The Arai Race Support Service is on hand throughout the 2010 Isle of Man TT, looking after racers from its base behind the TT Grandstand.
Arai has a long history and has become synonymous with the TT. This year many of the top riders are wearing Arai, including Ian Hutchinson, Bruce Anstey, Keith Amor, Gary Johnson, Davy Morgan, Michael Dunlop and brother William.
For the past 26 years, Arai has been a big presence in the paddock, looking after racers’ needs and also those of the Arai-wearing race fans.
This year Arai’s brand new 33ft Mercedes is in the paddock for the TT fortnight with an international team from both the UK and Arai Europe looking after the needs of both sponsored and non-sponsored racers’ helmets.
The factory-trained technicians offer advice and adjustment of fit, critical at the extreme speeds of the TT, tear-off mounting and visor care, using Fine Vision and Pinlock® inserts, and maintenance of all the helmet’s working parts. The Arai team can also be seen in pit lane, facilitating swift visor changes during the TT’s high-pressure pit stops.
Arai, in conjunction with the TT organisers, has this year introduced a special edition, limited production Isle of Man TT RX-7 GP helmet. The first design in a series of three, it is truly stunning and has been created by legendary designer Aldo Drudi. Based around the Isle of Man’s famous triskelion (Three Legs of Man) symbol, the famous ‘TT’ letters and symbolism of the black and white chequered flag, only 500 of this First Edition design will be produced.
In 2011 and 2012 there will follow a further 500 with each series featuring its own unique design. The First Edition of this series is offered complete with a special display stand in the style of a TT winners’ podium, enabling the display of all three unique helmets together.
The RX-7 GP 2010 TT will only be sold via Arai Five Star dealer Crossans in the Isle of Man during TT fortnight and a commission on each helmet sold will go to the TT organisers.
Visitors to the 2010 Isle of Man TT will get a chance to try an Arai helmet. Operating from the Arai Race Support Service, motorcyclists will be able to try the new Arai Quantum or the RX-7 GP for a lap and experience first-hand what makes an Arai helmet so special. The RX-7 GP is Arai’s benchmark model and used by the majority of racers at the TT. The new Quantum uses racing DNA from the Arai RX-7 GP which matched to the civilities required on the road, is proving to be a winning formula and will earn further converts thanks to a chance to wear it in the real world, in varied riding conditions.
Finally, one place that the ardent TT fan can’t fail to notice during TT fortnight is Paparazzi’s restaurant on Douglas promenade. Owned by motorcycle and racing enthusiast Gianni Robba, the Italian food and wine on offer is fantastic, as is the atmosphere. Arai will again partner the Paparazzi team giving the restaurant a real ‘Arai’ feel for the TT fortnight and making it a regular hang out place for the service team. Check it out – Paparazzi is the racers favourite restaurant so you never quite know who you might spot eating there.