Valentino Rossi has unveiled his latest helmet design, at the first round of the MotoGP World Championship in Dubai. Looks awesome, right?
Following on from the helmet Rossi wore during the Sepang test, inspired by a lid he wore 20 years ago – here’s his latest classic styled AGV helmet, inspired by the Formula One racers of the 70s and 80s.
Rossi said: “When we started working on this year’s version with Aldo Drudi and his team we wanted something different, simpler and easier to recognize on the track. With my symbols, the sun and the moon, very stylized. We were inspired by the helmets of Formula 1 of the 70s and 80s, with few graphic flourishes and simpler ones. Helmets like those of Graham (and Damon) Hill, James Hunt, Francois Cevert, Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell … but also Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen.”
Speaking about the restrained use of colour: “We thought of using only the two colors that are mine, the dark blue, more exactly a cobalt blue (in this case semimate) and of course the fluorine yellow. We write my big name and last name behind, a very fashionable custom in those years, it gives the touch a little retro. The wise hands of @davidedegliinnocenti have done the rest and this is the result: the helmet AGV SoleLuna 2018. I hope you like it very much!”
Here’s a story about the lid the man himself wore in Sepang. Cool right?