The “Grande Finale” of this year’s FIM Endurance World Championship – the 24-hour endurance race at the legendary Le Mans racetrack – places huge demands not only on man and machine, but also on the rider’s main piece of protective gear, his helmet!
This year the world title in the Superstock class went to the Penz13 Kraftwerk team of Rico Penzkofer with SR1 riders Arie Vos and Pedro Vallcaneras.
While the motorbikes were being put through their paces, the SR1 was going through an endurance test of its own.
Arie Vos: “Over such long race distances, it is absolutely essential that the helmet’s inner lining functions perfectly. The SR1’s lining guarantees a cool head, whatever the conditions. I hardly ever had the feeling that my head was sweating.”
An excellent second place on the podium went to Michael Bartholemy’s team, BMW Motorrad France, with featured rider Erwan Nigon. After a nerve-tingling race, the team finished second in the overall classification.
Erwan Nigon: “A 24-hour race places huge demands on the body, and especially on the neck muscles, which get strained by the wind pressure. The fantastic performance characteristics of the SR1 allow the helmet to remain stable in the wind, which takes the pressure off your neck. The ventilation also helped me to keep a cool head at all times.”
Next weekend Erwan Nigon will be at the Hockenheimring fighting for the IDM Superbike title. Once again he will be out to showcase his extraordinary talent and will be hoping to repay all the hard work put in by the Alpha Technik Van Zon BMW team of Werner Daemen by winning the title. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for you, Erwan!
Last weekend, the 8 Hours of Doha, representing Round 2 of the FIM Endurance World Championship, took place under extremely harsh climatic conditions in Qatar. In spite of temperatures of up to 50 °C, our SR1 test rider Erwan Nigon succeeded in winning the race in grand style with his BMW Motorrad France team and gaining valuable championship points.
With spectacular lap times over a second faster than those of the competition, Erwan Nigon and his team set a virtually unattainable benchmark. In the end, the time keeping indicated that the team was ahead of the remaining field by three laps.
Under the extreme temperature conditions, the SR1 was able to display its outstanding ventilation characteristics to full effect, delivering over 12 litres of fresh air per second. Endurance test passed!
Schuberth test rider Erwan Nigon left Doha immediately after the race in order to prepare for the upcoming IDM race at the traditional track of the Nürburgring. The Frenchman had already succeeded in playing his cards right at the last race in Oschersleben, making it onto the podium twice in succession.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for you, Erwan.
The 2012 motor sport season is well underway all over Europe. We have expanded our involvement in professional racing further throughout Europe and into the United States. We recently launched our SR1 race helmet and have taken our first steps in the professional motorcycle racing arena.
This year, we are pleased to have recruited the experienced Honda factory rider Arne Tode as a new test rider for Schuberth in the IDM. Rico Penzkofer (Team Penz13) has also joined our team as an official test rider. He will start in the IDM and will also compete in the Isle of Man TT (25 May to 8 June), possibly the most gruelling street race in the world. We are already looking forward to the first pictures from this spectacle on 2 wheels.
Stefan Nebel, KTM factory rider and Schuberth test rider since 2011, will take the SR1 onto US soil for the first time; his U.S. debut will be in the highest level American motorcycle division, AMA Pro Superbike. Best of luck, Stefan!
We are particularly pleased about the success of our French SR1 rider Erwan Nigon, who is racing in the IDM for the first time with BMW and has managed to finish in first place twice already. Toutes nos félicitations, Erwan!
All in all, 23 SR1 riders are going to the start in countries throughout Europe, including France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland.
It´s 2012, it´s 47 days to the first race and our race mechancis are busy getting all the helmets ready. Today one of them stopped by and we made the final adjustments on his helmet. We´re glad he´s back in a regular driver seat this year: Nico Hülkenberg who will race with Sahara Force India in the 2012 season.
Nico took the chance to visit our manufacturing and we did follow him with the camera: Here (*click*) are some shots we made: Thank you for visiting us !