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MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA AND DUCATI PARTNER TO OFFER SPECIAL FAN EXPERIENCE AND TICKET PACKAGE
Ducati enthusiasts across North America will flock to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round July 17-19, 2015. They will be cheering on their favorite Ducati riders and celebrating the third annual presentation of Ducati Island during this event. It is an entire world of Ducati located right in the middle of the race action between turns 2 and 3 of the world famous circuit.
“We have an incredible customer and loyal Ducati fan base that we want to share with them our world championship racing action,” says Arrick Maurice, marketing director of Ducati North America. “Our return to Monterey to share this thrilling experience is just one way Ducati provides ongoing excitement and passion for the brand.”
Mazda Raceway and Ducati have partnered to offer Ducatisti an incredible package for the World Superbike event which includes the following:
Three-day event admission and paddock access
VIP parking in the paved lakebed area
Grandstand seating (Turn 4)
Commemorative Ducati gift
Participation in the Ducati track walk
The opportunity to ride your motorcycle on the track during the Ducati parade lap (Friday, July 17)
The package price is just $179 per person.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Ducati,” says Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager. “They are dedicated to engaging and entertaining their fans with strong event activation. They seem to truly understand and appreciate their customers.”
Ducati riders can click here to purchase the Ducati special package or for more information about the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round go to www.MazdaRaceway.com or call the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ticket office at 831.242.8200.
Just because you are free to ride your motorcycle or scooter in the U.S. with hardly enough clothing for a beach party does not mean it’s a good idea. And just because riders in at least 30 states may legally ride without helmets, also does not make this recommended.
Gear comes styled for every kind of riding, at several price points, and designed more comfortably than ever. Aside from its obvious intent of protecting you in a crash, proper clothing and a helmet can actually reduce fatigue and improve your focus.
And whether you think it’s too hot out, or gear costs too much, or you just don’t feel like it – none of these are excuses not to protect yourself. How would those who care about you like it if you were hurt or killed? You owe it to them, and you owe it to yourself.
While some want to debate the merits of helmets and gear, when push comes to shove, riders know. Or ask any racer. He or she understands a crash could happen any time and what are they required to wear?
A helmet (and optional ear plugs) protects you from hearing loss, or being pelted by debris, insects, rain, hail, and it could one day save your life.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates helmets improve your odds by 37 percent. That is, for every 100 riders killed not wearing one, 37 riders could have lived had they all been wearing helmets.
There are several standards – U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Snell, and some European standards. While the Snell Foundation says its standard is superior, this is open to debate.
Based on several studies, we recommend at least the federally mandated DOT standard. Identified by a label on the back of the helmet, the DOT standard means the manufacturer says it will pass specific tests for impact protection, penetration, staying on your head, and more.
There are “half helmets,” partial coverage, and full face. A full face provides the most protection.
Jacket and pants
Well-designed rider clothing keeps you protected from windburn, sunburn, exhaust burns, and is a comfortable first line of defense.
Some riders wear a motorcycle jacket, but complete the outfit with street pants. Fact is, your legs are very vulnerable so why not protect them just as well?
In a crash, cotton dungarees tear through in less than one second. Shorts, khakis or sweat pants offer negligible safety value. Fashion leather may shred as instantly as cloth. If you choose leather, make sure it’s suitable for motorcycle use.
According to Dana Grindle, owner of Bates Custom Leathers in Signal Hill, Calif., while certain textiles can do a good job, especially when combined with built-in armor, high-tensile cowhide still offers the most abrasion resistance and tear-through strength.
For the heat of summer, manufacturers offer perforated leather or abrasion-resistant mesh. There are also several brands of textile jeans, if you absolutely don’t want the fully kitted look.
Whatever you wear, make sure it’s protective, said Rae Tyson, an experienced rider and NHTSA spokesman.
“Some of the worst crashes I’ve seen have been with people who fell off the motorcycle who were wearing short sleeves, or shorts, or a tank top, etc., and it’s not a pretty sight,” Tyson said, “Last time I checked your body was never designed for that.”
And Grindle concurred, adding motorcycle clothing can cost significant money, but if you crash once, you will not question whether it was worth it.
“Do you know what 20 mph does to your skin,” Grindle asked, “Oh my God, it can take it to the bone.”
