If you’re comparing racers, or debating about how someone has a better chance of winning a race, you’re probably going to talk about their bike. About the engine, the tires, the brakes, etc… But what if I told you that it all comes down to the helmet.
Sure, I wouldn’t be telling the whole truth, but I could still make a compelling case. Riders wearing Arai Helmets this year won four of the five AMA Pro Racing Championships.
Arai helmets were worn by the champions in the Superbike, Daytona Sportbike, SuperSport East, and the XR-1200 series this year. Arai racers also claimed three second place finishes in the five classes.
In the Superbike series, Arai helmets claimed 15 of 19 wins. 7 of those wins came from the AMA Superbike champion, Josh Hayes. 5 came from Tommy Hayden, and the other three from Blake Young. It was Arai’s first Superbike championship since Nicky Hayden won in 2002.
Arai also helped Elena Myers claim her historic win in the Supersport division this year.
So is it all in the helmet? No, there are plenty of other things that go into making a championship racer. But it doesn’t look like wearing an Arai helmet hurts.
Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com