There are many, many questions when it comes to safety in motocross. Hard facts are often to come by though and, therefore, answers are difficult to come by sometimes. Leatt have opted to be extremely open when explaining what happened to the helmet that Brad Anderson wore at the Hawkstone International last weekend. The text that was shared can be read below, in full, and then there is more too. Enjoy the behind-the-scenes sneak peek! Over to Leatt…
Helmet Impact Dynamics: "Following the crash involving Brad Anderson at the Hawkstone International Motocross event last Sunday, Leatt Corporation would like to make the following statement:
"Firstly and most importantly we would like to wish Brad a speedy recovery, he was released from hospital late on Sunday night having received brain and other body scans, these where all clear with no brain injury or serious facial fractures apart from his nose.
"The purpose of a helmet, as with any safety equipment, is to reduce the risk of a serious injury. Our helmets are designed to deform and fracture under certain loads to reduce the accelerative forces being transferred to the head, brain and neck. The energy required to deform a helmet is hereby removed from the total energy that would otherwise have been directed to the rider's head, brain and neck.
"All our motorcycle helmet models meet and exceed either or both of the industry accepted and widely adopted applicable safety standards namely; ECE 22-05 and DOT (FMVSS No. 218). As you can appreciate, the same accident rarely happens twice. There are always various accident dynamics at play including but not limited to the weight of the rider, the speed of the impact, involvement of the motorcycle, track conditions etc. It is therefore near impossible for Leatt to re-create the exact accident scenario, but hopefully you will appreciate from the videos below, the magnitude of force it would require to break the chin bar on the same helmet Brad was wearing. We are pleased Brad will make a full recovery and glad he was using a safety tested and certified Leatt product.
"In the videos below a weighted head-form and the ECE standard impact speed to the chin bar of 5.5 meters per second is demonstrated. Additionally, we performed the test at 6.5 meters per second, this exceeds the FIM road race standard chin bar impact of 6 meters per second."