MotoGP riders each have a hump on their race suit that holds around 300ml of water. This water is accessible through a small tube that travels from the hump to the rear of their race helmet and then extends towards the front where the mouthpiece is located for drinking.
In this article, we look at the process of drinking water for MotoGP riders. This process involves the race suit and the race helmet. The system itself isn’t all that complicated but you may find that doing it might not be as easy as you think. It takes a lot of concentration away from the race track and the bike which is why practising with this system is ideal. Repetition and practice will help a MotoGP rider drink without thinking about it (your brain’s autopilot) and concentrate more on the race.
In this post, we’ll discuss the following:
- The process involved for drinking water for MotoGP riders
- Component 1: The race suit
- Component 2: The helmet
- Component 3: The tube, bladder and mouthpiece
The process involved for drinking water for MotoGP riders
Normally for dirt bike and endurance riders, the tubing wouldn’t run along the collar of the helmet. Instead, the tube will run along the backpack and be placed in a holder on one of the backpack’s shoulder straps. The rider would then need to take the mouthpiece with their hand and place it in their mouths.
For MotoGP riders, this system would not be possible because they need their hands almost 100% of the time. To make the process easier, the tube runs along the collar of the helmet to the front where a rider can easily push the mouthpiece towards their mouth with a light touch or grab it with their lips.
To stop the water continuously running through the tube when not in use, the mouthpiece only lets water through when the mouthpiece is squeezed. This means that the rider will have to bite down on the mouthpiece and suck. Most mouthpieces on hydration systems work in this way.
Component 1: The race suit
In order for MotoGP riders to drink water while riding, they need a place to store water. This is where the hump on the race suit comes in handy. The hump isn’t necessary for the rider’s protection (source: sciencedirect.com) but it helps reduce drag and it also offers some storage space inside. Most MotoGP race suits will have the airbag electronics stored in the bottom half of the hump while the water bladder/bag sits in the top half of the hump.
At the very top of the hump, there is an outlet through the leather suit where the tube (also called the straw) can pass through.
Revzilla affiliate link this race suit: Dainese Misano 2 D-Air Perforated Race Suit
The Dainese Misano 2 D-Air is an entry-level race suit that allows for a hydration kit in the hump and also has a cordless airbag system like the ones MotoGP riders use. Note that you’ll have to purchase the hydration system separately.
The cost for this item should be around $2,499.95
Component 2: The helmet
FIM certified helmets, like the AGV Pista GP RR, are used in MotoGP and come with a hydration system out of the box. Although, this only includes the tube (straw) and mouthpiece. Still, you can easily connect another hydration system that is made specifically for the race suit.
Revzilla affiliate link for this helmet: AGV Pista GP RR
The tube will run along the collar of the helmet from the rear to the front where the mouthpiece is located. The AVG Pista GP RR is a typical example of a helmet that has this feature as standard, but retrofitting a helmet with a tube running along the collar is simple when you have routing clips like these ones from Amazon.com.
A helmet like this one may cost around $1,499.95
Component 3: The tube, bladder and mouthpiece
A hydration system, like the Dainese water bag kit, will most likely only fit in the race suit that it was designed for, but the fact that the bladder can fold into any shape makes it easier if you don’t have the correct suit. MotoGP riders, on the other hand, will likely have all their equipment fit properly according to their design.
Revzilla affiliate link for this kit: Dainese Water Bag Kit
A typical water bladder for a MotoGP rider contains around 300ml of water, or about 10oz. This is almost the equivalent of a standard soda can in volume. During a race, MotoGP riders won’t need much more than this since a race usually lasts around 45 minutes.
A water bag kit like this one may cost around $149.95
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