Here we go……Valentino Rossi has now revealed his special hemet design for the 2016 MotoGP. Rossi revealed the design for the Saturday morning FP3 session.
The helmet is bright yellow and features the Mugello track on the top and the words ‘Mugiallo’ written in black text around the front.
‘Giallo’ is Italian for yellow, and the helmet is designed as a tribute to the Mugello circuit, which features as an image on the top of the helmet. The text which reads ‘Mugiallo’ is a play on words that basically combines ‘Mugello’ with ‘Yellow – a tribute to the fans that screams out ‘Mugello is yellow’. And if you take one look at the crowds there, then it is hard to disagree with that statement and this helmet design pays a huge tribute to the “Popolo Giallo” (the Yellow crowd) that swarm on Mugello every year to support Valentino.
‘Giallo’ is also an Italian genre of literature and film, usually involving supernatural plots, horror elements, mystery, and twists and turns – a metaphor perhaps for the Mugello track itself? We’ll find out soon enough.
The helmet also features some of Rossi’s usual icons, such as a cartoon of his two bulldogs, Cesare and Cecilia, and his cat, Rossano on the rear of the helmet. The Italian flag is on either side of the chin.
The Mugello MotoGP is just around the corner, and while we wait to see what special helmet design Valentino Rossi has in store for the fans, Rossi is expressing confidence that he can be competitive in the latest press release from Yamaha.
Fresh on the heels of the news that Maverick Vinales will be joining Valentino in a two year deal at the factory Yamaha team from 2017 and 2018, Vale stated that getting the Yamaha set-up right early in the weekend wil be key to success at Mugello.
Read what Valentio said below:
I love Mugello and its atmosphere. It’s very difficult for me to keep my concentration here because there are always so many of my friends and fans around, but the Mugello race is also special for me for that reason. I’ve had some victories here, many great battles and a lot of good memories. I think this year we can be competitive because our bike is good and I’m getting into a good shape. At the Le Mans GP we arrived late at achieving the right set up for the race, at Mugello we will not make this mistake again. After Le Mans I’m relaxed and now I’m ready to try to attain the maximum level of concentration for the Mugello GP.
The Mugello MotoGP will soon be upon us, and by the looks of it Valentino Rossi and Aldo Drudi are already thinking about what eye-catching design they can come up with for Valentino’s helmet this year.
They have a tough job on their hands in making something better looking than last year’s reflective and beautiful ‘Yellow Energy‘ helmet.
Rossi and Drudi tweeted a photo showing them looking at come of Rossi’s recent Mugello helmet designs for inspirtaion, check it out below.
Can’t wait to see what they come up with.
Check out all of Valentino Rossi’s Mugello helmets in our guide.
Valentino Rossi took his first pole position of the 2016 MotoGP season at Jerez today.
Rossi pushed hard towards the end of the Qualifying session to snatch pole away from Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo, who had previous been trading the pole between them. Lorenzo ended up in second place with Marquez taking third.
Valentino attributed his pole position to the progress that he and the Yamaha team are making with the new Michelin tyres.
“We work a lot because last year we struggled too much during qualifying,” said Rossi. “This year with the Michelins I feel better and we started twice on the front row already, but pole position is different – especially here in Jerez.
“I know that I can be competitive but in these past races, we had some problems, I did the mistake in Austin, so we didn’t take what we expect. So we have to go to start now.
“For sure tomorrow will be very very hard with Lorenzo and Marquez, but we are there. We can fight.”
“At the end, starting from pole position is important – but it’s nothing,” he added. “The race will be tomorrow and it will be very difficult.
“I think Marquez and Lorenzo will have great pace. But we work very well from yesterday morning, I feel good with the bike, and I think we can fight.”
It’s here! AGV have made the Valentino Rossi 2016 Winter Test Snowman helmet available as a limited edition in their premium AGV Pista GP range
Valentino Rossi often uses the pre-season MotoGP tests to reveal a new helmet design – and the designs are usually tongue in cheek or laced with humor. In 2015 Rossi had a helmet that was designed to look like a woolly hat which was intended as a joke about having MotoGP winter tests at Sepang in Malaysia which is pretty much always hot and humid….far removed from anyone’s definition of ‘winter’.
