RACV partner wins international safety award

RACV partner MotoCAP, Australia’s innovative motorcycling clothing test program, has received international recognition for its ground-breaking research.

MotoCAP has won a Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) road safety award, which was presented this week in Monaco (2 December 2019).

“This is fantastic news for MotoCAP and well deserved,” Michael Case, Manager Vehicle Engineering RACV said.

“As one of MotoCAP’s partners, RACV continues to support this important work and is pleased to see international recognition for its research.

“The work they undertake testing motorcycle clothing and equipment is essential to keep riders safe.”

MotoCAP has tested and rated almost 200 motorcycle jackets, pants and gloves sold in Australia and New Zealand.

Items are given a star rating, between one and five, for protection and comfort.

Dr Chris Hurren oversees Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials in Geelong, where MotoCAP tests are conducted.

“The testing we carry out in our Waurn Ponds laboratory is making motorcycling safer for all riders and their passengers,” Dr Hurren said.

“It’s great to see our work recognised on the world stage, and hopefully this award will lead to MotoCAP’s international acceptance and expansion.”

Motorcycle and scooter riders involved in crashes are at risk of impact and abrasion injuries, well designed protective gear can help to prevent or reduce the severity of these injuries.

“Wearing protective clothing can reduce the likelihood of riders being seriously injured or hospitalised in the event of a crash,” Mr Case added.

“Thanks to MotoCAP, riders can now choose the most appropriate gear for their riding conditions.”

The partnership with the MotoCAP program complements RACV’s funding for ANCAP and UCSR that rate the crashworthiness of new and used cars.

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Written by RACV Corporate Communications (03) 9790 2572
December 09, 2019