Inside the MotoGP Racing Suit
MotoGP is the most prestigious two-wheeled racing on this earth, high-class skills, the latest technology is presented to attract the attention of the audience. Behind the excitement of the race between racers, racers also need security to protect their body.
Wearpack or racing suit used by Moto GP racers is certainly not just any ordinary standard wearpack and certainly the embedded by highest technology. Just imagine that in high atmospheric temperatures and high levels of stress pressure it forces drivers to accelerate their motorbikes faster and faster to bend at high speeds around corners.
Until in these conditions of course the racer will be vulnerable to accidents whether it crashes when conquering the bend or when the action overtake each other and others. Certainly the racers are not stupid humans, they are just ordinary human beings with god skills who try to minimize the risks that exist. With only a few centimeters from the asphalt where the body and the driver’s head must be protected “perfectly”. Wearpack or racing suit must be designed in such a way as to be able to withstand the collisions or friction that arises when the racer hits the asphalt circuit. Likewise with helmets, which protect the vital parts of humans with the god’s skills. The development of racing gear cannot be separated from the role of the drivers who contribute a lot of input to the racing gear industry.
The early generation still used a separate racing suit in the form of a jacket and pants at this time the driver’s safety side was not yet an important priority speeding and speeding became the fastest. Then developed a one piece model wearpack and the first time the wearer was the British racer Geoff Duke and the material used used kangaroo skin because it was flexible, strong and lightweight compared to other skin types. After that continue into the era of like Kenny Roberts Sr. Then Gary Nixon, Giacomo Agostini and Barry Sheene also contributed greatly to the development of motorcycle racer wearpack.
During the Kenny Robert Sr. With the rear wheel steering racing technique and its racing style lowering the knee as a counterweight when cornering is seen as an extreme racing style, it requires the wearpack manufacturer to add a knee slider as a knee pad to protect against asphalt. Furthermore, bikers, of course, are familiar with the hump on the upper back of the Moto GP racers. Aerodynamic hump or known as aerodynamics humps was pioneered by Barry Sheene. Only the way Barry Sheene was extreme at that time. Just imagine Barry Sheene using a helmet that has not been used to tuck on the back of his racing suit.
Innovation also continues to develop until now and of course the drivers in the current era also contributed a lot to the development of wearpack. Imagine the race on the track with a leather wearpack across about 20 laps in one race.
Moto GP wearpack technology at this time on the chest, spine and hump is equipped with carbon kevlar material then the shoulder shoulders, shin, elbows and knees also use protective carbon kevlar that uses titanium material for example in Dainese wearpack.
The wearpack is also equipped with AC as a coolant during the race. The cooling system is in the form of a body temperature regulator circuit which is in direct contact with the racer’s skin. This technology uses a flow of gel-cooled water with battery power and a micro-sized pump which is again placed inside the hump. The surface of the vest itself is equipped with sensors to record physical information data when the driver is active such as pressure points, gravity loads, heart rates, to the impact of accidents, which is useful for the development of wearpack in the future.
On 2007 an airbag system was developed in the GP Moto GP wearpack and continues to grow to this day. Airbags on Wearpack, of course, to minimize the Moto GP racer when it crashes on the track. The airbag system on the Moto GP wearpack is equipped with a typical sensor for each driver. This technology is the same logic as the airbag system on a car. In cars, airbags will automatically expand when an accident occurs to protect the driver of a collision car. The way the airbags technology works in a racing wearpack is similar to a car, but the advantages of the airbags in the moto GP racer wearpack will expand when the sensory chip detects a crash. In the moto gp racer wearpack, the location of the airbag is mainly at the base of the neck to protect the racer from neck bone injuries and direct impact on the head. There are 3 main body parts that get extra protection from wearpacks and airbags. The shoulders, neck and collarbone are the body parts of racers who are vulnerable to injury when falling from a motorcycle. However, there are also a number of manufacturers who make airbags to the back to secure the spine.
For example Dainese wearpack products claim that their D-Air technology can react in just 0.015 seconds with a perfect development time of 0.030 seconds.
For protective badang itself is found in the chest, spine, arms, elbows, knees and shins. The protector material can be from carbon kevlar or from titanium depending on the manufacturer. Usually the ones from titanium will spark fire if they are jammed with asphalt. In the racer section there is also a sliding pad that is useful so that the racer’s feet don’t rub against the asphalt directly.
In addition to being obliged to protect racers from risks during incidents, wearpacks must also be comfortable to wear when used so as not to interfere with the racer’s movements and reduce the racer’s concentration on asphalt. To support the comfort of the drivers implanted some of these parts, namely:
When seen with the naked eye, the racing suit of MotoGP racers is so thick and heavy that it makes us think whether the racer is not hot? Yup, indeed racers also feel the heat and heat when wearing their racing clothes, especially when racing on circuits with high temperatures. To outsmart this, wearpack manufacturers embed cooling systems in several parts. also equipped with an ultra light battery and a small pump to provide air flow on a racing suit.
2. Drinking place
Racing with a long period of time will make the driver dehydrated, then made a drinking place that is on the back of the racer, complete with his water hose.
Electronic devices are also implanted in racing suits precisely on the back or hump wearpack. There contains an electronic device that is useful for activating the air bag.