He became interested in racing from watching it on TV and his ambition is to race in MotoGP following his heroes Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa. He first rode a motorcycle in 2006 but does not think that his relatively short time on 2 wheels puts him at too much of a disadvantage, "I don't think it's a problem, I know that it will not be easy in the Rookies Cup though. I do have a lot to learn. I have been riding an RS125 Honda a bit at Brno and Jerez to help learn about the tracks and the GP bike and I will do a few IDM and CEV races this year in between the Rookies Cup rounds so I can get more track time." Away from motorcycling he enjoys mountain biking, swimming, skiing and snowboarding plus learning English at school. His father has had the learn about motorcycles as well as he was not a two wheel enthusiast before Deni started riding but has supported him and continues to work on his Rookies Cup bike.