KTM has issued a fine and a warning to its own factory motocross racer Jeffrey Herlings for “certain behavioral issues” from the past two MX2 World Championship rounds. Herlings currently leads the MX2 World Championship standings, winning five of seven rounds including eight of 14 motos. KTM did not specify exactly what Herlings did, but […]
Dainese Reveals D-Air Racing Thorax
Dainese has revealed a new version of its airbag protection system for racers that adds protection to a rider’s chest named the D-Air Thorax. Like the D-Air Street, the Thorax uses an airbag that inflates upon a collision to protect the collarbone and torso, but has a more ergonomic design to suit a racer’s compact riding posture. The shoulder protection has also changed from the original D-Air Racing design, covering more of the shoulders’ sides as well as the collarbone area.
The D-Air Thorax uses an advanced electronic and pneumatic system with a larger-capacity gas generator than the original D-Air to better maintain inflation pressure after an impact. Dainese claims its airbag technology inflates in just 45 milliseconds and absorbs 85% of the force of impact.
MotoGP racers such as Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi helped test the original D-Air Racing suit in actual racing conditions, and for the new D-Air Thorax, Dainese turned to Luis Salom who currently leads the Moto3 World Championship. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider has already put the airbag to the test with a couple of highside crashes this season and sounds impressed with the new design.
“The first time that I tried the D-air Racing it was at Jerez 2011,” says Salom. “I’m now happy to use the new D-air as you can feel more protection not only on the shoulders but on the thorax as well. The safety feeling is definitely higher.”
Dainese says the D-Air Thorax is only the first of a new generation of pneumatic and electronic systems under development.