Lorenzo switches from HJC to Shark

Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has decided to use Shark helmets this season after he suffered numerous problems with the HJC helmet he used last year. 

Lorenzo was denied a possible victory at the season-opening race in Qatar in 2015 as his helmet lining came loose and obscured his vision, ultimately leading to him finishing fourth. 

The Movistar Yamaha rider suffered helmet problems again at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone when he could not see properly after his visor misted up in the wet conditions. 

Having made the switch from HJC to Shark, Lorenzo hopes that he will not encounter any problems with his helmet in the upcoming season.

“I am very proud to be tackling the forthcoming seasons with such a prestigious brand as Shark, which has a long history in MotoGP,” Lorenzo told reporters. “For me, this represents a most exciting challenge and I am quite sure that, together, we will form a great team. I really hope that I can reward all this confidence they have placed in me with some major successes.”

Shark chairman Patrick Francois added: “We are very proud of the trust that Jorge Lorenzo has placed in our brand and in our helmets by joining the SHARK Racing Team for the forthcoming seasons of MotoGP. Having the chance to work with such a high-level experienced rider is a real opportunity for our brand, as his skills will enable us to push back the technical boundaries of our products.

“Jorge is aware that thanks to our leading position in the market for motorcycle equipment, we will be applying all our knowhow and expertise to every race in order to support him and fulfil all his expectations. We are certain that the quality of our products will meet with his full satisfaction and that this partnership will lead us all onward to resounding victories during the seasons to come!”

Lorenzo’s MotoGP title defence is set to begin at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on March 20.