Asterisk Is Changing The Game, Again
If you're an eagle-eyed race fan, you've probably noticed many of the top racers sporting mysterious stickers on each side of their nose on race day. What are they? The stickers are half of an amazing new invention from Jim Castillo, the same genius that invented the CTi and Asterisk knee brace decades ago.
Motocross is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world, and its athletes are like finely tuned machines themselves. One thing that all machines—motorcycles and athletes alike—benefit from, is greater airflow. The new Asterisk AC System helps riders breathe more freely through their nose. How does it work? Stickers are placed on each side of your nose. Inside them, is a small metal disc. A clip containing two powerful magnets is fastened to the nose bridge of your goggles, and when the goggles are worn, the magnets literally pull your nostrils open.
When you exercise, acidity levels in your body rise and this produces fatigue. The most natural response is hyperventilation, or deep mouth breathing. Mouth breathing, however, expels higher levels of carbon dioxide than nose breathing, and the most desirable combination for you body to produce maximum energy is a low pH level and a higher concentration of carbon dioxide. In a nutshell, what does this mean? Breathing in and out through your nose while riding will allow your body to absorb oxygen into your bloodstream more efficiently, thereby producing greater energy and mental clarity. Breathing through your nose during strenuous activity is harder than mouth breathing, though, and that's where the Asterisk invention comes in.
"I can really tell that the magnets help my breathing," said Western Regional 250 Supercross Championship leader Cooper Webb. "I started using them when I was sick and they helped tremendously, and I have continued to use them ever since and they are awesome. I am a big fan."
Sentiments from all of the riders who have raced with the magnets are the same: the amazing amount of air you are able to breathe through your nose helps prevent arm pump and fatigue, and yield a greater ability to focus on the track. Webb, Cole Seely, Blake Baggett, Broc Tickle, James and Malcolm Stewart, Jake Weimer, Dean Wilson, Josh Grant, Aaron Plessinger, and Jessy Nelson, are among the racers who have ridden with them.
"I was blown away the first time I wore them," said Tickle. "I wear a heart rate monitor while I race and my average heart rate was much lower with them. I also didn't get any arm pump!"
We've ridden with an early prototype of the system, and the sensation is mind-blowing. From the way your nostrils "snap open" when you put your goggles on, to the ease in which they allow you to inhale and exhale through your nose…like the knee brace, this is a product that is going to change the face of the sport.