the season for Espargaro, with a fourth place in the opening of the calendar in Qatar and a ninth place in the final race in Indonesia. The Aprilia rider is in seventh position in the World Championship, with twenty points acquired so far.

Quoted by Speedweek, the runner does not hide the importance of the mental aspect for all those involved in sport:

– I worked with psychologists and mental coaches from the beginning. Especially in the early years of the World Championship, it was very important for me to be able to better assess my own options. When I took part in my first world championship event, I was only 15 years old. Working with psychologists and physiotherapists also gave me a new impetus in 2018 and 2019. There are always phases where doubts arise or things just don’t go in the desired direction. It is therefore extremely important to have the right people on our side, who do their job professionally. These people will help you see things from a different perspective and guide you in new directions when they feel you need to change something in your life to keep you on track with your goals.

The rider even considers that the mental aspect is more important than the physical condition: “Fitness plays a very important role in our sport, but what goes through your head is even more important. Many cannot even imagine how much mental strength can be acquired. I feel like I’m still motivated and I think I’m in good shape to be able to race for another year or two. I think I will make a decision on my future in the 2022 season”.

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