Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi debuted his 2018 winter test AGV helmet in Sepang, harkening back to his iconic design with Aldo Drudi from 1996.
There’s no one quite like nine-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi, from his youthful enthusiasm for racing (despite being almost 39 years old) to his attention-grabbing AGV helmets. As has been his custom, there’s always a few new designs introduced during winter tests and the two Italian grand prix races. For 2018, Rossi unveiled a new version of his iconic sole/luna (sun and moon), dating back to his debut season in 1996.
Then, as now, Rossi worked with Italian designer and family friend Aldo Drudi. The 2018 version is a 100 percent carbon AGV Pista GP R helmet made in Italy, updated to show the raw carbon under the clear coat on the luna side. Another modern touch is the removable integrated hydration system with drinking valve placed inside the chin of the helmet for a constant and smooth hydration during riding.
Drudi lives in Riccione, Italy, a hundred kilometers away from Ferrari and Ducati. He became friends with Rossi’s father Graziano during his racing career in the late 1970s, and has been friends with the Rossi family ever since.
The sun and moon are said to reflect the two sides of Valentino Rossi’s personality and the two characteristics that racers are required to have—the positive sunny side, and the darker competitive side that makes them want to win at all costs.
Rossi’s 2017 season was not one of his best, with the Italian struggling with Yamaha chassis issues and tire grip. He won in Assen and just tested strong in Sepang this week. He’s stated he will decide on his future as a racer after the Circuit of The Americas round in Austin, Texas, this April.
The AGV Pista GP R Carbon Rossi 20 Years replica helmet is $1,599, available sometime in mid-2018.