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Meet our Riders

OUR RIDERS
SHARING THE REV’IT! PHILOSOPHY

As a company, we’re known to shake up the established order. Challenging the status quo is in our DNA, and our rider base reflects this mentality; each taking different paths to become a professional motorcycle racer. Allows us to give you a little insight before introducing our class of 2019.

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DEVELOPING FORTHE LOVE OF RACING

Ever since we produced our first leather racing suit back in 1997, we encouraged racers around the world to test it to the limits… And beyond. Then, inspired by feedback coming from various national championships, and fueled by our constant desire to improve our products, we stepped it up to the pinnacle of Motorsports in 2008: MotoGP.

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Álvaro Bautista
Randy de Puniet
Danilo Petrucci
Alex Rins

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SINCE 2008

Starting our MotoGP adventure with Frenchman, Randy de Puniet, accelerated our ambitions massively. With an analytical approach to development, Randy methodically pointed out improvements that saw our suits draw the attention of many other top riders, despite being a new kid on the block. Since then, we’ve become a household name inside the MotoGP paddock, as well as among track day enthusiasts.

Our shield logo has donned the backs of many riders since our entry into the top level of motorsports, such as Álvaro Bautista, Danilo Petrucci, Alex Rins, Simone Corsi, Bradley Smith and many more. Some riders are still riding with us today, and some aren’t. But each of them has made their mark on our constant drive to continuously improve and impress, on track as well as on the streets.

IN IT
TO WIN IT

Our primary goal is to acquire feedback from the world’s best riders, and to implement this knowledge into the development process of gear designed for sports and racing enthusiasts. However, our development ambitions go hand in hand with the love for motorsport. Numerous wins, podiums and championship titles have been achieved by REV’IT! riders across countless professional motorsport disciplines.

And with a list too long to mention, we don’t intend to stop any time soon. Even more so, we’re actually stepping up the pace. With a strong squad for 2019, all ingredients are there to extend our list.

Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present: the 2019 lineup of REV’IT! Riders…

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DANILOPETRUCCI

DUCATI FACTORY TEAM

Never competing at either Moto3 or Moto2, working his way up from the European Superstock series and being one of the tallest riders on a grid where every gram counts. You wouldn’t necessarily expect to make it to MotoGP with a CV like this, but Danilo proved critics wrong by not only becoming a fixed value on the grid for many years, but taking it to the top: becoming a factory Ducati rider!

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The story of Danilo’s journey to the pinnacle of motorsports reads like a novel. In his first seasons inside a financially troubled “Claiming Rule Team” (CRT), he showed his true colors; holding his head high and looking for positives when they were hard to find. Keeping his true feelings inside when doubting if he made the right decision, he rarely showed emotions. If he did, it was - again - in a positive way. Those who remember him wearing a cap with the word “Love” next to a lineup of rider’s wearing caps that predominantly sported energy drink brands understand.

We loved him for his character from the get-go. And still do! Furthermore, his ability to seize every opportunity on his underpowered CRT machinery whenever he found himself on more equal terms - racing in the wet, that is - not only got the attention of Pramac Racing’s respected team manager, Francesco Guidotti, as he landed on our radar as well.

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, the then newest addition to the REV’IT! rider lineup threw his leg over a true prototype MotoGP machine for the first time. And what a beast it was; otherworldly. The Ducati MotoGP bike, back then, came with a little baggage; a five-year winning drought. Danilo came close to breaking the dry spell when he chased down Valentino Rossi on a wet Silverstone track before eventually having to settle for an incredible second. When celebrating with him after the race, he had two things to say about the suit he was wearing during the race, “It smells like champagne and you cannot have it back.”

Fast forward to the present. We’ve celebrated six solid podium finishes and we’ve bitten our nails on many occasions while he was fighting for the top spots - in the wet and the dry. We’re now starting a fresh chapter of our relationship we call “Red,” as he will take it to the sharp end of the pack inside what could be the most passionate team on the grid: the Factory Ducati racing team. If anything, 2019 already proved that dreams can come true.

