The FIM have introduced a new testing regime and tougher standards for racing helmets that will be mandatory from 2019 onwards.
Currently, the FIM refers to existing international standards for the approval of helmets for use in competitions, but the new FIM Racing Homologation Programme will feature the latest state of art of testing methods.
The new programme will test a helmet's response to medium severity oblique impacts (head-on collisions), which the FIM say is a very common scenario in racing accidents, but is not currently addressed in international standards.
FIM President, Vito Ippolito said: "The homologation will allow the FIM to ensure a more complete and high-end protection for its riders and in particular to better track and control helmets used in FIM competitions. The FIM is also hopeful that the new testing protocol will serve as an inspiration for disciplines other than Circuit Racing, and cascade to international standards for road use."
Shark Helmets Research & Innovation Manager, Alban Rojas commented: "Shark Helmets has promoted motorcycle racing as a focus of brand development ever since its creation. Our brand’s ethos is always to push the technical boundaries and innovate to ensure the highest level of protection for all riders. We are very proud to work close with the FIM Racing Homologation Programme for helmets.”
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