Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo will kick off his 2016 campaign sporting a new helmet supplier. The 28-year-old Spaniard has recently inked a three-year contract with the acclaimed Shark Helmets brand of France.

The new deal was first announced through Jorge Lorenzo’s official webpage and social media sites, followed shortly after by a press release issued worldwide by Shark Helmets.

Image source: Jorge Lorenzo official Facebook
Image source: Jorge Lorenzo official Facebook

Interestingly, Lorenzo’s new deal with Shark has effectively concluded the saga between the Spaniard and his previous helmet supplier, HJC. Cracks between the Spaniard and the Korean helmet manufacturer began to form at the start of the 2015 season, culminating in two high profile controversies starting with the Qatar season-opener, followed by another during the British GP weekend.

The new deal between the Movistar Yamaha Factory Racing Team rider and the Shark Helmets brand has effectively signalled the end of the HJC-Lorenzo partnership  – Lorenzo and HJC had a two-year contract that reportedly lasts until the end of the 2016 season.

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Despite the change in supplier, Lorenzo will likely retain the same helmet design on his new Shark lids in the 2016 season.

Shark Race R Pro 2

Lorenzo will be donning the Shark Helmet’s brand range-topping Race-R PRO helmet throughout 2016.

Shortly after signing the deal, both Lorenzo and Shark Helmets chairman Patrick Francois expressed their delight and optimism. Lorenzo states, “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’s Patrick Francois further 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!”

Source: Shark Helmets and Jorge Lorenzo official page
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