Jorge Lorenzo signs deal with Shark Helmets for 2016 MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo signs new deal with Shark Helemts - The French company chairman Patrick Francois

Jorge Lorenzo signs new deal with Shark Helemts – The French company chairman Patrick Francois

Defending MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo signed a contract with French manufacturer Shark Helmets for 2016 season.

The Spaniard split with HJC Helmets following trouble during the 2015 season. Two times HJC Helmets problems push down his results, first one at Qatar and second one at Silverstone.

At Qatar he trying to pick out a braking point at speeds approaching 350km/h is hard enough at the best of times; Lorenzo was forced to do so half-blind.

“Suddenly there was something wrong when in the top part of the helmet the foam came loose and came down so I lost half of my vision,” Lorenzo lamented after the race.

“I couldn’t see the corners very well and couldn‘t concentrate or ride like before and I was losing half a second or more per lap.

“In a race where, at minimum I could fight for the win, I finished fourth.”

Trouble during the Silverstone wet condition – once again Lorenzo missing the podium finish and placing the blame squarely on his lid.

“The problem was when it started raining more and the temperature went down and I caught Andrea I couldn’t see. I completely lost my vision, because the visor was foggy,” Lorenzo said.

“The third place was possible. I don’t think I could have caught Petrucci, but the third place was probably mine. So today the foggy visor lost me three points and it’s the second time this year that I’ve lost points because of the helmet.

“I cannot tell you what is going to happen in the future but for sure we have problems with it.”

Shark Helmets is well-known to the world of racing; over the years the helmet maker has supported notable riders in MotoGP and WSBK, some of which have included: Troy Corser, Olivier Jacque, Carl Fogarty, and Randy De Puniet,

In the press release published yesterday, Jorge Lorenzo spoke with kindness regarding his departure, sharing his thanks for HJC’s support over the years, “It was not an easy decision, but after three seasons in HJC Helmets, it’s time to part ways.

I want to thank especially HJC and the Hong family for their work and support they have given me unconditionally over the past three years,” said the Spanish champion.

He continued by stating, “I am very happy to address the coming seasons with a brand like Shark, which has a long history in professional motorcycling.”

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