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Dainese's guide to MotoGP leathers

Dainese's guide to MotoGP leathers

Dainese's guide to MotoGP leathers

Dainese are one of the main manufacturers of levers for the World Championship, providing the first line of defence for riders from crashes and slides. The Italian factory look to design the most ergomically viable protection for their riders in MotoGP and the lower cylinder classes.

Matteo Molon, one of Dainese's representatives, gave a rundown of the leathers used by the pros.


The leathers of World Championship riders is mostly made of kangaroo skin, which is more resistant and flexible than normal cow leather. It also weighs less, one of the crucial small details that aid a rider in MotoGP.

For comfort, some parts of the suit are made of D-Stone, Dainese's patented material that guarantees strong resistance and elasticity. Outer protection uses kevlar, carbon and titanium, whilst inside and on the back, elbows and knees we use a compound material.


The latest development has been our work with Valentino Rossi, who uses a new titanium back protector and specially designed gloves. The composition of the material is like a sandwich, with two layers of titanium encasing a combination of kevlar and carbon. It adapts itself perfectly to the movement of the rider's back once onboard the bike, and we never stop searching for lighter and more protective fabrics for this purpose.

The weight of a Grand Prix rider's leathers varies in relation to their size but, to give you a rough idea, Dani Pedrosa's weighs around 3kg, whereas Valentino Rossi's is slightly heavier at 3.5kg.

The main area we look to protect is the spinal column. Dainese collaborated with Barry Sheene in the 70's to focus on increasing the safety for the back. We added the hump, which was a tremendous breakthrough, and also an aerodynamic helmet that stabliises the head position and allows the rider to gain up to 3CV of power on a 300kph straight.

MotoGP, 2007

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