MotoCAP secures Victorian Government cash boost

MotoCAP, a star rating assessment system for motorcycle protective clothing based out of IFM, has been funded for a further three years by the Victorian Government.

Developed for Australia and New Zealand, MotoCAP rates the protection and thermal comfort levels of motorcycle clothing and is run by IFM researchers, led by Associate Professor Christopher Hurren, at the ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus.

The internationally recognised program has tested and rated more than 700 items of motorcycle gear to help keep riders safe and will receive $378,000 from the Victorian Government, through its Motorcycle Safety Levy, to help continue its research.

“Saving riders’ lives and preventing serious injuries remains a critical road safety challenge as motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injuries than other motorists,” Minister for Roads and Road Safety Melissa Horne said.

“We urge all motorcyclists across Victoria to wear all the gear, all the time and to check the MotoCAP ratings.”

MotoCAP, which marks its five-year milestone this month, has released its latest round of rated gear on its website, bringing the total to 702 items tested and rated in that time.

“The Deakin-led team was the first to provide scientific knowledge on what happens to a rider’s clothing during a crash, and ongoing research will build important insights to create smarter technologies that keep our communities safe,” ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres Director Professor Joselito Razal said.

“Deakin is very proud to share this knowledge with riders, protective clothing manufacturers, governments and road designers in order to reduce injury severity and fatalities in motorcycle crashes worldwide.”

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