If you plan on attending a motorcycle track day in the United Kingdom this year, you’ll need a CE-approved back protector or airbag suit.
Back protectors will be required for all riders at most UK motorcycle track days starting on the 1st of March 2022. MSV (Motorsport Vision), who is leading the movement, is followed by other track day companies that organize events at MSV-owned tracks, such as No Limits Track Days.
Every motorcyclist will require a complete-length back protector that is suited to the task, and pit lane marshals will begin checking for a fitted back protector as part of their standard checks (such as ensuring you have your wristband on).
In a post created by NoLimits, the company stated:
From 1st March 2022, back protectors will become essential for those wishing to ride on the track. If you have an airbag suit or vest, that’s fine and you’re exempt. Suits fitted with a factory CE approved Neoprene foam pad back protector will be seen as the bare minimum requirement for track days.
All of this is done in the interest of ensuring that track days, which are so thrilling, continue to provide the highest level of safety for everyone involved.
What kind of back protection is required for a track session?
Back protectors have always been advised, but now that they are required, you’ll be happy to learn there are a few alternatives available.
It’s all up to you to decide what’s best, but at the very least, you’ll need a CE-approved neoprene foam back pad that extends the full length of your spine. It must be designed and built for maximum efficacy. So don’t try to pass off some cardboard as a shirt underlayment.
If you want to double-check your equipment, look at your track day booking or contact them directly for assistance.