Aleix Espargaró Becomes First MotoGP Rider To Use MIPS Safety System

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Aleix will be wearing Kabuto’s new F17 Racing Mips helmet.

Finally, Mips has broken through to MotoGP.

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Mips, a world leader in helmet-based safety, is proud to announce its newest member to Team Mips: Aleix Espargaró, factory rider for Aprilia Racing in MotoGP™, the premier class of motorcycle racing in the world.

A regular in the MotoGP paddock since 2009, Aleix is an extremely experienced rider with a number of podiums and pole positions on his scorecard.

The newest Team Mips member, Aleix Espargaró. Photo courtesy of Kabuto.

Aleix Espargaró comments: “I’m very proud to be the first MotoGP rider to use the Mips safety system with my Kabuto helmet. Since I have been using the Mips system, I have not noticed any difference in the comfort of the helmet, but I personally feel safer riding in the MotoGP. As you all know, Mips’ systems have been used in cycling for years, and from now on I also use the Mips system in the premier motorcycle championship in the world and I’m happy to help by sharing my experience. In my opinion, bringing Mips into our sport helps put a needed spotlight on helmet safety.”

For the 2023 season, Aleix will be wearing Kabuto’s F17 Racing Mips helmet - the first MotoGP™ helmet to be equipped with the Mips® safety system in the form of the Mips Integra TX helmet comfort padding. The Mips Integra TX helmet padding is the first solution of its kind from Mips with the patented low friction layer integrated inside the padding itself.

Aleix Espargaró. Photo courtesy of Kabuto.

Mips is already widely adopted in other two-wheeled professional sports such as motocross and cycling, both of which many MotoGP riders actively engage with. Entering MotoGP and adding Aleix to Team Mips is a milestone moment for Mips in their quest to raise awareness of helmet safety and their mission to lead the world to safer helmets.

Max Strandwitz, CEO of Mips, comments: “By its nature, the MotoGP class pushes everyone and everything involved with it to the limit and that’s part of the reason why it’s known around the world to be the pinnacle of track racing. Having recognition on a global platform of the Mips safety system, and with Aleix as an advocate, is fully in line with our mission of leading the world to safer helmets.”

For more information on the Kabuto F17 Racing Mips helmet, click here.

Aleix Espargaró. Photo courtesy of Kabuto.

Team Mips is made up of athletes from across a range of sports including motorcycle racing, snowboarding and mountain biking, and aims to raise helmet safety awareness and lead the world toward using safer helmets. Drawing on their own experiences, they encourage all people, regardless of age, skill level or preferred sport, to make the right decision when purchasing a helmet.


About Mips

Mips specializes in helmet-based safety and is a market leader in this field. Based on an ingredient brand business-model, the Mips safety system is sold to the global helmet industry. The Mips safety system is patent protected and based on 25 years of research, testing and development in cooperation with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and the Karolinska Institute, both located in Stockholm, Sweden. The company’s headquarters and the test center are also located there, with more than 70 employees working in research and development, sales, marketing, and administration.

Currently, Mips have partnered with over 150 helmet manufacturers. Since inception, the Mips safety system has been included in more than 1,000 helmet models worldwide.

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