Jorge Lorenzo says the helmet problem that ruined his Qatar Grand Prix was due to a “human error” by a staff member at his MotoGP helmet supplier.
Yamaha rider Lorenzo led much of the season opener at Losail last month but tumbled to fourth in the closing stages after part of his helmet interior came loose and obscured his vision. Lorenzo said a mistake by someone at his helmet supplier HJC Helmets had been identified as the cause.
“It was something that has never happened – an extraordinary failure, or mistake,” he said ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix of the Americas at COTA. “I hope this thing will never happen again so I can race in the future with 100 percent vision.
“We guess it was a human mistake, which sometimes can happen. I made a human mistake here last year [at Austin] We are a team – Yamaha, [race suit manufacturer] Alpinestars, HJC.This time it happened to HJC and I have to give 100 percent support to them. Sometimes it can happen to Alpinestars, or to Yamaha or to some mechanic.
Asked if he could provide more detail on exactly what had gone wrong, Lorenzo replied: “It’s clear, isn’t it? A ‘human mistake’ means one person made a mistake. I cannot specify what happened, I will keep it for ourselves. Sorry.”
He underlined that he had full confidence in HJC for the future.
“The brand has my confidence,” Lorenzo said. “It’s true that I was very frustrated at the end of the race – this is MotoGP and it’s the best level in the world and everyone has to be professional. But we can make a mistake and we have to accept it.”