I have been working with Jason since last year and we have done a number of custom one off helmets for him. I was pleased when Arai approached me in the summer of 2011 and said they liked his design so much that they wanted to make it into a replica and be a part of their 2012 graphics line. It is extremely rare that Arai makes a replica for a rider who hasn’t won a major championship so it was an honor to be chosen. We hope that this is just the beginning of a great partnership between Censport and Arai helmets.
It was an up and down weekend for Josh for sure. He finished the second free practice in 10th place in difficult wet/dry conditions. On Saturday for FP3 it was clear and dry and Josh was way off the pace and dead last. On to qualifying where again there were tricking conditions with spitting rain and a damp track where Josh again was at the back of the field and qualified dead last, over 4 seconds off the leaders time. On race day during warm up Josh took a big gamble and went out on slicks on a cold damp track and was the fastest rider by a second and a half! from chump to champ, in the sessions leading up to the race anyway. The race was an exciting one for sure and probably the best race of the season as far as on track action and close finishes. Four riders were taken out on the first turn on the first lap which included Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi, Randy DePuniet, and Alvaro Bautista. Josh missed the collision and sat in 10th place for most of the race, but as rain started to fall towards the end of the race and the track being dry in some sections and wet in others Josh put the heat on and worked his way up to 7th. Josh will stay in Valencia for another couple of days and take part in the test session on Tuesday. Well played Josh! way to keep your head and bring it home in one piece!
Due to injuries sustained in the fatal crash at Sepang which claimed the life of Marco Simoncelli, Colin Edwards was forced to withdraw from the event with a broken bone in his elbow. Josh Hayes was to partake in the official test on Monday following the race as a reward for winning his second AMA Superbike Championship for Yamaha. Since Hayes was already going to be in Valencia the Tech 3 Yamaha team decided to have Hayes fill in for Colin and compete in the final round of the 2011 MotoGP season. Josh has zero expectations and no pressure as a fill in rider so this is more for an experience for Josh than a competition. Obviously Josh wants to do his best on the machine and be competitive but he is realistic about his chances when riding on a bike he has never ridden, against the best riders in the world, and on a track he has never been on. Regardless, Censport is very happy for Josh for this opportunity and very happy to have a helmet on the MotoGP grid. Due to the late announcement we did not have time to paint a special helmet to match the Tech 3 colors so he will wear his helmets from the 2011 AMA season. Good luck Josh!
Photos by Andrew Wheeler and Vicki Schouten
Last year Daniel won the SKUSA Super Nats in his first try after freshly receiving his Censport Painted helmet. Daniel has been on quite a tear and he is regularly beating much more experienced competitors. The Lancaster Grand Prix was no exception as he dominated the weekend and checked out in the race. The Lancaster Grand Prix is a relatively new venue in the streets of down town Lancaster, TX. This year there was apx. 35,000 spectators and the event is growing every year and gaining popularity and status as on of the biggest kart races in North America. Hopefully Daniel can pull off another win at his second appearance at the Super Nats in Vegas.
If you missed this race then you missed the finale to THE most exciting championship race in AMA superbike history. The title came down to Hayes or Blake Young who were separated by a hand full of points. On every lap the championship outlook was different with the shuffle of riders in the top five. All Josh had to do to secure the title was finish 3rd. At times he saw himself back in 5th with title rival Young in the lead. Hayes made some crazy moves and almost went down a couple times but worked his way up to finish 2nd. Blake won the race and the battle but lost the war. Even though Blake won twice as many races as Josh it was all due to the bonus points for pole position and laps led that ultimately swung the championship in Hayes’ favor. I congratulate Josh for his second successive AMA Superbike championship, giving Censport Graphics its first major championship! Thanks Josh, and here’s to another great year in 2012.
Other than the spectacular crashes by the two Audi cars this year you would have to say that the win for the number 73 Corvette was the most exciting thing about the race. As the sun was coming up over the picturesque French countryside the 73 Corvette was in 3rd place and a lap down on the two lead cars. It was safe to say that if the other cars didn’t run into any problems that Tommy and his teammates would end up 3rd. BUT, with a few hours to go the sister car collided with a back marker while overtaking in a corner and the car was destroyed and out of the race. One of the Ferrari’s assumed the lead and looked like it could cruise to the win, but with a couple of hours left in the race they started to have some engine trouble and the car lost quite a bit of power. The game was on! Tommy could smell blood in the water, and with Tommy behind the wheel he started to take chunks of time out of the Ferrari on every lap. The lead dwindled from a lap, to a half lap, to a minute, to seconds, and finally the Corvette was there to pounce and took the lead. Tommy never looked back and came in for their final driver change handing the car over to Antonio Garcia. They were able to capitalize on their competitor’s misfortune and won the race. It just goes to show that you can never give up and settle for less in an endurance race like Le Mans, anything can happen, and in this case their poise and clean driving paid off. Read more
Friend and client Tom Sutherland wanted to surprise his dad with this specially painted helmet. Tom is graduating from college this year and as a thank you to his dad for the support over the years Tom wanted to give his dad a special gift. Rick (Tom’s dad) raced for years in sports cars and open wheel. We took Rick’s old helmet design and did some cool stuff like put photos of him racing throughout his career. In 2004 Rick won the 24 Hours of LeMans in the P2 class so on top of the helmet we did a special little design that includes the logo for the 24 hour race and the date that he won it, in the background is a track map of Circuit de la Sarthe. Who knows, this helmet might even inspire Rick to get back in a race car!
For those of you who didn’t see this race let me write a little synopsis for you. Jason was quickest in practice and had the pole wrapped up until the very last second when Jake Zemke squeezed in a lap .3 seconds quicker. There was no doubt that there was going to be a hand full of guys that could win the race. It is really hard to break the draft at Daytona and get a big enough lead so the pack doesn’t swallow you up on the banking, so it was any man’s race to win really. Read more
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