Jorge Lorenzo brought a brand new helmet design to the 2017 Austrian MotoGP – the one-off special design was called ‘Diablo’, which is Spanish for ‘Devil’.
The design was created by Starline Designs, the famous Italian design studio, and they turned the whole of Lorenzo’s helmet into an aggressive looking devil’s head in black and red paint, complete with two yellow eyes glaring out above the visor.
It is a stunning looking design, and it looked incredible on track. It also seemed to give Lorenzo a bit of extra aggression as he scored his best qualifying position so far on a Ducati, and he decisively led the start of the race, and finished in 4th position at the checkered flag.
As always, Lorenzo announced the new helmet design on his Twitter account:
The helmet also reminds us a bit of Darth Maul from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
I can’t imagine that Shark Helmets won’t be planning to release this as a limited edition in a year or so in their premium Shark Race R helmet range, it is too good a design to pass up on, plus the fans will love it.
So watch this space.
Check out the ‘Making of’ video below on how the Jorge Lorenzo ‘Diablo’ helmet was created:
In 2013 Jorge Lorenzo wore a special helmet for the Valencia MotoGP – it was a created to publicize the ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ game (Amazon).
The helmet was created by Starline Designers, who have pretty much been the go-to design studio for most MotoGP racers in recent years for helmets and racing livery, and it featured a black base with the ‘Ghost’ icon from the game on the top of the helmet in white.
The sides of the helmet featured the Monster Energy claw logo and the back of the helmet featured the title of the game in the offical font.
Starline Designers are usually pretty good at giving insights into their methods of working and showing how they create some of their iconic designs. They put together a quick video showing just how they made the Jorge Lorenzo Valencia helmet – check it out below:
As expected the design sticks with Lorenzo’s ‘Around The Outside‘ logo (the red X circled by a white arrow) which is positioned directly on the top of the helmet. The sides of the helmet feature the Moster Energy green claws logo.
The sides of the helmet feature the Moster Energy green claws logo
A new graphical flourish can be seen on the chin and the rear of the helmet which features a geometric spiral descending downwards with Lorenzo’s ‘Around The Outside‘ logo in the middle. This new graphic is shown in red on the chin and in black on the rear.
The spoiler on Lorenzo’s new Shark helmet is also more pronounced than previous versions, it literally looks like a Shark’s fin. I am sure this helmet will be made available as a replica soon.
Check out the photos below of Jorge Lorenzo’s 2017 MotoGP helmet:
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:
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:
Jorge Lorenzo may not be officially sponsored by HJC helmets anymore (Lorenzo signed a 3 year deal with Shark helmets in 2016) but they still have some awesome Lorenzo replica helmets on the market. This is the Jorge Lorenzo helmet in HJC’s IS-17 range – this is an entry level range so you will be getting a good everyday road helmet for a great price (usually you will find this range priced under £/$180).
The design is kind of a tribute to Jorge Lorenzo and uses many of the logos and motifs that Lorenzo has used as regular graphical themes on his actual race helmet designs.
The design is mostly white and grey, which is unusual as Lorenzo’s helmets most often come in dark black, so this represents something of a unique design and one that stands out as being different from the norm. The rear of the helmet features Lorenzo’s ‘Spartan’ warrior helmet icon complete with Lorenzo’s race number ’99’ on the base of it. The left-hand side has Lorenzo’s long-running ’round the outside’ logo, a circled arrow with an ‘x’ in the center which is a reference to Lorenzo’s early career when he earned this nickname for some daring overtaking manouvres on the outside of various opponents. The right-hand side of the helmet displays Lorenzo’s race number surrounded by his name.
This is a clean and slick looking design and like we said previously it stands out as being more than a little different to the usual Lorenzo replica helmet designs out there on the market.
Here is the official description, and you can see our thoughts on what we made of this helmet further down the page.
The HJC IS-17 is constructed from an advanced polycarbonate shell which is lightweight, and thanks to the use of CAD technology offers a comfortable and superior fit. The ventilation is enhanced by an advanced channeling system which sucks the air from the front vents and flushes the heat and humidity out the rear exhaust vents. The IS-17 also comes complete with an internally fitted sun visor which can be operated by a centrally mounted slider at the top.
The RapidFire visor replacement system allows quick, tool-less removal / replacement of the visor; which is also Max Vision Pinlock ready. The IS-17 uses a double D ring retention system.
Advance polycarbonate shell
Lightweight, superior fit & comfort using advanced CAD technology
Aerodynamic shell with large eye port for greater visibility
“ACS” Advanced Channelling Ventilation System: full front to back airflow flushes heat & humidity up & out
Removable, moisture-wicking & odour free interior with advanced antibacterial fabric
RapidFire shield replacement system: simple & secure ratchet system provides ultra-quick, tool-less removal & installation for efficient operation
Micro-buckle with retention strap: quick-release & adjustable
Pinlock prepared shield & includes pinlock 100% max vision anti-fog insert
The IS-17 is the successor to HJC’s IS-16, and whenever you see ‘IS’ in the HJC model name it stands for ‘Internal Sun-visor’ – and this feature is one of the selling points of this helmet. This is basically a great day-to-day road helmet that more than meets the requirements that you would hope for street riding. This is a no-frills helmet and what you get it does extremely well but don’t expect the wealth of featutres that you’d get from higher priced models.
