An airbag system for racers, developed by Dainese, was put to the test on Saturday at Valencia when Simone Grotzkyj crashed during a 125 practice session.
The Dainese D-air is a portable airbag worn by the rider and equipped with electronics in a compartment which takes the place of the traditional hump on the back of the rider’s leathers. Sensors tell the system when to inflate the system with 37 litres of air – which takes about a twenty-fifth of a second!
Dainese invested 10 years of develop in the system, which is designed to protect the shoulders, collarbone, and neck of a rider. Dainese is working a model for street riders. Grotzky’s airbag, incidentally, did its job perfectly.
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