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Pol Espargaró analyses his MotoGP gear

Planet Biker 25 November, 2014

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We are here at the Motocard Dainese Store in Barcelona and we’re going to film a video about motorbike gear, but today we’re going to do something different, and that something is going to be a very well-known person from the competition world...

– Pol Espargaró, welcome

– Hello, How are you doing?

– Pol, since you first started out as a rider, did you ever imagine that the protection level of the gear would reach the levels it has today?

– No, not at all. Not me or anybody in this world. A few years ago to think that we might end up using an airbag inside the suit was crazy, unimaginable. And now we’re adding it to more and more parts of the body. We already have it in all the upper part, and they’re being developed for the rib area and, for those of us competing, that fall quite often, it’s a great step forward, but for those that use it on the streets, it’ll be even greater.

– Not sure if you know, but Motocard, for some time now has been making videos where we inform our users about the characteristics of the gear that they can find on the market. And seeing as you’re here, we couldn’t let this opportunity get away of having you analyse the elements that you use in maximum competition. So, here we have your gloves, boots and the AGV Pista GP helmet. Let’s start with the Dainese Full Metal gloves…What can you tell us about them?

– The main thing about all the gear is that it has to be lightweight. And for it to be lightweight, the leather has to be good. Normally, we have a problem, which is that when we use gloves for the first time, these are a bit rigid. And what really helps this is that the leather is good, flexible, like in the boots and the gloves and that it be lightweight.

The most important thing that riders often suffer when falling, is that our hand gets caught underneath and the first thing to get hooked is the little finger. In this glove this finger is very protected, with carbon inside but also we don’t lose any flexibility in the finger, which is very important…With the carbon protections, which is the first thing to touch the floor, on the asphalt, and above all the titanium, the material with the carbon, that is more resistant than the carbon, which breaks when it hits the asphalt, and burns, but not the titanium. Therefore titanium is what we need for when we slide across the track, which should wear down but not burn, then it’ll work well.

– Let’s move on to the Dainese Axial Pro, the boots you use for MotoGP. What can you tell us?

– Here sensitivity is very important. For example, in Motocross, sensitivity is a bit limited in the motocross boots, they are being constantly improved but we need a lot of sensitivity in the foot, in order to control the gears, as we have to be very precise. From the first instant we use these boots, they work perfectly and they adapt, we don’t have any problems or foot pain; they are boots made to size and without problems. We also use them for the size, they are not made to measure. The boots you can have available today are exactly the same as the ones we use.

And the most important thing about the boot is the interior bootie, which in the end is what protects us from everything. It’s a carbon bootie, which is light, it moves, and allows you to perform all the movements you want but, more important is safety and when we have an impact on the foot it does not move towards the sides and it is vital that we don’t break our foot, which is very important.

– Here we have the helmet. It’s the AGV Pista GP, the most sporty helmet of the Italian firm. What can you tell us about it?

– This is the most important part of all the gear. Not only for the safety issues, but for other aspects too. Let’s start with the aerodynamics. When we’re crouched down on the straight, there are many helmets that go very high up and eventually they take the shape, but the air friction is very large and a lot of time is lost, although it might seem a silly thing, it’s not. At AGV what they have achieved is to make an elongated form that is not very tall, therefore the air is displaced upwards and there is no problem.

As regards protection, this is linked to the weight. There are firms that make very lightweight helmets but in the end, the lighter it is, the worse. Because, if we have less weight, that means there is less carbon and less protection. I believe that AGV have this equilibrium between weight and safety, it is very lightweight, of the lightest in competition. It is made of carbon, I’ve had some very strong impacts and I haven’t had any problem with my head, in other words, I’m very happy with this helmet, for its aerodynamics, protection and weight, which are the three primordial aspects. 

– Perfect, Pol. Thank you very much!

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