Finally the racing season is back and first up is round one of the World Superbike Championship from Phillip Island, Australia this weekend.
Over the winter, Dainese has been investing-in and collecting a host racing talent, including some young Brits for the 2012 season.
New British riders added to the Italian family include Gino Rea as he makes the move from World Supersport into Moto2, Danny Webb in the new Moto3 championship, as well as Conor Cummins as he contests for his first TT win and the British Superstock 1000 championship with the Tyco TAS Suzuki team.
Cummins isn’t the only new signing with the Suzuki-backed team, as Dainese has snapped up reining British Supersport Champion Alastair Seeley, in his first assault on the British Superbike Championship.
Dainese continues its loyal support in MotoGP for Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and 2011 Moto2 champion Stefan Bradl, as he enters his debut season in the championship. Other continued support lies in SBK with Max Biaggi, Leon Haslam, Mark Aitchinson, and road racing’s favourite truck mechanic, Guy Martin.
In Moto2 alongside new recruit Rea on the grid, Dainese will have four riders – Andrea Iannone, Pol Espargaro and Simone Corsi. The Moto3 class will have a big Dainese presence with seven riders in total including, Webb, Salom, Morciano, Tonucci, Fenati, Antonelli and Marcel Schroetter.
Selected MotoGP riders will continue their development role with the D-Air Racing system while being protected by it in the process. Launched onto the market in 2011, D-air Racing is a revolutionary airbag system fitted into a leather suit, the device works on clever telemetry that reads track conditions and recognises when a bike starts to slide. The system is deployed within 45 milliesconds and takes 10 seconds to deflate.
Riders sporting the D-air Racing system for the forthcoming season will be:
- MotoGP: Rossi, Hayden and Bradl
- Moto2: Pasini, Iannone, Espargaro, Corsi and Rea
- Moto3: Salmon
As well as supporting riders in the paddock, Dainese will continue in its role as Official Safety Partner for both the Isle of Man TT and the British Superbike Championship.
TV coverage of the World Superbike and British Superbike Championships will again be shown live on Eurosport, while MotoGP continues with the BBC and the red button.