Who is Alain Mestdagh

Belgian, born in 1959, Alain Mestdagh aka “Picasso” has always been one of the best known figures in Formula 1 and MotoGP.
His racing temperament was forged as a child when he was a kart racer and was exalted during his military service when he met the motorcycle championship rider Didier de Radigues.
He commenced as a painter in the Belgian rider’s team and from there, Picasso’s career took off: in 1986 he was a component of Team Chevallier; in 1987 thanks to the team manager Francis Battà, he entered the Cagiva family as bodywork painter and technician. In 1989 he passed to Aprilia, working as trackside mechanic and in the modeling unit.

In the mid ’90s the stimulating collaboration with Lamborghini F1 started; Italy had by then become Picasso’s second homeland who, in the Sant’Agata Bolognese workshop, specialized in production in carbonfiber.
In 1991 he founded Picasso Racing Components, a company specialized in manufacturing using carbonfiber and Kevlar.
“Initially I didn’t have funds” Alain Mestdagh proudly says, “but within five years I already had twenty one employees. An example of our production? Loris Capirossi’s Dainese gloves were produced by PRC.”

In 1999 “Picasso” invented a special system for combining hard and flexible composite materials into one, which he patented under the name Carbon Wear. He thus started a series of fruitful collaborations with the principal manufacturers involved in motor racing, but the crisis which hit the motorcycle industry starting in 2008 forced him to scale down his operations.
The moment arrived for him to differentiate and explore new technologies, materials and industry sectors.
Picasso invents Softcarbon (™), an innovative ultra resistant, refined and elegant carbonfiber fabric, which earn him the courtship of the principal Italian, French and Japanese fashion industry.
Today PRC is strongly involved with haute couture frontline atelier, mainly handbags and leatherwear.
“We have plans to continue perfecting our carbonfiber production processes together with aerodynamic development” confirms Mestdagh, “integrating thirty years of racing experience with the styling departments of the most prestigious fashion companies we collaborate with.”
“In this sense, CarbonDrone and DevilRay were born from this intentions to create an object unique in study, materials and attitudes. An object accessible to few.”