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The Riding Write writes:
"Safety Measures Every Racer Must Take Before Competing"
Posted by Lil' Car on June 15, 2012
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When you are participating in the racing, winning is probably the most important thing. While that is true, the trophy is not more important than your safety. Winning isn't everything, which is why you should ensure that you win and continue to take part in more races. One way to ensure that is to invest heavily in safety equipment. In case of a mishap, your safety gear will decide the extent of damage.

Racing should be approached smartly and not in a rush of adrenaline. By ensuring that you remain safe after every race, you are increasing the chances of winning that coveted title. Before you start thinking about the trophy, you should put your mind to finding the best safety equipment. Here are some essentials to get you started!

Understand safety ratings

If you are looking for quality safety equipment for your upcoming Motocross race, you should start by reading up on different types of safety ratings and their importance. You can start by a simple research on the organisation responsible for quality control in your country. These safety ratings are assigned to all protective gear with the exception of helmets.

One popular organisation is the SFI Foundation based in the United States. Several racing bodies and sanctioning organisations follow the specifications set by SFI. Another organisation Snell Memorial Foundation is responsible for safety ratings in helmets. Most Motocross races do not accept helmets that are merely approved by the local Department of Transport and require the approval of Snell.

Fire suits

Before you buy fire suits for any racing event, it is wise to determine the class requirements. When looking through different suits, you should place importance to the fitting as well as the type and quality of the material. For maximum protection, it is important that the suit fits you well as they are designed to be worn over your regular clothes. You can choose the standard single layered suit or opt for multilayered protection. To keep fire risks to a minimum, avoid dry cleaning your fire suits completely and opt for gentle machine washes at home with a soft detergent.


The use and design of all helmets are centred on four salient features: field of vision, face shielding material, ventilation and inner lining. The field of vision in particular is the most important feature of any helmet, with Motocross helmets requiring a significantly wider field than those used for drag races. Racing helmets are lined with fire-retardant materials like Nomex while the face shields are made from extra tough polycarbonate polymers that are tough, flexible, clear and resistant to scratches. These helmets are approved by Snell and provide screening from UV light.

Safety harness

Safety harnesses certified by SFI are a necessity in most racing events. You can choose from a range of five-point, six-point or seven-point harnesses. The harnesses are available in two installation features - wraparound and bolt-in. Safety harnesses make use of camlocks or latches to fit snugly around you.

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