F341 black-250x250MotoGP star and British Superbike champion Cal Crutchlow had a cracking start to the 2013 World Championship in Le Mans.

Against all odds, Crutchlow made a career milestone securing second position on Sunday, whilst battling with a fractured leg and damaged knee from the previous FP4 session.

Flying past Valentino Rossi in the place where he suffered that near-fatal crash last year, it was clear that Crutchlow had his mind firmly focussed on the task in hand. His trademark bike the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 was a focal point of the event, spurring on thousands of fans and fellow riders to explore similar stylish motorcycle clothing and lids in the wake of the MotoGP World Championship.

North East retailer Proto Leathers are one such motorcycle clothing and helmet stockist who regularly see an increase in footfall and enquiries during the most significant bike races. Their range of RKsports clothing and Monster helmets have rocketed in popularity, as well as other unusual motorcycle helmets like the ‘black ops’ style Shark Raw.

Proto Leathers were found not in Le Mans last weekend, but at the BMF Motorcycle Show in Peterborough, where thousands of keen riders flocked to their stand to view the latest in motorcycle chic, with brands like Shoei helmets and Alpinestar motorcycle suits topping the style chain.

Proto Leathers are currently running an exciting competition to win a Nitro Apex Helmet, details of which can be found on their website http://protoleathers.co.uk.