Valentino Rossi launches the AGV PistaGP Helmet

Valentino Rossi AGV PistaGP Helmet

AGV have now given a name, and released technical specifications, for the new helmet design that Valentino Rossi wore for the recent MotoGP test at Jerez. Rossi first gave the world a peep at the new helmet at the Sepang test by doing a few laps wearing the AGV prototype. At that time the helmet was just referred to as ‘Project 46′, but now AGV have released information on the new lid, and Rossi wore it for the duration of the testing sessions in Jerez.

The new design is called the “AGV PistaGP” – and it was designed around the rider’s head from the inside-out. So what does that mean? It means that they used lasers to scan Rossi’s head and face and constructed the PistaGP inside to the outside (as opposed to starting with the helmet shell).

AGV said: “instead of drawing the helmet starting with the exterior shell, using a laser scan, the AGV Standards project starts with the rider’s head, whose measurements are converted into a digital format.

“These measurements are used to design the helmet, from the inside to the outside, adopting state-of-the-art digital design technologies based on CAE/CAD methods. The structural components of the helmet are designed to obtain the required performances, minimizing measurements and weights. The helmet is therefore lighter and more compact than previous ones while offering better protection, ergonomics and comfort.”

The video below shows the scanning and construction process that AGV use as part of their ‘AGV Standards’ programme:

Valentino Rossi says:
“I am very happy with the PistaGP, it feels like I am not wearing a helmet. Its aerodynamics have increased, with excellent ventilation and exaggerated visibility, like switching from the TV to the cinema.”

Lino Dainese (President of Dainese and AGV) says:
“I consider the PistaGP helmet a tribute to Gino Amisano, an entrepreneur I admired for his ability to innovate, the records he achieved, and the competitive spirit with which he faced every challenge.

“The new helmet is part of the AGV Standards project, which, in line with the qualities established by Amisano, revolutionises the way helmets are designed, setting new records for protection and ergonomics that are clearly evident. The next generation helmets arising from this project are intended to place AGV, once again, in a leading market position with its technology.”

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AGV PistaGP Helmet Technical Detail:

  • The residual impact force transmitted to the head is reduced by 36% compared to the limit established by ECE regulations.
  • The HIC index is 48% below the limit established by ECE regulations.
  • The basic visor movement area has been reduced by 71% compared to the GP-Tech helmet. This allows use of the space saved to increase the thickness of the absorption material, benefitting safety.
  • The visor is Class 1 optical standard approved for excellent vision.
  • The field of vision is 15° wider and the overall visor window area has increased by 9% compared to the previous helmet, without compromising its level of protection.
  • The Z-Lift index has been reduced by 44% after wind tunnel tests.
  • The air intakes have almost tripled in size, whereas the entire ventilation system of the PistaGP helmet removes heat and moisture very efficiently. The padding has a 3D concave structure, which is pre- shaped according to the morphological characteristics of the head, while the surfaces in direct contact with the head are free from stitching for guaranteed comfort.
  • The fit of the PistaGP helmet, covered by three patents, provides an extraordinary high level of comfort and adaptability to different shapes, unknown up to now.

New – Valentino Rossi Dainese VR 46 Leather Jacket

Valentino Rossi Dainese VR 46 Leather Jacket
Dainese have just started taking orders for the brand new Valentino Rossi VR46 Leather bikers jacket. FIND OUT MORE

The jacket is reminiscent of the leathers that Valentino Rossi wore in his first test session when he switched from Yamaha to Ducati.

The leather jacket is black, with a bold double yellow stripe up the middle and Rossi’s #46 on the rear. The ‘VR46′ motif also feature in the front of the jacket.

The jacket is released in April – but you can place your order now – FIND OUT MORE

Here is the official description:
Dainese VR46 Leather Jacket

Dedicated to Valentino Rossi and his enormous talent, this jacket is inspired by his endearing personality and characterized by the yellow color that has always accompanied Valentino on his countless exploits. Constructed in 1.2 mm thick cowhide leather with inserts in S1 elasticated fabric for excellent ergonomics and featuring co-injected protectors with aluminum inserts on the shoulders, the VR46 Pelle jacket is designed for the Tavullia legend’s most sports-minded fans.

Protection:

  • Composite protectors certified to EN1621.1/97 Standard
  • Co-injected shoulder with aluminium insert

Ergonomics and Comfort:

  • Inserts in elasticated fabric
  • Elasticated inserts
  • Collar with elasticated insert
  • Waist adjustment
  • Jacket-trousers fastening system
  • Air vents on chest and sides
  • Sanitized® lining

Other:

  • Pocket for G1 and G2 back protector
  • Reflective inserts
  • Soft inserts
  • 2 outside pockets
  • Internal pocket

 
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Where to buy the Dainese VR46 Leather Jacket:

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Dainese VR 46 Jacket

Valentino Rossi’s new AGV prototype helmet at Sepang

valentino rossi agv prototype helmet

As well as getting to test his new Ducati GP12 at Sepang, Valentino Rossi also got the chance to test out a vicious looking prototype AGV helmet.

Rossi wore the helmet on Day 1 of the Sepang test before reverting to his ‘Marco Simoncelli Tribute Helmet‘ later on in the test.

