This is the X-Spirit III, Shoei’s top-of-the range racing helmet. Developed by knowledge gleaned from Marc Marquez, Bradley Smith, Eugene Laverty, Tom Lüthi and a host of other top racers from series across the globe, the X-Spirit III has been designed to offer superb levels of aerodynamic performance – an all-new shell and new wings on the side of the helmet boost stability while reducing buffeting. The new shell and visor aperture have been designed to make it easier to see while sat in a full racing crouch, and a new design of comfort lining allows riders to tilt the helmet backwards or forwards on their head by four degrees – a useful trick for anyone who finds the helmet brow obstructing their forward vision when fully tucked in. Another important new feature of the X-Spirit III is the improved ventilation system designed to reduce sweating while making it easier for riders to breathe. As well as crown, brow and chin vents, there are also air channels through the cheekpads, and exhaust ports channel hot air away, cooling the head more efficiently. The helmet features six layers of fibre for an absorbent but rigid shell, while the EPS liner has four different densities across the lid for better protection in critical areas. Marc Marquez tested the lid for the first time last year at the Aragon GP and said: “The new X-Spirit III is an evolution of the X-Spirit II. It’s an incredible helmet, improved in all its parts, with particularly attention to the aerodynamic design. The ventilation has improved too. In fact, there are more exits for the air. I like the shape. It’s much more modern compared to the previous model. I have been with Shoei since 2010 and from the very first moment I knew that this was my helmet.” The X-Spirit III costs £549.99 in plain colours will cost £549.99, with race replicas costing £649.99.