Here is some recent work that has come out of the shop and we just wanted to share some close up detail pictures for your pleasure.
The Latifi family is becoming one of Censports best clients and I owe thanks to their motorsports manager David Tennyson for bringing them to Censport. Latifi has large goals and I have no doubt he will make them come true. His first step is to dive into international motorsports competing in Europe in the F3 Championship. Nick is already an accomplished kart racer but is stepping it up into formula cars. Here are two of our most recent creations for Nick, I designed the livery of his F3 car and painted his Bell HP3 to match the car design. Go get em’ Nicky!
The first helmet we did for Jeff was a GP-6RC and we had that helmet all gloss to show off the pretty carbon weave. This helmet is a GP-6 PED which comes in white so since we didn’t have carbon to show off we painted those areas black. The whole helmet is bathed in rubber feeling matte clear and looks stunning. I also reversed the shading from his other helmet to make them look different, so the areas that are white fades on the other helmet are red on this helmet and vice versa.
For years I went from one chroming source to another only to be let down time after time with poor quality. Since quality is number one on my list my biggest pet peeve was to put a perfect paint job on a terrible chrome job. So I took a huge step and invested in Spectra Chrome so I could do chrome in house and make sure the chrome was as perfect as possible. We are even doing chrome for some of America’s top painters, as they know quality is what they will get from Censport. It took a couple months of trial and error and redoing things until they came out perfect but we have the system nailed and are producing some very good results. Take a look at some of these pictures of helmets right after they have been chromed and then the final out come once a design is painted on.
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
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