This may sound dramatic, but she’s not kidding.
The skin covering your joints – knuckles, elbows, hips, knees, ankles, and shoulders – is especially easy to damage, and a crash can remove it, and even flesh, and healing can take a year or longer.
Built-in armor, or strapped-on armor under your clothing at these points is highly recommended!
Some gear comes with European-standard armor, rated “CE” level I (good), or level 2 (best).
Motorcycle clothing sold in the U.S. is not required to meet any certification, however. So be wary, but understand some premium American manufacturers have crash tested their armor and found it as good as or better than otherwise certified armor.
Boots and gloves
The hands and feet are intricate mechanisms made of many delicate bones. They can be crushed or broken far too easily. Boots should be heavy-duty leather with hard armor around the ankle, and ideally padding too. Leather gloves with long gauntlets should likewise have impact protection on the knuckles and palms, and even wrists.
Spend enough time researching and talk to your dealer (That's us!) and others about your options. There are many great choices available and you should never gamble with your safety.
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For those looking for more protection from their racing leathers, Dainese D-Air Racing suits are finally coming to the USA. Already bringing the technology in Europe last year, Dainese is set finally to bring the D-Air Racing technology to the USA, in September 2015.
Riders interested in the airbag-equipped leather suit have two options: 1) the top-of-the-line off-the-rack Misano D-Air cow leather suit ($2,499), or 2) the made-to-measure Mugello D-Air custom kangaroo leather suit (Price TBD).
This announcement represents the first airbag-equipped motorcycle race suits to go on sale in the USA (Alpinestars Tech-Air system is still not available, though the rival Italian brand is close to coming to market), and offers track riders the same level of protection as Dainese’s MotoGP riders, like Valentino Rossi.
It has been a long time coming for Dainese to make good on its initial “launch” of the D-Air technology to American riders, as the Italian company announced D-Air for the American market all the way back in January 2012 (Dainese has been working on D-Air since 2000, though announced it ready for market in 2012).
Addressing the delay to market, Dainese explained that the company had been weary of the litigious nature of the American consumer.
The Italian company also wanted to trial selling the airbag suits in Europe first, as the suits require special servicing after the airbag deploys, and European customers are physically closer to the Dainese’s Italian HQ.
With Dainese USA now ready to service the North American market locally, the rollout to the USA can now commence at full speed.
Many of the initial details about the D-Air Racing have remained since its initial announcement. The system is still a cold-fire deployment with four liters of air directly protecting the shoulders and collarbone, while indirectly also protecting neck roll by stabilizing the helmet via the shoulders.
It takes 45ms for the D-Air Racing to detect a crash is happening and to deploy its airbag. Airbag deployments will only occur when a rider highsides or has a lowside with a tumble. It will not inflate when a rider lowsides and simply slides down the track, or when the the rider is moving less than 50 km/h.
Teaming up with 2D, on-board telemetry is possible, and it is enabled via the D-Air Racing’s on-board GPS. The system syncs with Google Earth, and can show racing lines, braking points, acceleration data, speed, and of course lap times. It comes with 4GB of storage (up from the original 2GB), which should be more than enough to record a day at the track in telemetry.
The D-Air Racing has so far been the most protective racing suit and airbag racing suit at the Grand Prix level, with only one incident where a rider has broken their collarbone during a crash (Pol Espargaro). That level of safety bodes well, and Dainese’s certified tests show that D-Air Racing reduces the impact force 85% when compared to traditional shoulder armor (23kN vs. 3 kN).
Good for only one deployment, D-Air Racing owners will need to send their suit to Dainese after the airbag inflates. Accordingly, the cost of servicing an airbag deployment is $200, which includes ground shipping.
Owners can also opt for the Extended Service Package, which is good for an unlimited number of deployments over a two-year period. It costs $299. Both service levels will have a 3 to 4 business day turnaround.
Dainese hopes to bring its D-Air Street to the US market in 2016, and the company is slowly adding OEMs to its list of partners who will build bikes that are D-Air Street sensor equipped.
Dainese hopes to also have an add-on system, for legacy motorcycle owners, though it’s not clear when that will be available to the public, since proper installation is critical to its operation.
Source: Dainese Via Asphalt & Rubber
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