Sean Dylan Kelly and Roger Hayden unveil the new commemorative Nicky Hayden helmet from Arai.
Arai has introduced a new Nicky Reset graphic on its popular Arai Corsair-X helmet. The helmet design was worn by Nicky Hayden at the 2013 MotoGP test at Valencia, and after just that one appearance, it became an iconic design. It’s been frequently requested by fans ever since, and now, the graphic will be available to the public.
In celebration of the launch, Arai and MotoAmerica Supersport rider Sean Dylan Kelly debuted the Nicky Reset Arai Corsair-X in the paddock at Brainerd International Raceway, in advance of the MotoAmerica race weekend, which begins tomorrow. Kelly is currently leading the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship by 31 points.
According to Arai, the Corsair-X has a long reputation as one of the most-advanced, highest-quality helmets available anywhere in the world. It represents the culmination of Arai’s vast experience in helmet design and unwavering focus on rider protection. And, with features like the ingenious VAS shield mechanism, dramatically improved airflow and ventilation, and an odor-resistant liner, the Corsair-X has certainly earned its place as Arai’s flagship model.
“We are extremely excited to be able to make the Nicky Reset graphic available on the Corsair-X,” commented Brian Weston, Managing Director of Arai Helmet, Inc. “There have been so many requests for the Reset graphic over the years, and now, we are thrilled to be able to offer it to our customers.”
A Statement from the Hayden Family:
“Sometime after Nicky’s passing, the family collectively agreed that we wanted to keep his memory and legacy alive to honor all that he had achieved and all the lives he had touched in such a short period of time.
One of the most recognized things we thought that can be immediately connected to Nicky was his helmet replicas. Over the years Nicky had dozens of designs that fans around the world chose to wear while riding as a sign of loyalty and respect for him.
It is for those fans that we chose to work with Arai to continue producing Nicky’s replicas. If it weren’t for the fans and their continued loyalty and desire for new Nicky’s designs, we wouldn’t continue. But the fans continue to ask for Nicky replicas, so we feel compelled to make them available.
Since his passing, we have produced replicas Nicky wore in the heat of competition, and even brought back one of his all-time fan favorites – the Nicky Laguna. Now we find ourselves with a demand for a fan favorite that Nicky did wear, but never in competition and was never offered as a replica.
The Reset was a special one-off design that Nicky wore only once during off-season testing at Valencia in 2013, symbolizing his return to a familiar ride and visualized his need to reset himself for that challenge.
At that time there was talk about making the Reset a replica, but for one reason or another, it just never happened.
Now, as demand for a new design started to build, we worked with Arai to review fan feedback and found quite a bit for the Reset design. Then considering the current world situation, we thought the idea of the Reset was perfect timing.
Therefore, the Hayden Family and Arai will again honor Nicky’s memory and keep his legacy alive with this latest Nicky Reset replica.
We wish to thank all the fans who asked for this design and wear it proudly, keeping Nicky’s memory alive.”
Kelly will exclusively wear the helmet this weekend while he competes in two MotoAmerica Supersport races at Brainerd International Raceway. The Nicky Reset Corsair-X helmet will be available through your favorite Arai dealers and Arai online retailers beginning in early August 2021.