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augustoFERNANDEZ

PONS HP40

A new REV’IT! recruit for 2019 and one with a promising future. Landing yourself a permanent spot inside the MotoGP paddock isn’t easy, and typically, it’s a well-paved path from the Moto3 Junior World Championship. But those who manage to make their way through a different route are often the riders with a story behind them. As is the case with Augusto.

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Like fellow REV’IT! rider, Danilo Petrucci, Augusto made his mark on the racing world through stock-based machinery in the Stock 600 class, finishing 4th in the championship and winning the last race of the season while battling against then REV’IT! rider and crowned champion, Toprak Razgatlioglu. From then on, he set his sights on the prototype Moto2 series, finishing 5th in the European Championship in 2016 and becoming crowned Rookie of the Year.

With just one year under his belt, he jumped at the opportunity to step up to the World Championship midway in 2017 as a substitute rider, proving his worth by learning quickly and finishing inside the points on multiple occasions.

Despite his impressive efforts in 2017, they unfortunately didn’t land him a permanent seat for 2018. That said, he was once again called upon to substitute. This time inside the highly regarded Pons Racing team. As a non-regular contender, he raised quite a few eyebrows. Not only did he score points in every race he finished, but he also scored various top-10 finishes including a 4th position that saw him miss the rostrum by just a thousandth of a second.

This year comes with the well-deserved reward of becoming a fixed value on the grid, racing for the Pons Racing Team. Those who remember our stint with Alex Rins inside the same team will understand why we are looking forward to the upcoming season, and a bright future ahead of us together with Augusto.

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STEVENODENDAAL

NTS RW RACING GP

The MotoGP paddock can be a tough environment, where young riders either make it or break it. Riders who competed at the top end of their national championships suddenly find themselves in a field full of the best riders from around the world racing each other. When you’re used to winning, not being able to bring it home in the points can break morale. Steven Odendaal shows that there are ways to bounce back, re-entering the Moto2 world championship last year after a five-years absence. And after raising more than a few eyebrows in 2018, he will start 2019 with a mission.

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First making his appearance as a wildcard inside the Moto2 World Championship in 2011, Steven landed himself a full-season deal for 2013. After having a tough time, the then 20-year-old South African had to leave as quickly as he came. For most, this would’ve meant the end of a dream. Character, determination and self-belief saw him going back to the drawing board with more hunger than before. Not only did he re-enter the European Championship, he put in as many miles on track as possible, which saw him win the South African Super 600 championship.

The big break on his way back to the highest level came in 2016 when he became European Champion with six wins behind his name, showing everybody the way to bounce back. In 2017, we saw him make a brave move; climbing aboard the new project of Japanese chassis manufacturer NTS. He showed what he was made of once again, and by claiming third in the championship, he also found himself on the road to returning to what he worked so hard for: the Moto2 World Championship.

Re-entering the championship with a new-to-the-series chassis was an uphill battle at times, but rarely would a setback show on Steven’s face. Knowing the season was all about dialing in the team structure for the switch to the Triumph engine for 2019, Steven had a point to prove - or to achieve - as he left the championship empty handed in 2013 when it came to championship points. Being close all year, he managed to get himself inside the points on multiple occasions, taking away that mental barrier prior to when the cards get reshuffled and when all teams switch engine supplier.

At the moment of writing this, we just finished the winter test with the brand new engine, and Steven already put the family name out there, mastering tough conditions to take the top spot. It’s not a lot to go by as testing is testing, but it shows you the racer behind the man, and one to keep an eye out for.

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BOBENDSNEYDER

NTS RW RACING GP

We speak the same language as Bo. And that’s not just because we’re both Dutch by origin! A rider who sees opportunities in challenges, “Bad Boy” Bo has experienced a steep learning curve in which he often left the competition behind before quickly taking it to the next level.

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That steep learning curve, for 2019, that means jumping on a new adventure: a new chassis, new engine and new team. And a new suit, of course. We’re excited to watch Bo progress in this competitive group, and to use whatever challenges come his way to propel him forward.

Steady progress in the national junior championships - becoming Dutch champion in the Honda NSF100 class, the Yamaha R125cup and the Moriwaki GP3 Junior Cup - saw Bo land inside the Red Bull Rookies cup in 2014. After a successful first campaign, including a victory in front of his home crowd, he dominated the series the year after, starting every race from pole or second place, taking eight victories and two more podiums on his way to being crowned champion.

