Buckler 0.0 Forum discusses safety wear development

Friday, 2 July 2010

Toni Elías and Alex Crivillé were amongst the specialists who gave their views in a meeting on Friday at the Circuit de Catalunya, which was held to discuss the latest protection wear for motorcyclists.

The second Buckler 0.0 Forum on Responsible Driving in MotoGP, an initiative to promote the importance of safe riding, was attended by Toni Elías, Jeremy Appleton (Director of Communications for Alpinestars), Estanis Soler (Race Director for the Catalunya GP), Doctor Angel Villamor and former World Champion Alex Crivillé on Friday.

Those present at the meeting, held at the Circuit de Catalunya, discussed the progress of safety wear used by motorcyclists in the past ten years as they evaluated the development of boots, gloves, helmets and back protectors amongst other items.

“Obviously the materials now are completely different to those used before. Certainly if I had been using the gloves available now when I had my crash at Assen my injury would have not have been as bad as it was,” said Crivillé, who is an Ambassador for the initiative.

Jeremy Appleton of Alpinestars explained that the use of materials such as double density polyurethane which is used to strengthen shoulder, elbow and knee contact areas, and the introduction of new boots which are reinforced with a more rigid biomechanic interior, have resulted in a superior level of safety wear for riders which has translated to the products made available to users on the road. Appleton also spoke about the electronic airbag developed by Alpinestars which has been introduced to the World Championship.

Both Elías and Crivillé emphasised the importance of wearing suitable safety gear whenever riding. “It’s always important to remember the open road is not a circuit,” said the Moto2 star.

The Buckler 0.0 Forum on Responsible Driving in MotoGP began in May at the Gran Premio bwin de España at Jerez and is held at every Spanish GP.

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