With the Snell M2010 Standard hitting the streets in various helmets this year there have been many questions raised.
To alleviate any confusion surrounding AMA Racing Rules of Helmet regulations, here are the rules from the 2010 AMA Rulebooks in regards to ECE and SNELL approved helmets. If you read below, you will see that AMA accepts that the helmet must conform to “one” of the following standards.
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AMA Pro RoadRacing Rule Book 2010
3.26 Rider Apparel
i. Riders must wear helmets at all times when riding on track.
ii. Helmets must be of the full face type.
iii. The helmet must conform to one of the following recognized
standards and have a label affixed certifying its approval.
BSI: 6658 Type A
USA: Snell M2005 / Snell M2010
(The current Snell M2005 helmet standard will remain valid
until the end of 2011)
United Nations: Regulation ECE 22.05 P’
Japan: JIS 8133:2000 / JIS 8133:2007
(The current JIS 8133:2000 standard will remain valid until the
end of 2011)
iv. It is recommended that all helmets used in competition be
equipped with a commercially manufactured emergency helmet
removal device such as the Hats Off device. An approved list of
emergency helmet devices is available from AMA Pro Racing.
v. Face shields must be shatter resistant.
AMA 2010 Rule book for Track Road Racing:
1. A rider must wear a helmet at all times when riding on a
track or course. Helmets must be of the full-face or fullcoverage
type. In contests of speed, all riders must utilize
a shatterproof face shield or shatterproof goggles. The
helmet must conform to one of the following recognized
standards and have a label affixed certifying its approval:
USA: Snell M2005, M2010 or DOT FMVSS 218
Europe: Regulation ECE 22-04, ECE 22-05 P’
UK: BSI 6658 Type A
Japan: JIS T 8133:2
Any of the FIM SFI approved certifications.
Hope this helps narrow your motorcycle helmet search!