Mandatory hand guard for the 2012 Motorcycle World Championship
Mandatory hand guard for the 2012 Motorcycle World Championship

It seems that according to those in charge of the Dorna safety commission, including former MotoGP rider Loris Capirossi, it will be mandatory to install a hand protection system on motorcycles to compete in the three categories of the Motorcycle World Championship this year 2012. So in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 we must get used to seeing this type of accessories this season.

One of the models already used is the one that our rider Toni Elías used in Moto2 as shown in the photograph. Sponsored by the motorcycle accessories firm Rizoma, mounted the system called Proguard that we saw at Motorpasión Moto in September 2010 and that was not without controversy and opinions for all tastes.


This is the product that Rizoma markets as Proguard System but It remains to specify the characteristics that the protector model to install on motorcycles must have.. The idea is a system that can protect both the hands and the brake and clutch levers and for this it will be allowed to lengthen the fairing In this part of the motorcycle for this purpose, it seems that the use of a system similar to that of Rizoma is not essential.

It should be mentioned that in this case, Rizoma's Proguard device is a proprietary patent of that Italian company. Whatever the device prevent fatal brake lever hooking that cause accidents like those carried out by Toni Elías himself at the end of the straight at the Montmeló circuit. Other pilots from the retired Alex Crivillé to the current Dani Pedrosa or Jorge Lorenzo know well what it means to hurt their hands, so for the sake of safety Dorna's proposal seems right in the absence of specifying the definitive characteristics in the regulations of said device.

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