Alpinestars Tech-Air protection system assists riders

Friday, 21 March 2014

Alpinestars has introduced the latest evolution of its Tech-Air electronic, wireless, airbag system into the MotoGP World Championship.

It is the only rider airbag system in racing that offers extended protection, covering the shoulders, full back, torso sides and hips with a unique one-piece airbag design.

The result of on-going research and development, since Alpinestars commenced its rider airbag protection project over twelve years ago, sees all Alpinestars’ MotoGP™ riders equipped with an airbag that is now eight times greater in volume than the previous generation.

This new airbag design, in development for two years, has resulted in a compact, ultra-lightweight and entirely self-contained safety system that offers the most advanced and comprehensive protection possible.

Comments on the new Tech-Air Technology, Dani Pedrosa said, “The new suit I am using for the 2014 Championship has been re-designed to include the specially developed new airbag system which provides more protection coverage; from the shoulders down to the ribs and even down over the hips. I started using the new system in testing last year at Valencia and the feeling, comfort and flexibility has been improved with the new suit design. Overall I feel it is a clear step forward.”

Marc Marquez added, “The new airbag is comfortable and no different in feeling to the last one, even though it is bigger. It is also good that the weight feels the same and there's more protection so I'm happy with the development.”

Meanwhile Cal Crutchlow enthused, “The technology is impressive and gives me more confidence but, hopefully, I will not have to put it to the test. Alpinestars are always at the forefront when it comes to new technologies and adapting to this new airbag suit has been easy, especially considering the safety benefits it offers.”

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