Jorge Lorenzo has revealed a special helmet design that he will be wearing for the 2016 Aragon MotoGP – the helmet has been designed with new graphics to look like a vicious Great White shark, with the dark visor being utilised to look like the shark’s mouth. It’s a stunning design that also show’s the shark’s cold black eyes staring forwards above the visor.
Lorenzo revealed this new helmet design on social media:
— Jorge Lorenzo (@lorenzo99) September 23, 2016
There is actually a backstory to this helmet design, once that stretches back to the Misano and Aragon MotoGP rounds in 2015. At the 2015 Misano MotoGP Valentino Rossi showed up with a one-off helmet design that showed Rossi portrayed as a small but plucky fish trying to outswim a large grey shark that is closing in to eat him. Rossi stated that the design was supposed to indicate how he felt at Misano where he said that because it was his home race it made him a target for all other the riders and teams to beat. You can read more on this design over at Rossi Helmets.
Despite Rossi’s explanation, pretty much every race fan interpreted the shark on the helmet as Jorge Lorenzo who was in a great run of form and was eating away at Valentino’s points lead in the Championship.
The next round was at Aragon, where Jorge Lorenzo dominated and took victory. After the race when Lorenzo had parked up in Parc Ferme, Lorenzo stood on the seat of his Yamaha and made a Shark fin with his hand on the top of his helmet and said:
“I feel strong like a shark at this moment so I just wanted to keep a little bit this show in this race after this victory. I liked the idea of being cast as a shark. I’m still playing the role of the shark who is hunting down the yellow fish.”
Plus the fact that Lorenzo signed with Shark Helmets for 2016 after parting company with HJC is an added bonus that gives even more relevance and context to the helmet design.
The shark returns to Aragon – check out the phtos of Jorge Lorenzo’s Shark helmet below: