Alex’ obsession with racing began at the tender age of three and a half when his father bought him his first mini-bike after attending an event at a local motocross track in Mindelheim. Alex quickly became interested in motocross, having raced in his teens and progressed through 125 and 250cc, capturing the European title in 1998. Alex relied heavily on the support of his family throughout this period:
Financially it’s not easy getting into the sport and I think without support of the family there would be no Valentino Rossi, no Nicky Hayden - they wouldn’t be where they are now. There is no backbone for our sport. You have to be young and you really have to have the will to do it.
Alex began riding MotoGP in 2002 and quickly got used to the thrills and spills that come alongside racing in one of motorsport’s most competitive Championships:
All those slides you see on television where people almost crash and go sideways and everybody goes “OOoooh” - the racer himself (as soon as the bike is online again), gets back on pace and his heart rate probably doesn’t even go up. You get so used to it and its normal, that’s pretty much your job. You’re always riding on the edge, at the limit, and you’re always risking a crash so you get used to it.
Still, even as a retired ex-professional working in his current role as a German T.V. commentator and PUMA Motorsport pundit, it may surprise many to learn that Alex doesn’t actually have a motorcycle at home!
People go out there and buy these unbelievable super bikes you can buy these days with almost 200 horse power and no weight. Looking at it, you can’t get any faster on the streets - to buy a car like that you’d have to spend half a million Euros to be even close on performance, so for the streets I’m honest and it’s something I would never buy. It’s like riding on a race horse in a little garden... it’s just too much.
For the average motorcycle enthusiast, Alex recommends going on a track day to truly get the feel of competition racing in a safe setting:
There are so many good motorcycle tracks and there are little races and that’s where people should invest in because it is dangerous and it’s never going to be different; on a racetrack people try to make it serious and have fun and it’s much safer than riding on any road and that would be my biggest advice - go on race tracks and do amateur racing, but please don’t do it on the road, because it’s just a question of time before it’s gonna go wrong.
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