Lichfield British Superbike star ensures he’s fighting fit for the new season

Gary Mason in training

Gary Mason in training

Lichfield racer Gary Mason has been using a martial arts training regime to prepare himself for the new British Superbike season.

The 2009 Privateers Cup winner has been getting himself in shape for the gruelling schedule ahead with his new MSS Colchester Kawasaki team by visiting the Ultimate Training Centre in Erdington, Birmingham, where he has been put through endurance training and martial arts sparring to get him in the best physical shape.

Gary’s trainer Vaughan Lee is a renowned cage fighter, mixed martial arts combatant and instructor who will be fighting on the Saturday of BSB Round 1 at Brands Hatch and will hopefully be in the paddock unscathed to support his new charge on race day!

The Lichfield racer explained the reasoning behind his unusual winter schedule:

“I’ve really been put through the mill over the winter with a sustained programme of endurance from some of the toughest people I’ve ever met down at the UTC. I’ve also learned some important techniques from these guys like using full focus at times of crisis and also how to recover and bounce back quickly. They have to come back from injuries all the time whilst fast recovery from accidents is so important in our sport. It’s pointless moaning about the weather, if anything it’s made me more determined in the gym and I just can’t wait for the season to begin!”

Trainer Vaughan added:

“It’s been interesting working with Gary as we’ve concentrated on keeping him light for the bike and built up his grip strength, core and endurance, so he should be one of the fittest guys on the grid. He’s a good ambassador for the gym and his racing background means he listens and puts things to immediate use. We’re all behind him and will try and get to as many races as possible.”

The 2010 MCE British Superbike Championship will require focus, determination and endurance as a line-up of top stars battle over 12 rounds and a total of 26 races.

The MSS Colchester Kawasaki squad is now heading to Guadix, Spain where Superbike riders Gary will join stable-mate Simon Andrews to put the new Magneti Marelli electronics-equipped Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R through its paces.

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