How to choose racing equipment?
So, we have to choose racing moto equipment. I already talked about how to learn to ride a motorcycle – this can be done with a minimum crew (helmet, for example). But if you are ready to go to the track for training practice ( did you print out a list of the Top 27 most necessary things for motorcycle training? ) Or participate in races, you should choose the right motorcycle racer’s crew.
As in any business, you need to know the important details and some chips. I will try to put everything in order so that everything becomes clear. Well, if you have questions, then write in the comments, I will definitely answer every one! Go! Let’s start with the most important thing:
The very thing that you should not spare money. Today, almost every helmet manufacturing company has a top model for the track. Certainly, this is a full-face helmet with racing homologation. The most important thing is to choose the size (however, as in all other paragraphs below). The helmet must sit very tight on the head.
Pay attention, for example, to MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo: from the outside, it seems that the helmet is small for him, although this is not at all (and it seemed so when Jorge collaborated with both HJC and Shark this year).
Do not forget about the ventilation holes on the helmet (before buying a helmet, check if there are enough of them). During check-in, sweat can drain on the forehead and get into the eyes – concentration is lost. This happened to me with Suomy and Schuberth helmets this season. If the second one just doesn’t have enough airflow, then Suomy air vents are located in places that are not convenient for me: Moto3 is a “compact” bike and I often touch the front cowl during the races and accidentally close the ventilation – that’s why Suomy is not suitable for tall riders in small categories . And for example, in Scorpion-EXO, Arai, and Shark, I did not have such problems and I was satisfied in all respects. Also, when choosing a helmet, pay attention to visibility. You should be able to see everything – from the left edge of the track to the right, from tidy to the end straight. Put on your helmet and accept the folded position (imagine that you are driving in a straight line) and look up, that is, forward: the upper part of the helmet should not block the view. I advise you to immediately buy spare visors for the helmet. You should have two dark and one translucent/transparent (for different weather conditions).
I advise you to buy gloves from well-known, high-quality manufacturers (in order to avoid cases when you run into such “disposable” items for a small price). Take top racing models. Alpinestars GP Pro are some of the best in my experience. Such gloves can withstand several falls and do not deform over time (as, for example, I had a case with GMOTO – gloves quickly dried up and deformed. As a result, they had to be thrown out ahead of time). Racing gloves must be exactly right, convenient and comfortable when driving a bike.
Alpinestars GP Pro gloves are some of the best in my experience. Motorcycles from Alpinestars have never let me down. After I got acquainted with Alpinestars products while participating in the MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Cup World Championship, to this day I prefer to go in collaboration with this company.
The same principle: well-known companies, top racing models. Try to choose high-quality bots, for example, Alpinestars – they have never failed me. Personally, I don’t like it when there are fasteners on bots “like the sea”, as, for example, SIDI’s, despite being one of the best brands. It is long and dreary to wear/remove such bots, as well as a high probability that some of the fasteners will break in case of a fall (I had this with AXO). Again, when choosing a bot, it is important to exactly get into your size – just right, so that the leg does not hang out and “sits” tightly. If the size of the motorboat is chosen incorrectly, the feeling of switching speeds and the rear brake is dulled, and if the bots fall, they do not protect and you can injure your toes and feet.
MotoGP’s Bradley Smith has been preferring Sidi motorbikes for years in a row, despite the abundant number of fasteners inherent in them. And he rides in them not only during the royal races but also during training.
If all the previous things can be chosen according to their overall sizes, then the jumpsuit is sewn personally (ideally). If this is not possible, then buy a used jumpsuit from a person with parameters similar to yours. The overalls should sit tight, especially in the elbow and knee joints, so that the built-in protection does not move in the event of a fall. As well as gloves, it is better to buy jumpsuits made of high-quality, thick leather that can withstand many falls. Models are an order of magnitude cheaper often, again, they may turn out to be “disposable” – their seams diverge more easily, holes appear even, it would seem, with insignificant drops. Remember that a long stay in equipment on a motorcycle should not cause discomfort. The hump on the back is a must. The final trick is AIRBAG. This is an airbag that opens during a strong fall and you turn into. They say that in such a pillow none of the MotoGP pilots has yet broken a collarbone (and this injury is one of the most common on the ring). So far in everyday training, this chip is not used, but it is a matter of time.
In the FIM Junior Moto3 World Championship, we chose Revit jumpsuits. Custom-made at the factory in the Netherlands, the jumpsuit is very comfortable, soft and almost weightless (compared to the same Alpinestars). But it “withstands” the fall much worse (Alpinestars is almost indestructible – I don’t get out of it during training).
Do not forget about protecting your back (“turtle”) – this is an obligatory element in the equipment of a motorcycle racer. Many still use breast protection (sometimes it is one integral element with the “tortoise”). This is a small foam rubber “softener” (sometimes with plastic inserts), under which there is a special pocket in overalls. Breast protection softens the shock when falling, which falls on the ribs and lungs. Usually, they put it on in the last turn and immediately fasten the zipper of the jumpsuit.
I always drive in it. Pleasant and more convenient. Quite often you can observe when MotoGP riders don’t put on thermal underwear. There is a simple explanation for this – for each race, they have prepared new overalls and they are not asked to be washed. They can afford it, but so far we have not, so I advise everyone to use thermal underwear to make their life easier.