Rizla Suzuki rider Alvaro Bautista is racing with a new custom Shoei helmet that was designed by Troy Lee Designs to support for the people of Japan following the tragedy there earlier this year.
This beautiful paint-scheme has been created by Troy Lee Designs’ Japanese designer Maki Ushiroyama and features all the flags of the fourteen countries on the MotoGP calendar, with pride of place going to the Japanese ‘Nisshōki’ or ‘Hinomaru’ – as it is more commonly known – on the top of the helmet. The colours of all nations is to represent the global support for Japan following the tragedy in March and an added message in Japanese translates as ‘Ganbare Nippon’, which literally means ‘Cheer up Japan, do your best and don’t give up!’
Bautista will also use the same helmet to race at the Indianapolis MotoGP – after which, it will be auctioned to raise money for a Japanese charity involved in the relief aid.
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