Lorenzo confirms Shark switch after HJC helmet problems

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Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo has confirmed his widely speculated switch to Shark helmets, after suffering repeated problems with his HJC throughout the 2015 season.

Losing out on a chance at race victory in the season-opening Qatar round when his helmet lining came loose and covered his eyes, he was further thwarted at Silverstone in the rain after his visor misted up.

However, the champion says he’s delighted to have made the switch to the French-made manufacturer, as he prepares to wear their Race-R Pro.

“I am very proud to be tackling the forthcoming seasons with such a prestigious brand as Shark, which has a long history in MotoGP. 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!”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer