MotoGP 101: Cost of Gears

At over 250 kilometres per hour, when a MotoGP racer goes down, it is the gears that keep the individual alive

MotoGP is one of the fastest motorsports on earth. On motorcycles, racers reach over 250 kilometres per hour and at times, they even cross 300 kilometres per hour. Therefore, the safety of the riders has always been a concern because of which, organisations around the world have developed high-tech racing gears that can withstand the impact suffered during a crash. The racing gears are very expensive and, in this article, we have broken down the pricing of those gears. 

Helmet- Probably the most important gear for a MotoGP racer is the helmet and therefore, we should like to begin with the price of the helmet. The price of the helmet varies because not all racers wear the same helmet. There are various helmet manufacturers in the world and therefore, the price varies. For this article, our choice of helmet is used by nine times MotoGP champion racer Valentino Rossi. Over the decades, Valentino Rossi has donned helmets from a brand named AGV. In the present season, Rossi is using a helmet sourced from AGV. The exact price of Rossi’s helmet is not known to us but when we checked the official website of AGV for a Rossi helmet, the PISTA GP RR ECE DOT LIMITED EDITION – ROSSI MISANO 2020 helmet is priced at around 1,800 US dollars which amounts to INR 1,35,153.90 lakh. 

Suit- To save the body from fatal injuries, racers wear racing suits which are made of expensive materials. Not to forget, there is an airbag inside the racing suit, which inflates on impact. In short, the racing suit is a work of art and the hard work of millions of engineers goes into its making. Coming to the cost of the suit, we do not have the exact price-tag of the suits used by Marc Marquez, Alex Rins, Rossi and more. However, we know most of the suits are sourced from a brand named Alpinestars. We checked their website and found the Alpinestars GP Tech v3 Tech Air Race suit with a price-tag of INR 2,03,000 lakh. 

Boots- Last but not the least, to protect kneecap, shin bone, ankle, foot and fingers; racers wear racing boots. The costliest Alpine boot we came across is priced at 499 US dollars, which converts to INR 37,435.

Rohit Chatterjee

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Rohit Chatterjee is a bona fide moto-enthusiast who has worked with several media houses in his brief career. Chatterjee mostly writes features and news articles related to automobiles and motorsports. When not working, he is found on the interstate clocking over 100kmph on his NS200!
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