Mr. Michio Arai receives first-ever Nicolas Rodil del Valle Gold Medal awarded to a manufacturer of rider safety equipment.
On November 30th, in Monaco, Monte Carlo, Arai Helmet received the first-ever Nicolas Rodil del Valle Gold Medal from the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) as a manufacturer of protective equipment for motorcycle riders. Mr. Michio Arai was awarded the Gold Medal and praised for meritorious service by the FIM as president and representative of Arai Helmet, Ltd. based in Omiya City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
The FIM is an international organization that supervises motorcycle sports in more than 80 countries around the world. Based in Switzerland, the FIM is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as well. The gold medal (first presented in 1983) is awarded to persons with significant contributions to two-wheel racing and business management and is awarded only when there is a qualified person. The FIM awarded Mr. Arai this medal for “achievement in contributions to the safety of many riders and numerous advancements to motorcycle sports over many years.” Furthermore, while Mr. Arai is the 23rd person awarded this gold medal, he is the first-ever awarded as a maker of rider safety equipment.
Understanding the reason for the award, Arai continues to make helmets without compromise for the sake of rider protection since the company’s founding as the first motorcycle helmet manufacturer in Japan. It’s not an exaggeration to say these contributions are recognized around the world by the granting of this award. Mr. Arai received the award directly from the FIM on November 30th in Monte Carlo, Monaco, at the 2019 FIM Awards Ceremony General Meeting.