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Revolutionary Dainese airbag called into action

Revolutionary Dainese airbag called into action

This morning saw an historic moment in the world of motorcycle safety, as for the first time footage was captured of a new airbag system being inflated during a World Championship practice session.

This morning saw an historic moment in the world of motorcycle safety, as for the first time footage was captured of a new airbag system being inflated during a World Championship practice session.

Simone Grotzky was the unfortunate pioneer of Daineses D-air race system when he took a tumble in the final 125cc free practice session. The new feature worked perfectly for the rider; an important development for the company who have spent ten years bringing the project to fruition. The first rider to take advantage of the device was Marco Simoncelli yesterday.

The system is independent of the bike, and fits into the back of the riders leathers. Grotzky, Simoncelli and Michael Ranseder currently utilise D-air technology, although it is hoped that in the near future all Dainese riders will be equipped with the system.

The airbag is inflated according to data acquired by an electronic device also attached to the riders normal safety equipment, automatically calling the airbag into action through a pyrotechnic-inert gas hybrid generator in less than 40 milliseconds. Once inflated, the rider is protected by 37 litres of air spread across the upper chest, shoulders and neck. After a crash or a slide, the airbag can be quickly removed to allow for a swift return to riding.

A complete guide to the system, given by Lerrj Piaza from Dainese, will be the feature of an upcoming edition of the MotoGP Channel.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA

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