Two years inside the Moto3 World Championship followed, finishing on the podium twice in his rookie year before stepping it up to the Moto2 class in 2018. On machinery known to be inferior in comparison to the competition, he took his fight to the track nonetheless. An up and down season ended early due to injury, but Bo made his mark showing his speed and breaking the psychological barrier by scoring points in his first season in the intermediate class.

On our radar for some time, 2019 marks the start of us working with Bo. Knowing he has a special skill for adapting to new machinery, Bo looks to get up to speed quickly with the new NTS chassis and the Triumph engine when the cards get reshuffled at the start of the season. And we’re looking forward to seeing our fellow Dutchman show steady progress during his - and our - new adventure.

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JAUMEMASIÀ

BESTER CAPITAL DUBAI

Crowned “Rookie of the Year” in 2018, Jaume is determined to manifest himself even more in the front group in 2019, and with all the right ingredients at his disposal. Sticking with the same team with whom he qualified on the front row of the grid three times, and with whom he recorded two fastest laps of the race. And he’s definitely got a lot more in store.

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Called upon as a substitute for an injured rider in 2017 after winning races in the Junior World Championship, Jaume impressed on his first outing by setting the fastest lap of the race, as well as taking the fight to the front group, before ending the race in a respectable 9th position in the tight-fought Moto3 pack. Another top-10 finish and solid progression put him on top of the wish list of many teams, which saw him become a fixed value on the World Championship grid for 2018, the year in which we started our journey together.

We got to know Jaume as a determined rider, bouncing back from misfortune to come back stronger. Those who’ve seen him sporting his signature smile while walking with crutches have caught a glimpse of his unbreakable spirit, and the staff at the incredible Clinica Mobile have looked at his determination with great question marks before having to declare him unfit at some point last season.

Building upon his experience from being a rookie, Jaume has a clear idea of what the 2019 should look like. Training hard and his ability to work on even the smallest of details is a breath of fresh air, and he already made his mark on developing his riding gear to cater for his needs in regard to his riding style.

With great pleasure we started our relationship to nurture the future generation, and since the whole paddock has seen his smile, the only place we haven’t seen it yet is on the podium. Yet, that is, as the speed is there with skills to match. Roll on, 2019!

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LORENZODALLA PORTA

LEOPARD RACING

A year of many new recruits for our REV’IT! Racing squad, including another Italian stallion in the shape of last year’s San Marino race winner, Lorenzo Dalla Porta. After a few early up-and-down seasons it all clicked for him last year, and with great results came an even greater goal.

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After finishing his first full season in 2017 on a minor key on the Mahindra bike - it didn’t go quite as planned - Lorenzo caught a break by being scouted by the Leopard squad. Inside the squad that clinched the Moto3 World Championship title twice before, he showed his skills, making full use of the Honda machinery.

After finishing in 3rd place at the season’s opener in Qatar, Lorenzo added four more podiums to his tally including a sensational win in Misano where he beat Jorge Martin by just .058 across the finish line. Despite some misfortune in other races, Lorenzo managed to end the season in fifth place overall.

Fast forward to 2019, when we start our first year together. A proven race winner, Lorenzo will take a combination of experience and the stability of proceeding with the same team to the table to take the fight to the pack with one goal: winning the World Championship title. With most of his competitors from 2018 moving away from the Moto3 class, he has the right cards in hand to succeed, but as down to earth as he is, he knows it won’t be easy as the next generation of quick learners have already shown their abilities.

One thing we know for sure is that Lorenzo will battle all the way to the finish line to make his dream come true. And with a great character off track and a fighter mentality on the grid, we look forward to our first season together.

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RANDYDE PUNIET

LCR E-TEAM

Ironically, it’s our longest serving REV’IT! rider, Randy de Puniet, who brings us into the future by competing in the inaugural MotoE season. Racing in this high-octane-yet zero-emission class, we’re sure the lack of sound and smell will be made up for by close fought battles between young riders and those who already made their mark on racing in classes all the way up to MotoGP. And we’re happy to have a front row seat to the party with Randy on the grid.

