Valentino Rossi and AGV are certainly getting their money's worth from Italian designer Aldo Drudi, as the 39-year-old Movistar Yamaha racer introduced yet another Pista GP R helmet to the world in Qatar on Friday. With a vibrant neon yellow soleluna (sun and moon) concept against a matte blue finish, Rossi's campaign for a 10th world title will begin with style on Sunday.
Leave it to the Italians to match a curved-surface helmet color with Rossi’s kangaroo leather Dainese Mugello D-Air suit, Full Metal gloves, and Axial Pro boots. Based on the first day of free practice in Qatar, Rossi is getting in sync after signing a two-year contract extension with Movistar Yamaha. And he’s defying the odds for a man his age while looking as colorful as ever, cutting a familiar figure on the Losail International Circuit in his number 46 livery during free practice for Sunday’s first race of the season.
The handmade carbon Pista helmet is covered in sponsor graphics from Monster Energy, GoPro, Oakley, Drudi Performance, and Yamaha, with a small “58” in reference to Rossi’s dearly departed friend and peer Marco Simoncelli.