For the 2012 MotoGP at Mugello, a place where Valentino Rossi usually reveals a special helmet design, Jorge Lorenzo showed up with a one-off design to upstage The Doctor and show he meant business….The Black Mamba!
The Jorge Lorezo Black Mamba helmet has also been released as a limited edition replica in the X-Lite X-802R helmet range. As this is a very popular design and given the limited edition numbers, stock is now petty hard to find, but if you know where to look you can still manage to pick one up (check the links at bottom of this page).
The design was created by Starline Designers, a design company that have been responsible for many of Lorenzo’s most iconic helmet designs, and they chose to turn Lorenzo’s helmet into the head of a Black Mamba snake for the Mugello MotoGP. The Black Mamba is on record as being the fastest recorded land snake in the world, so the design was a clear statement of intent by Lorenzo who at the time was starting to find his form again after losing out to Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner in the previous two races.
The design used a grey and black shading technique to give the impression that Lorenzo’s helmet was covered in scales, while the Mamba’s orange eyes stare out aggressively above the visor. The rear of the helmet features the words ‘Black Mamba’ surrounded by a blood splatter effect. Lorenzo’s ‘Rockstar Energy Drink’ logo (his sponsors at the time) features on the sides.
This is a powerful and aggressive looking helmet.
The helmet went on to bring Lorenzo the speed he needed and he won the Mugello MotoGP, and he also subsequently went on to win the 2012 World Championship.
After the Mugello MotoGP Lorenzo said:
“This black mamba helmet has brought me the luck I was missing at Assen (a fortnight ago when he crashed and was then second in Germany),” said Lorenzo, who was recording his fifth win of the season.
“We made no mistakes all weekend. The start was tough but little by little I gained confidence and then when I opened a little gap I was able to relax and I cruised after that”
360 degree view of the Jorge Lorenzo Black Mamba helmet:
Product Description: Jorge Lorenzo X-Lite X-802 R Black Mamba Helmet:
The X-802R is the racing composite fibre helmet of Nolan group. This design represents the culmination of years of experience in the top levels of motorcycle racing competitions. Each component (shell, visor, liner, and ventilation system) is the product of innovative development, aimed at providing a product with constant quality and perfect performance. Each part was carefully designed considering top performance and developed along an experimental and test scheme in the MotoGP and SBK. Many famous riders have ridden, or currently ride with X-Lite/Nolan helmets including, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, Carlos Checa, Marco Melandri, Chaz Davies and many more. These riders tested and experimented with many of the innovative technical solutions found on this helmet which is now available for the most serious and demanding riders.
- Fibre composite construction
- Scratch resistant Pinlock visor (insert included)
- Intake vents at front, top and chin
- Rear air exhaust vent
- Double D retention system
- Removable activated carbon fibre liner and cheek pads
- Wind protector and breath deflector
- Visor lock and demister
- 3 shell sizes
X-Lite’s video introduction to the X-802R range:
Image gallery of the Jorge Lorenzo X-Lite X-802R Black Mamba Helmet:
For a premium helmet at a (relatively) affordable price-point, there is a lot to love about the X-Lite 802-R helmet. The shell has an aggressive shape, and the spoiler on the rear is fully adjustable and designed to give stability when biking at speed. The helmet itself feels surprisingly light – you’d expect a premium and peformance helmet to be lighter than most helmets designed for everyday road use, but even in the premium range the X-Lite X802-R feels lighter when compared to those of Arai and Suomy for example.
Wearing the X-802R is comfortable and a snug inner lining that gives a feeling of safety, without making you feel claustrophobic or restricting your vision. The visor aperture gives good peripheral vision, and even with your head down against the tank you still get good forwards vision.
Visor removal is simple, you simply lift it up and hit the release button and it springs off – easy.
Ventilation is another notable asset with four simple vents towards the front pulling fresh air in, and four extract vents on the rear under the visor remove hot air and increase airflow.
Where to buy it:
Like we mentioned, it is getting harder and harder to find this as it was released as a Limited Edition, but you can still find some stock available at the links below – you probably won’t find the full range of shell sizes though, as the more common ones are now probably sold out.
|Get it from FC-Moto.com (worldwide shipping available). They have stock left in some sizes.|
|be sure to check where you will often find stock at various prices.|
The following year in 2013 Jorge Lorenzo revisited this design for the Indianapolis MotoGP and created The Green Mamba helmet, replicas are also available of that, but again only in limited edition numbers.