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Dainese happy with airbag

When Jorge Lorenzo suffered a near highside in the early stages of the Valencia MotoGP season finale, the violent movement prompted his Dainese airbag system within his leathers to inflate - even though he kept control.

After the race Lorenzo mentioned that he had been distracted by the airbag, but a post-race analysis by Dainese found that the airbag had deployed and deflated exactly as it should have - and that Lorenzo had only lost 0.6-0.7sec in the incident.

Unlike at Brno, when the airbag remained inflated long after Lorenzo had fallen, this time it deflated as planned within 20 seconds of being deployed - allowing the Fiat Yamaha rider to race on to third place.

Turning to whether the airbag should have been deployed in the first place, Dainese insists it was right to inflate - even though the airbag 'trigger point' was exceeded by less than 1% - saying that the yaw of Lorenzo's bike was 'sharp and abrupt' and that it was only the Spaniard's 'enormous talent' that stopped an accident occurring.

When presented with the data, Lorenzo stated that he was 'more willing than ever' to continue developing the airbag system.

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November 20, 2009 9:26 PM
Last Edited 2801 days ago

Go for it Dainese, It does not matter how much development work has to be done in real race situations and with the media looking on. It's worth it if it prevents another Wayne Rainey or Kato


November 21, 2009 9:14 AM

We seem to have had this discussion before. If you reduce the threat of sudden death or life destroying injury, you do take away some of the awe factor. On the other hand, if the riders know they can usually come off with minimal harm or none at all, they can and will push harder, more of the time, and explore the limits of what's physically possible in a far more adventurous and spectacular fashion. In most ways, it makes for better racing. Being able to ride that way more of the time allows the art to develop more quickly, both the skill sets and techniques of the riders, and the engineering of the machines. You may not want that but I do.

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