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Moto2 Rider Noyes Chooses MICS System for Safety, TechSpec Gripsters for Control

Steve Reed, President of Lean Angle Canada, is honoured to announce that American-born Moto2 GP World Championship rider Kenny Noyes will be the first rider on the world stage to use and represent the TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads and the Medical Information Carrier System (MICS) for helmets.

Noyes is campaigning the 2011 Moto2 GP World Championship with Barcelona-based BQR team, on the FOGI Racing/FTR M211 machine provided by Canadian-based FOGI Racing owner, Angus Borland

American Geoff Maloney, of GP Tech, who worked with Borland in 2010, managed to bring Kenny and BQR together with FOGI Racing. FOGI Racing is a road racing development team that is quite successful in both Canada and the United States though their support of up-and-coming riders like 17-year old Canadian Ben Young, who is racing in the AMA Pro SuperSport Class this season.

Noyes, aboard his FTR M211 bike in Avintia-STX colors, will once again be the only US rider in the Moto2 GP class. This will be a homecoming for Noyes as he began his road racing career in Spain with BQR back in 2001.

In 2010, Noyes was one of ten "true rookies" among the full-time riders in the forty bike Moto2 GP field and his two seventh place finishes were the two best individual results achieved by a first-time GP rider in the new Moto2 class. Noyes’ highlight of the season was when he took the pole at Le Mans, one of fourteen new tracks that he had to learn over the 17-race Moto2 GP season.

Noyes is getting a grip on his new FOGI Racing/FTR M211 machine with a set of TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads. The tank pads are engineered to improve control, enhance body positioning, reduce fatigue, and protect the rider’s tank and bodywork without damaging the rider’s leathers or man made fabrics. TechSpec Gripsters feature a proprietary “releasable and reusable” adhesive allowing a rider to fine tune the location of the grip surface or to temporarily remove them when tank repairs may be required.

The two by one inch MICS that Noyes is wearing this season, on his HJC helmet, provides paramedics and other trained emergency personnel with potentially life-saving information about the rider's identity and critical medical details. On the outside of the pouch, in bold text, is a warning to non-medical good Samaritans to not remove the downed rider’s helmet and to leave that critical task to trained medical responders. Improper helmet removal is a leading cause of collateral paralysis and death and should only be undertaken by trained EMS or medical staff.

"I'm proud to be the first global ambassador for the Medical Information Carrier System." said Noyes. "With the sheer number of people riding motorcycles around the world you know that there are many instances where unfortunate outcomes would be avoided if riders had only had a MICS on their helmets. I want to help get the word out so that street riders know about MICS and ask their local bike shop to stock them."

“I look forward to leveraging the full benefits of the TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads” added Noyes. “Everyone is extremely competitive these days and the Gripsters will help me gain additional control on my bike.”

Lean Angle Canada and Tech Spec USA encourage motorcycle enthusiasts to follow Noyes’ season at www.kennynoyes.com, on Facebook, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KennyNoyes and at www.leanangle.ca. You can also pick up a copy of Roadracing World magazine to read Kenny Noyes’ up coming column.

“It’s such a pleasure and an honour to have the support of such a talented rider like Kenny to help us launch and promote the MICS message throughout world.” said Steve Reed, President of Lean Angle Canada. “A rider of Kenny’s caliber understands more than most what the value of a few precious seconds can mean. I know he is going to be game on out there on the track and I look forward to seeing him tear it up on his Gripster equipped FTR.”

TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads and MICS are available at an ever expanding network of powersports dealers across North America. MICS will soon be available at dealers and retail locations throughout Europe. MICS are a mandatory safety device at the Canadian Superbike Series.

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