So whats good about this helmet?:
Visor: Lets start with the visor – the visor has been upgraded and now has a center locking clasp which is sturdy and gives off a satisfying ‘clunk’ when the visor slots down and clicks into place. It feels solid when locked into the down position, and even when riding at speed it never feels like it is a risk of popping upwards. The visor also comes pinlock ready.
Sunvisor: The internal sunvisor is a really nice touch and for everyday riders it will remove the annoying task of trying to fit sunglasses on under a helmet, or switching to a tinted visor on a sunny day. It slides down smoothly via a slide control and it also has the option of 3 pre-set fixed positions.
Ventilation: Ventilation is basic but functional with chin vents and low slung chimney vents at the front of the helmet, and exhaust vents at the rear to allow for airflow and help any warm and moist air get sucked out. The inner-lining also has some cutaway sections that allow extra space for airflow, but a small complaint is that the lining can cover the vents which can be a bit annoying.
This is actually a great helmet for the price point, and you actually get a decent set of features (such as the integrated sunvisor) for a very low price point.
As usual HJC’s usually suit those riders with more round or oval head shapes and the IS-17 is no different. The shell feels sturdy enough and despite it being a Polycarbonate Compact Shell (which is usually slightly heavier) you don’t feel any stress or pain from the helmet during long rides. The field of vision you get from the helmet is great and never feels restricted. As mentioned, ventilation is basic but functional and despite the complaints that you sometimes see online regarding the ventilation system we have to say that we have never really had any real issues and find it comfortable enough to ride around with the vents only partially open.
One thing to be aware of however is that the IS-17 does not come with a Snell certification due to the internal sunvisor and the space at the front of the helmet that is used to house it, but it may be some comfort to know that it does have a 5 star rating in the UK SHARP testing programme.
Image gallery of the Jorge Lorenzo HJC Angel Helmet:
Where to buy it:
You’ll find most stock online seems to be skewed more towards European retailers for this design, but the good news is that it is pretty easy to find and most places will ship worldwide anyway – check out our recommended links below:
Get it from FC-Moto.com who are based in Europe but have UK and US sites also, they ship worldwide and have the best prices on this helmet at the time of writing.
The HJC Jorge Lorenze X-Fuera helmet has now dropped in price. This 2013 model is from the HJC FG-17 range, and it is a variant on the usual HJC RPHA 10 Jorge Lorenzo model featuring slightly different graphics.
It still comes with the distinctive Lorenzo ‘X’ motif and the number ’99’ – but it eliminates all the Monster Energy logos that appears on other models, giving it a nice clean look.
It is available now for $215.99 which is a great price for a racing replica. Get it from Revzilla.com or Amazon.com
HJC FG-17 Jorge Lorenzo X-Fuera Replica Helmet
Advanced Fiberglass Composite Shell
Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology
Aerodynamic shell with large eyeport opening for greater visibility
ACS Advanced Channeling Ventilation System
Scoop top intake vent combines with rear exit vents to provide flow-through ventilation, helping to pull heat out of the helmet’s interior
Chin bar vent provides airflow across the shield interior to help eliminate shield fogging
A few weeks ago we wrote about the news that Jorge Lorenzo had left Nolan/X-Lite helmets and had signed a new contract with HJC, and would race in an HJC RPHA 10 helmet.
The first images of what Lorenzo’s new MotoGP race helmet will look like have now been released by HJC.
The graphics are not a huge departure from Lorenzo’s previous design – the top of the lid still features his ‘around the outside’ logo of a red X in a white circle, and the rear still features his winged sparta helmet motif.
The main difference is the addition of the Monster Energy claw logo – the Monster Energy team will be sponsoring both Rossi and Lorenzo in the Yamaha team and as a result Lorenzo has been bought out of his previous contract with Rockstar Energy drinks.
New replica’s of Lorenzo’s new HJC helmet are due to be available for sale by spring 2013
Jorge Lorenzo has announced that he has signed a helmet sponsorship deal with HJC helmets.
Lorenzo had previously been racing with X-Lite helmets, but at a recent Nolan Helmets Christmas event it was announced that Lorenzo would be moving to another manufacturer. Nolan presented Lorenzo with a commemorative helmet to pay tribute to the years and the success that he has had whilst wearing X-Lite helmets.
George Hong, the President of HJC Helmets for America said: “We are very proud to sign Jorge Lorenzo for the 2013 season as well as our other top riders.”
It is said that Lorenzo will wear the HJC RPHA helmet, a model that has previously been worn and had development input from Ben Spies.
It is rumored that HJC will have the first range of HJC Jorge Lorenzo models available for sale by Spring 2013.
Jorge Lorenzo is getting to be as good as Valentino Rossi for custom designed helmets, and this weekend at the Brno MotoGP, Lorenzo has unveiled a new helmet design that is based on the helmet design from Top Gun.
The design is pretty much the same as the one worn by Tom Cruise, who play’s ‘Maverick’ in the film.