Over the past few years we have seen a marked increase in the number of kids roadracing motorcycles in the US. The USGPRU and several other race organizations have been able to lower the age minimums and get these kids racing and learning our race craft sooner than we've seen in many years. Just 3 years ago we were seeing only 7% of our grids comprised of kids, and now it's almost 25%.
As many in the USGPRU are parents ourselves, we want to not only teach these kids, but keep all of these new racers safe while we're at it. So we've joined forces with Impact Armor and RS TAICHI, with support from the Ethan Gillim "Chasin a Dream" program and Moto Liberty, to put these young racers in some new safety gear. And in some cases, we're doing it at no cost to the racer. Impact Armor and the "Chasin a Dream" program have made it possible for us to give away custom chest protectors to the first 30 kids that sign up with us this year.
The older USGPRU racers will all be able to purchase these same chest protectors from Impact Armor or RS TAICHI ones from Moto Liberty for a special USGPRU rate.
Moto Liberty and RS TAICHI have also provided 100 new RS TAICHI helmet removal caps. These caps are designed to help reduce the chance of neck injury during helmet removal after a crash. If the racer is unconscious or otherwise unable to remove their helmet, this tool helps emergency personnel to remove the racer's helmet without putting additional strain on the racer's neck. These caps are free to all USGPRU racers in 2009.
For 2009, the USGPRU has made the wear of chest protectors mandatory for youth racers and optional but encouraged for the adults. The goal is to keep ALL of our racers as safe as possible and give absolutely no reason not to wear the right safety gear. The last thing we want to see is someone spending money on go fast parts at the expense of their personal safety. By making this gear free or significantly discounted, we hope to have every one of our racers wearing these products all year. If we only save one person from serious injury, it will have been well worth the effort and expense.
We all wish you a very happy holiday season and hope to see you out at the racetrack, a little bit safer, in 2009!
About RS TAICHI: For your performance riding needs. Our leather suits hold up very well in crashes. This is because we have to protect the riders. That is our task. We provide you the best protection and most comfortable products. All for the riders. www.rs-taichi.com
About Impact Armor:
"To Protect Those Who Dare" That's the mission statement of Impact 2001 Sport Armor Designs of Citrus Heights, California , creators of PATENTED impact dissipating CHEST and BACK protectors, LIMB protectors, and protective CLOTHING for international competition and recreational sport use. SPORT APPLICATIONS IMPACTS versatile impact dissipating protective armor system can be worn on the body or inserted into clothing. www.impactarmor.com
About Moto Liberty:
Moto Liberty is the #1 motorcycle gear store in Texas, as voted by Ride Texas Magazine 5 years in a row. We are proud to say you will NOT find every product from every manufacturer on their website. We have searched the world over so that you can choose from the brands that we have researched to provide the quality, technology, and functionality that you require. Our mission is to make your buying experience as easy as possible by doing the research for you. Let us help. You don't have to order blindly on-line..... All we do at Moto Liberty is sell quality motorcycle gear. We don't sell bikes. We don't do service. We fit customers in gear on a daily basis and can often help with sizing issues much better than any size chart. Our site allows for on-line sales, but we always encourage you to call one of our stores in Texas if you have any questions or wish to discuss features & sizing. www.motoliberty.com
About Ethan Gillim's "Chasing a Dream" Program:
The Ethan Gillim " Chasin' a Dream" Program, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization established in memory of #95 Ethan "Butch" Gillim to promote safe motorcycle riding and racing for young riders. The Program will be instrumental in providing financial assistance for young riders to obtain necessary equipment, education and training to ride and race safely and to assist track promoters in related issues. As a non profit charitable organization we accept donations from large corporations, small businesses, motorcycle clubs and individuals interested in participating in something greater than ourselvesS a young boy's dream... to see the continuation of safe and competitive riding and racing by up-and-coming young riders. www.ethansdream.com
The USGPRU is the officially recognized Motorcycle 125 Grand Prix National Championship ® and 250 Grand Prix National Championship series. We are also the official race series for the new youth-only, spec class racing the Moriwaki MD250H Powered by HONDA. The USGPRU emulates true World MotoGP racing experience and serves to attract young riders to gain experience in a professional environment and provide a path to world-class motorcycle racing. The USGPRU structures events with extended length grand prix racing exclusive to the GP machines, timed qualifying and strong contingency and sponsor support. For additional details, visit www.USGPRU.net