The new AGV prototype helmet, which we will nickname ’46 Project’, as that was written down the side, was completely black, with an extended spoiler on the rear, that is presumably designed to help with aerodynamics and ensuring that wind resistance is more effectively passed over the rider. The visor looked wider, and the chin of the helmet also looked more aggressive and shaped.

When trying the new prototype helmet on, it is reported that Rossi said: “wow, it’s like being at the movies!”

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UK Valentino Rossi store updated

We have (finally) updated the products in the UK Valentino Rossi store – make sure you check out the latest range of AGV Rossi replica helmets available HERE.

If you are after the latest Valentino Rossi T-Shirts, caps, and more from the latest VR/46 range as well as Valentino Rossi 2012 Ducati range then make sure you check out the merchandise section too – some of the best UK prices for Valentino Rossi merchandise (all via the trusted services of Amazon.co.uk). See more at our UK Valentino Rossi shop

Huge fan collection of Valentino Rossi replica helmets

An amazing collection of Valentino Rossi replica helmets – this fan’s collection covers pretty much every Valentino Rossi helmet from the 125cc days, all the way up to the Rossi face helmet from Mugello 2008.

Check out the video below – amazing:

Valentino Rossi to feature a permanent tribute to Simoncelli on his 2012 race helmet

Rossi Simoncelli Helmet

Valentino Rossi has announced that he will feature a permanent tribute to Marco Simoncelli on his 2012 MotoGP race helmet – likely to be a #58 positioned somewhere on the helmet.

In a live webcast arranged by Dainese, Valentino Rossi stated that he will likely wear the Marco Simoncelli Tribute Helmet (that he wore for the final race at Valencia of 2011) in the 2012 pre-season testing sessions. The design featured the distinctive red and white stripes of Simoncelli’s helmet at the front, with Rossi’s regular ‘Elements’ design at the rear. Read more on Valentino Rossi’s Marco Simoncelli Helmet from the 2011 Valencia race.

After the testing sessions are over, Rossi indicated that he would revert to his regular helmet design, but with an additional tribute to the memory of Marco Simoncelli – likely to be a number 58 positioned on the helmet.

Valentino Rossi said:
”I will continue to use a helmet that is dedicated to Simoncelli, at leat during winter test. It looks great. I think next season I will use the usual design of my helmet, but I’ll add something to remember him, #58,”.

Watch the full Dainese / Valentino Rossi interview

Valentino Rossi AGV Elements helmet now available at Amazon

Valentino Rossi AGV Elements helmet

US and UK shoppers will be pleased to know that the AGV GP-Tech Valentino Rossi Elements helmet has now been made available via Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

The Elements helmet is the same design that Valentino Rossi has worn for his debut season on Ducati (2011) and will be the same design that he will wear for the 2012 season – with an added #58 sticker placed on the helmet somewhere in tribute to Marco Simoncelli.

Where To Buy It

The AGV GP-Tech Valentino Rossi Elements helmet is available at:

“Febbre Gialla” (Yellow Fever) a documentary about Valentino Rossi fans

Valentino Rossi Yellow Fever
Valentino Rossi may have had a torrid debut season on the Ducati, but despite spending most of the 2011 season fighting for low top 10 race positions, he remains the biggest attraction in MotoGP.

At any MotoGP race – no matter where in world, or at which track, a sea of yellow t-shirts with the number 46 on the will be the predominant uniform.

Italian director, Gianni del Corral, has made a documentary dedicated to digging deeper into the Valentino Rossi phenomenon, and unearthing more about his army of dedicated fans.

The film is called “Febbre Gialla” (or Yellow Fever), and it features interviews with Valentino Rossi’s official fanclub, as well as interviews with many of Rossi’s loyal fans that make the pilgrimage to his home town of Tavullia. The film is packed with the stories, anecdotes, and the hopes of Valentino Rossi’s fans.

Oh, and it is all for a good cause too – the proceeds go directly towards an organisation called “Baby Xitter”, which is a charity that creates recreational spaces for children in Turin.

Check out the trailer for “Febbre Gialla” (Yellow Fever) below:

Valentino Rossi answers fan’s questions (Dainese / AGV video)

As an early Christmas present, Valentino Rossi teamed up with Dainese and AGV to do a question and answer session with fans.

Dainese set up a facebook page to take questions from fans, and then Valentino Rossi sat down to answer the questions in a live video stream.

Rossi answered questions on a whole range of subjects, and he talked openly about his first season on Ducati, about Marco Simoncelli, about the forthcoming CRT rules in MotoGP, as well as answering questions about his favourite song and what films he would have liked to have acted in.

Dainese recorded the session, and translated from Rossi’s native Italian to English. The live stream was put together by the Ducati Team rider’s sponsors, Dainese and AGV.

You can watch the full video below with the English translation, and the original Italian video below:

Valentino Rossi interview (translated to English):

Original Italian interview:
Part 1:

Part 2:

Valentino Rossi’s helmet design in tribute to Marco Simoncelli

Rossi Simoncelli tribute helmet
This is a photograph of the helmet that Valentino Rossi will be wearing in tribute to Marco Simoncelli.

It’s a simple but effective design that uses the main red and white striped design that that Marco Simoncelli’s helmet had.

The middle of the helmet also features Simoncelli’s number 58 above the visor.

The red and white stripes only appear on teh front of the helemt – the rear of the helmet features Valentino Rossi’s usual ‘AGV Elements helmet‘ design.