It may not have looked like it on the TV screen at 6am yesterday morning, but Jorge Lorenzo’s Dainese airbag suit did deploy during his crash at Phillip Island, as these pictures show.
The 22-year old Spaniard collided into Nicky Hayden on the run down to the first turn in yesterday’s fifteenth round of the MotoGP Championship.
The two-time 250cc World Champion crashed heavily at over 110mph but escaped serious injury.
A Dainese spokesperson told MCN: “The system worked perfectly.
“Lorenzo was at 180 km/h and the airbag went off at the right time.
“After that the strong abrasion caused a tear of the leathers.”
Lorenzo suffered some gravel rash to his nose after the visor on his X-Lite helmet broke away during his cart-wheeling through the gravel.
Dainese has sent these exclusive images to MCN of the suit, and Lorenzo’s gloves that are badly scuffed but saves his fingers and hands from any injury.
Dainese is set to release a D-Air Street version of the airbag suit in their 2011 collection.