With an already extensive experience in the fashion industry, 1982 marked the birth of the brand “Vircos Pelle”, or “Vircos Leather” in English. Working with the industry leaders in fashion at the time -after all we are talking Italy-, Vircos produced leather fashion garments under its own name using state of the art techniques combined with forward thinking when it comes to fashion and design. With that knowledge it is easier to understand why still today every Vircos product is created with the highest attention to detail.
Forty years of Vircos: a history that defines the future.
An uncountable number of riders have experienced the benefits of a Vircos racing suit over the past decades. And while we are a household name inside the MotoGP paddock today, let us take you back to where it all began to show you what happened in the meantime.
Being a product-purist, Vircos founder Aldo de Agnoi felt an itch to add function to fashion. After almost two decades of working solely focused on the fashion industry, Vircos shifted towards the motorcycle industry at the start of the new millennium with one goal in mind: create the best motorcycle racing suits for the highest demanding riders and racers around the world.
With dedication and attention to detail at the forefront, Vircos suits quickly got recognized by racers looking to bring down their laptimes while upping their protection. To make sure our service level matched our ambitions, we decided to share the paddock together with our customers. Since 2002, two years after producing our first racing suit, we offer the highest level of service from directly inside the paddock. Something we still do in numerous paddocks around the world today.
With a primary focus on safety and fit, looks have never been forgotten when looking to improve existing products. In 2007 an investment was made that enabled in-house printing for badges and logos that found their way onto our suits. With modern direct printing techniques as today’s standards, one must understand that the alternative back in 2007 was to stitch on textile or embroidered patches on a smooth leather suit. In-house printing proved a world of difference in looks, with the advantages of being lighter and more aerodynamic.
Sharing a passion for racing with those who we produce suits for, we too dream the dream of being successful in world championship racing. At the first race of the 2009 season, held on an unusual Monday due to adverse weather conditions, we truly felt like dreaming when we first saw the Vircos brand on the podium inside the MotoGP paddock. Recently retired Jules Cluzel took second in the 250cc GP on that historic day, filling us with pride and increasing our hunger for success at the same time.
Never afraid to innovate, we developed our own airbag system over a decade ago. Launched in 2012, the Vircos “AIR-GAP” system offered a partially mechanic, partially electronic airbag system that added protection to the pelvis and hips. While airbag systems are indispensable in today’s era of motorcycle racing, back in 2012 it was early days for motorcycle airbags in general. Convinced about the benefits of an airbag and with our own development process behind us, we understand which system works best in our goal to create the ultimate motorcycle racing suit today.
Who better to judge the quality of any MotoGP spec product than a MotoGP rider? Right: a MotoGP Factory test rider. 2015 saw us partner up with Ducati Factory test rider Michele Pirro. A former fixed value on the MotoGP grid, Michele was called upon by the Bologna factory to play a significant role in the development of their Desmosedici MotoGP bike while achieving solid results during his many wildcard appearances. His analytic approach has proven valuable to the improvement of the Ducati, and likewise to the way a Vircos suit looks today.
With years of active involvement inside the MotoGP paddock, 2017 saw us step it up by entering this very paddock with our Vircos MotoGP Racing Service Truck. Already committed to offering full service to the CIV paddock in the Italian championship, we decided that in order to make the next step inside the pinnacle of motorsport we needed to be closer to the action. A decision that received a great reward later that season, when Vircos rider Mattia Pasini took the Moto2 victory at our home GP in Mugello.
With numerous innovations filed under the Vircos brand name, we are not afraid to integrate innovation when together it creates the best solution for our riders. Enter stage left: TechAir®. This tried and tested airbag systems is known to be an industry leading solution, and clever development of the Vircos pattern means the TechAir® system blends right in with our suits. Hard to notice when riding or racing, while impossible not to notice in case of an unfortunate crash.
Realizing that talent alone is not enough for young riders to make it to the main stage, we decided to become class sponsor of the Premoto3 championship inside the CIV paddock. By committing ourselves to offering a TechAir® equipped Vircos made to measure racing suit to every rider in the class we ensured the future of motorcycle racing was protected up to the requirements.
Adding to our focus on the future, 2021 was a year in which we focused on altering some of our internal processes, aiming for a more sustainable way of working. As a result, we started using a greater share of synthetic and non-animal originated materials in our products. At the same time we introduced bio-tanned leather, eliminating the need for chromium metal in the leather we use. Icing on the cake so far was the implementation of our UV printing machine, which reduces the presence of plastics in our suits by up to 35%, and reduces the use of solvent based inks by 50%.
With four decades of past, 2022 marked the start of the decades to come. Since 1982, Vircos has grown from a fashion oriented artisanal brand to an industry leading brand in creating high-tech, made to measure motorcycle suits. Our ambitions are seemingly endless, and after a long-lasting relationship with REV’IT! as their partner inside the motorcycle racing world, the Vircos brand was acquired by REV’IT! in August 2022. Sharing the same ambitions and a similar brand DNA, both companies will continue as separate brands doing what each brand does best while creating a perfect synergy behind the scenes.