GERMANY 2009 GRAND PRIX RACE: D-AIR USED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A MOTOGP RACE
20 July 2009 | News
The Grand Prix race in Germany was the setting for another fundamental step in the evolution of the D-Air Project. For the very first time, one racer in each cc category wore a suit equipped with the innovative air bag for motorcycle riders: the D-Air Racing.
After trying the system’s latest version, Jorge Lorenzo used it during both practice and the race itself. Thomas Luethi and Michi Ranseder did the same thing.
During Saturday’s warm ups, Luethi was given the opportunity to check the system’s protective capacity when he suffered a highside caused by the track’s slippery surface. The D-Air opened up instantly and saved the Swiss racer from more serious injury.
Ranseder also suffered a fall during a race, fortunately not a violent spill, as documented by the D-Air telemetry analysis, and in this case the D-Air did not open. This only goes to show that the system has been refined to the extent that it can even decide whether to open up or not by itself.
Marco Simoncelli dominated the weekend’s racing and won in the 250 class wearing his D-Air suit during the test laps, while Valentino Rossi requested further modifications to the size of the suit that will let him wear it all the time.