This another fun Valentino Rossi race replica, this time AGV have used the ‘Turtle’ design, also known as ‘Tartaruga’ to create a Limited Edition helmet in their AGV Crsa range.
As per usual, Valentino had a new helmet design created for the Mugello MotoGP in 2013 and he used an animal that he has a lot of history with for inspiration. He had Aldo Drudi create a one-off helmet with a cartoon turtle sat on the top of the helmet, looking forwards over the visor.
The turtle was chosen as Rossi used to race with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle stuck to his helmet when he was a child and racing MiniMoto races. In many ways the turtle is the original Valentino Rossi logo, as it pre-dates the Sun and Moon.Valentino also has a small turtle tattoo placed on the top of one of his hips.
There was another meaning behind the helmet, and if you look closely you will see 4 stick figures on the bottom of the helmet, a yellow figure (Rossi) is chasing a blue, a red, and an orange figure who are all supposed to represent Lorenzo, Pedrosa, and Marquez. This was intended as a signal that Rossi had to work harder to catch up with the three fastest riders and that his current form up to this point in the 2013 season was not up to scratch and he was slow like a turtle.
The rear of the helmet features Rossi’s two bulldogs, both with turtle shells on their backs.
This is a fun and striking Rossi replica helmet that looks distinctive on the street.
Official description of the Valentino Rossi “Tartaruga Mugello 2013” Turtle helmet:
The Corsa is a supersport helmet which combines the performance of the Pista GP with road-going characteristics such as adjustable ventilation and improved comfort without having to forget the performance standards of the GP version.
Fitted with a double-D retention system, the outer shell is made up of SSL layers (Aramid and glass fibers) and is available in four sizes. The design is intended to cut to the minimum any interference with the racing suit and protective hump and to optimize safety even at high speed.
The spoiler has been designed to detach from the helmet in the event of an accident to increase the passive safety of the helmet. The visor component area has been reduced by 71% compared with the GP Tech and this allows the space saved to be used to increase the thickness of the impact absorption material with all the safety benefits that brings. The visor can easily be removed as can the washable inner components. To provide improved comfort, the surfaces in direct contact with the head are seamless and the fit can be optimized with special additional padding to the cheeks and back of the neck. Designed to maximize comfort, ergonomics, safety and aerodynamics.
Made in Italy and protective of the environment: the Corsa is designed and made in Italy by highly qualified craftsmen using the very latest technology. These helmets are manufactured using the best technologies with great effort invested in protecting the environment. Waterjet technology is used to cut the carbon fiber shells, the painting system uses eco-compatible water-based paints and a dust suppression / residue treatment system is in operation throughout the entire factory.
Extreme Standards Helmets is the name of the revolutionary new range of AGV helmets which includes the Corsa. It is based on the “human engineering” concept and applies to a new design process which starts from the components that are in direct contact with the head and gradually progresses to the outer shell. As a result, the structural shapes imitate the area of contact, thus providing greater safety and smaller dimensions.
- Shell: SSL (Super Super Light) in composite fiber, Aramid and carbon fiber.
- Number of shells: 4 shell sizes.
- Fabric: Breathable Lycra® lining and Shalimar® fabric with sanitizing treatment.
- Liners: Fully removable and washable inner liners.
- Ventilation system: IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) with wide ducts hollowed into the shell.
- Air vents with open / close mechanism.
- Visor mechanism: XQRS (X-tra Quick Release System) in metal with roto-translation opening. Visor front micro-lock system that reduces the risk of accidental opening in the event of an accident. Quick release system for tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds.
- Race flat, Class 1 optical standards, non-scratch and anti-fog visor (4 layers) with wide field of vision suitable for tear-off strips.
- Retention system: Double-D.
- Removable nose guard.
- Removable windproof chin strap protection.
- Homologation: ECE 2205, AS / NZS, JIS, ECE / DOT.
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Word of warning though, this is a limited edition and is expected to sell out quickly.
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