This is a beautiful Johan Zarco replica helmet that is now available in the Shark Race R Pro Carbon range.
This is Zarco’s 2016 Moto2 helmet that he wore when he successfully won the 2016 Moto2 World Championship for the second time. The design features Zarco’s usual ‘flag’ based graphics, but the ‘rising sun’ design at the top of the helmet has been given a stunning looking gold and black treatment to celebrate his Championship victory.
The helmet is really beautiful with the underlying carbon fibre showing through the shell on all the dark areas. The rear of the helmet has a number ‘1’ in a wreath as a mark of Zarco’s achievements.
Be aware that this helmet has been developed as a race helmet so everyday riders looking for something for the daily commute may find it a bit unforgiving. The fact that this is intended as a race-specification helmet is reflected in the price, but to Shark’s credit it is still cheaper that some other race-specification helmet models from other leading brands.
Official Description of the Johan Zarco Shark Race-R Pro helmet:
The Shark Race-R Pro Carbon Johann Zarco is the leading Shark race helmet in replica graphics from his Moto2 Championship winning 2016 season. At just 1250g it’s one of the lightest helmets around. The shell is made from a blend of Carbon and Kevlar. It has been created as the flagship of the Shark’s line, and the Race-R Pro model contains a carbon belt in its most upscale version, making it one of the first helmets developed to rely on CFD technology (featuring computational fluid simulations). This simulation of aerodynamic performance adds the attributes of optimal ventilation and penetration through air, while still recognized as one of the world’s safest helmets, earning 5 stars in the SHARP crash test. A new price point makes this helmet an absolute must buy.
The Shark Race-R Pro Carbon has been designed with optimised aerodynamics, which together with the rear spoiler mean that it efficiently cuts through the air. The inner lining is made from a bamboo fibre for extra comfort and the quick release anti-scratch visor has been treated on the inside for anti-fogging. The helmet is secured with a double D-ring and the Shark Race-R Pro Carbon features a removable and washable inner lining (cool wash).
- ECE and ACU approved.
- Sharp 5 star rating.
- Developed to meet the demands required at the highest level of racing competition: lightness, stability, comfort, ventilation.
- Double blade spoiler to aid high speed aerodynamic force.
- Optical class 1 visor with variable density (2.8mm around edges and 4.25mm in centre) which offering near perfect optical quality.
- Patented 4 anchor point visor safety lock.
- Magnetic chin strap.
- Shell constructed from carbon fibre and kevlar.
- Anti-scratch & anti-fog visor treatment.
- Quick release visor system.
Shark Helmet sizing guide:
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360 degree video view of this beautiful Johann Zarco helmet:
Here is our view and opinion on the Johann Zarco Race-R Pro Carbon helmet:
Firstly, as premium race replica helmets go, the Shark Race R range is actually pretty affordable, sure it is expensive at over £500 but it is competitive when stacked up against other premium race helmet brands with race replica graphics. But price isn’t everything and the Shark Race R has received a 5 star SHARP safety rating which is reassuring to know. The range also has very sleek and aggressive lines, and the helmet looks like it is ready to slice through the air.
The shell is made from carbon fiber which not only gives it a wonderful look, it also gives the helmet extra-strength, without needing to increase the overall weight of it. In fact this model is one of the lightest race replicas you’ll find out there at 1250g. The shell has also been influenced by feedback from professional racers and it is shaped to minimise air resistance with the sharp and aerodynamic design. The actual shell comes in 2 sizes and it is more of an oval shape, as opposed to round, allowing air to flow more easily around the helmet and reducing resistance at high speed. The shell also features a rather unique double spoiler built into it at the rear – two blades can be found at the upper-rear part of the helmet to minimize drag at high speed – a nice touch.
Okay, let me put it this way, you won’t be short of ventilation on this Shark model as it comes with eleven intake and exhaust vents. The vents can be manually adjusted allowing the rider to define the volume of air that can come through the vents. The vents have basic positions that are easily adjusted so you can have them open, filtered and even closed. The vents are positioned at various points around the helmet so you can really customise how you want the airflow to move around the interior of the lid – for example, there are a couple of vents at the top and rear that are positioned to allow the air to cool the back of your head, while at the same time creating a vacuum that pulls air from the front of the helmet fully through to the rest of the interior.
The visor seems slightly thicker than other models giving it a more sturdy feel, presumably optimised for high speed and track riding. Removing the visor is pretty simple, there is a clasp on either side that allows you to swap the visor out easily. Shark have also given the visor a special anti-scratch coating to make it last longer, and it also comes with an anti-fog treatment, although we never had the chance to test this feature out.
The lining in the helmet is very thick, it gives the feeling of extra security, but it may take a bit of getting used to if this is your first Shark helmet – it took us a few days to shake off the feeling that it was too tight, however the good news here is that the padding can be ordered in multiple sizes, so maybe we just had the wrong one for our head. There is also space inside for a communication syatem – assuming you buy an official Sharktooth one, as the space is basically optimised to fit with their own brand.
Anyway, dont just take our word for it, check out Revzilla’s review of the Shark Race-R Pro helmet in the video review below:
Image gallery of the Johann Zarco Shark helmet:
Price and where to buy it:
Like we mentioned, for a premium race specification helmet the Shark Race R Pro Carbon is pretty cheap when compared to other models and usually retails around the sub £600 / $750 mark, but you can usually get deeper discounts online, so check the links below. Be aware that this Johann Zarco helmet is only being released in Limited Numbers and only 1000 units are being made available worldwide.
Where to buy it:
|Get it from SportsBikeShop.co.uk, great for UK and EU bikers. They ship globally also. Recommended.|
|Get it from FC-Moto.com who sometimes stock of this rare replica. They ship globally also. Recommended.|
|Get it from GhostBikes.com great for UK and Europe, but also ship globally.|
|Get it from GetGeared.co.uk who hold stock of this replica.|
|Get it from Motoin.de, based in Germany so great for UK and Europe, but also ship globally.|
|You can also get stock from a variety of sellers on|