Cal Crutchlow switches allegiance from Arai to HJC Helmets

The 33-year-old has signed with HJC Helmets for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons 

Cal Crutchlow HJC Helmets

CAL CRUTCHLOW has made the momentous move from Arai to HJC Helmets for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP World Championship seasons.

The 33-year-old has been a fervent fan of Arai for a number of years now, wearing the Japanese manufacturer’s helmets throughout his career.

However, at the beginning of this year, it was announced that HJC Helmets would take over as Crutchlow’s official helmet sponsor. In this new role, the Coventry-man will become a vital part of HJC’s racing program, and help to develop the manufacturer’s lids, building on their 47 years of experience in helmet manufacturing.

Commenting on the move, Crutchlow said: “I am very pleased to announce my new partnership with HJC Helmets. They’ve grown their presence in the MotoGP paddock over the past few years, sponsoring races and I’m happy to join the family.

“Despite being a huge company, they haven’t lost the personal approach and relationship, and this means a lot to me. Their helmet is a great product and I’m looking forward to working with them to continue to develop and evolve their design.”

Founder and CEO of HJC Helmets Mr. W.K. Hong added: “HJC is a family business, so when we welcome a new rider they become part of the family. Cal Crutchlow is a very competitive rider who maintains good sportsmanship on and off the track. We look forward to having him join the HJC family and representing HJC Helmets around the world.”

Crutchlow joined the MotoGP grid in 2011, and has ridden for the satellite Team LCR Honda team since 2015. Throughout his eight-year MotoGP career, Crutchlow has claimed 16 podiums, including three wins. In 2018, he achieved three podiums and a win in Argentina, before an injury sustained in Australia ruled him out of the final three races of the season.

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