Dainese's Rossi-developed suit to go on sale to the public

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Dainese’s new D-Air racing suit means trackdayers and club racers will be able to benefit from the research and development efforts of Valentino Rossi.

Dainese launched the new airbag-equipped suit, which has been developed in private testing by the nine-times world champion, last night (Thursday) at the Misano circuit. Rossi is set to wear it in competition for the first time at this weekend’s Grand Prix at Misano.

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The stand-out developments for professionals like Rossi surround the suit itself rather than the airbag inside it. New integrated LED lights will illuminate if the airbag is activated, helping following riders pick out the faller if the conditions are bad on circuit.

And comfort is boosted by a new lining arrangement around the knees to prevent bunching, and also a new one-piece elasticated stretch panel that extends from the shoulders down to the lower spine.

For trackdayers and amateur racers, the main development does surround the airbag itself. It’s now extended to cover the chest and ribcage, as well as the shoulders and neck, which were covered on the previous customer-spec suit.

The extended airbag was introduced for Dainese’s supported racers in 2014 after feedback from the organisers of the British Superbike Championship. Now this will be available to all customers.

The new suit will go on sale next Spring and will cost an estimated £3400 in off-the-peg sizes, based on current exchange rates from Dainese’s confirmed European price of 3999 euros. 

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Tony Hoare

By Tony Hoare

Former MCN Consumer Editor