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It all started with Randy… He was the first-ever MotoGP racer to ride in a REV’IT! suit in Qatar in 2008. It was the first-ever race to be he held under floodlights, and we saw him start his LCR Honda from 5th on the grid to finish well inside the top-10 bringing it home in 9th position.

Since that very race, we’ve enjoyed many adventures with Randy, seeing him compete aboard Honda, Ducati, ART and Suzuki material inside MotoGP, a year of World Superbikes aboard Suzuki, and numerous successes in the World Endurance championship, all while stepping onto the podium at the Suzuka 8 hours race.

Aside from his competitive duties, Randy has played a crucial role in the return and arrival of both Suzuki and KTM inside the MotoGP class. His feedback has been of great value to both manufacturers, something we already knew as it was his feedback that kickstarted the evolution of our MotoGP suits back in 2008.

Fast forward to 2019, our veteran rider returns to the LCR team, leaving the well-known path of racing bikes equipped with combustion engines to try something new: bring on MotoE!

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ÁLVAROBAUTISTA

ARUBA.IT FACTORY DUCATI

It’s hard to believe that a decade has already gone by. But that’s the case with working with Álvaro Bautista and we’ll be starting a new chapter together. As of 2019, and after nine years of fighting at the sharp end of the MotoGP pack, he takes on the challenge of bringing the crown back to Bologna as he goes to fight for the World Superbike Championship title aboard the brand new Ducati Panigale V4R inside the factory squad.

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Back in 2010, Álvaro debuted as a factory Suzuki rider in MotoGP after his successful years in the smaller two-stroke classes. As a 125cc World Champion and multiple 250cc race winner, his MotoGP career saw him jump on various machinery while always getting quickly up to speed.

Nine seasons inside the pinnacle of motorsport has shaped Álvaro into a fast, quickly adapting and experienced rider. Taking a grand total of 49 podium finishes across all classes in the MotoGP paddock, he is looking to add more to his tally inside the World Superbike class, a category dominated by one rider for the past four seasons.

Álvaro is no stranger to the Factory Ducati squad, as he substituted for Jorge Lorenzo during the Australian MotoGP, finishing just outside of the podium in 4th position after battling it out for the win. Despite the differences between MotoGP and World Superbikes, his experience in MotoGP will prove invaluable aboard his first year inside the new class.

He will jump aboard the all new Ducati Panigale V4R, the first ever four cylinder bike Ducati brings to the World Superbike Championship, and there are more similarities between that bike and the Desmosedici GP17 that he competed on last year. Aerodynamics, engine characteristics and dimensions are quite similar, and his strong pace on his first outing during the winter tests shows there’s enough to look forward to. We definitely can’t wait!

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PJJACOBSEN

HSBK/Celtic Racing
Team Nila/Coolbeth Racing

A REV’IT! Rider for many years now, PJ has taken us from the US to the World Stage and back again. Being one of the few US-based riders who recently pulled it off to race at the top end of the World Championship pack.

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He returns to a stronger American national championship with one goal in mind: win the MotoAmerica Supersport championship. On top of that, he has something else up his sleeve to prove - that it’s not always a bad thing to go sideways at some point of your career.

The 2019 season will be all about reuniting for PJ. He’ll ride for HSBK/Celtic Racing, the same team he was a part of when we started working with PJ. As a renowned racing bike builder, the squad turned away from running their own team five years ago, returning now to the grid together with PJ, combining forces once again with their sights on race wins and a possible championship title.

Returning to the Celtic squad isn’t the only reunion. Aside from road racing, PJ has a double agenda as he will also contest the 2019 American Flat Track series. With over 30 national titles behind his belt, there are still a few goals he wants to accomplish going sideways on the dirt.

Reunited with his old passion and old team, PJ is determined to add national titles to his name and to find his way back to winning ways. Cheered on by his home crowd, and fueled by thundering flat track arenas, we are looking forward to seeing him stepping back onto the top step both on the asphalt, as well as the dirt.

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Photos: Zach Bolena – zbfoto.com @zachbatx.moto

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