The weekend after his son start’s riding, Dr Chris Leatt witnesses the death of fellow rider, Alan Selby. He’s moved to begin designing his first neck brace prototypes.
Dr. Leatt sold the first Leatt neck brace in South Africa.
At EICMA, BMW documents the Leatt neck brace. Later that year, the final mass produced versions of the neck brace finally make it to market. Dr. Leatt & Andreas Geisinger introduced the product at the 6th International Motorcycle Conference in Cologne, Germany.
The Leatt neck brace featured on the cover of RacerX. Awarded Product of the Year by the same publication. Motocross Action gives Leatt a 5/5 star product rating A critically injured David Bailey releases a video encouraging the use of the Leatt neck braces for all riders. Demand for the product spikes.
World renowned Leatt Lab founded.
Leatt receives the SAMIA Award for Outstanding Safety Achievement. Winner of the 2009 Innovations Award at Eurobike. Readers of Motocross Action vote the Leatt neck brace ‘Product of the Decade’.
DBX, the first bicycle-specific neck brace system is introduced and wins the BrandNew Award (in the Safety Equipment category) at BikeExpo in Germany. Downhill Mountain Bike star, Sam Hill, returns from an injury to take the World Championships while wearing this new DBX brace. Ryan Dungey wins the SuperCross Championship, convincingly, wearing the GPX neck brace.
The STX neck brace for road going motorcycle riders is introduced at the Dealer EXPO in February.
Transworld Motocross Magazine awards “Product Of The Year” to the new chest protector Pro Lite remarking on it’s unsurpassed levels of protection.
Cyril Despres wins his 5th Dakar race wearing the GPX neck brace along with Leatt body protection and Leatt hydration system. MRX automotive head and neck restraint system is introduced at the Performance Racing Industry trade show. Racer X magazine rates Leatt neck braces as the Reader’s Choice for neck protection for the 5th year in a row. Press launch of the Leatt C-Frame knee brace.