In 2016 Rossi did the same again and he showed up at Sepang with a new helmet design that featured a snowman in a yellow Yamaha hat and scarf. Rossi then wore the same design at the following testing session in Qatar leadng up to the opening race of the 216 season.
The snowman design was an instant hit, so it is no surprise that AGV are making it available as a limited edition.
AGV Pista GP Valentino Rossi Snowman helmet:
The AGV Pista GP is the premium race helmet made by AGV. It is a full carbon fibre helmet that has been specifically designed for racing and is currently used by MotoGP riders like Valentino Rossi, Stefan Bradl, Jack Miller, Andrea Iannone and more. This helmet is the result of the AGV Extreme Standards Helmets project; this has made it one of the most innovative helmets seen on the market for many years.
It was designed, developed and tested by AGV and Valentino Rossi himself with one single aim; to create a helmet that offers the ultimate protection for racing. Using Finite Elements Analysis (FEM) enabled developers to reach previously unseen standards in terms of protection, comfort and ergonomics. The new integrated Ventilation system (IVS) provides an improved airflow of over 193% compared to its predecessor the GP-Tech. The addition of the rear spoiler and a smaller frontal section has maximised high speed aerodynamic performance. The helmets visor has a front micro-lock system that reduces the risk of opening in the event of a crash, it has a 15 degree larger peripheral vision for optimised vision whilst in the tucked position, and the visor mechanism is 71% smaller than its predecessor.
Limited edition replica
Includes scarf and hat
Full carbon fibre construction
4 shell sizes
IVS (Integrated Ventilation System)
Breathable Lycra micro-porous lining and Dry-comfort fabric
Fully removable and washable inner liners
Pinlock ready Race 2 flat, non-scratch visor
Pinlock visor insert comes as standard
Unique rear diffuser
XQRS (in metal) shield replacement without tools
Visor tear-off system
Double D retention system
ECE 2205, AS/NZS, JIS, ECE/DOT certification
ACU Gold approved
Image Gallery of the Valentino Rossi AGV Pista Snowman Winter Test helmet:
One more thing to add – all those that buy this exclusive limited edition AGV Valentino Rossi helmet will also find a scarf and hat, the same as the snowman is wearing on the graphics, included in the box.
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Valentino Rossi has a long-running relationship with Mugello, the Italian track located in the Tuscan hills which for a long time was Valentino’s home race. The Italian fans would come to Mugello in their thousands to see Valentino race.
Whilst Mugello still remains a crucial track for Valentino Rossi, there is another track which appeared on the MotoGP calander in 2007 that has a special place in Rossi’s heart – the ‘Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli‘.
This track is located in Misano Adriatico (in the Province of Rimini) and it is just a few miles from Valentino’s home town of Tavullia, and if there ever was a home race for Valentino then this is it. Members of Rossi’s fanclub walk from Tavullia to the circuit in a a big yellow procession on raceday, and the local priests in Tavullia even ring the bells when Valentino wins.
The circuit also has extra-special significance since it was renamed in 2012 from ‘Misano World Circuit‘ to ‘Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli‘ in tribute to local racer, and close friend of Valentino Rossi, Marco Simoncelli.
Rossi has used the Misano MotoGP to reveal some of his most famous helmet designs, and some of his most personal ones. You can see all the special helmets that Valentino Rossi has used for the Misano MotoGP since 2007 below.
The circuit itself was built in 1969 and has gone through a number of changes since it was opened, and during its history races have been held in anti-clockwise and clockwise directions around the circuit (MotoGP races are currently held in a clockwise direction). In the 1990s the track length was extended to 2.53 miles.
Valentino Rossi’s Misano helmets:
You know a track is important to Valentino Rossi when he has a special helmet made for the occasion each year. In 2007 Valentino suffered an engine failure meaning he couldn’t play any meaningful role in the race, but in 2008 he returned with a a custom helmet to celebrate the circuit and has had a special Misano design created for the race every year since.
His first helmet design was known as ‘My House’ and it showed a cartoon house on the helmet that was supposed to represent Vale’s home. It was full of small details like the number 46 above the front door, and Sun and Moon windchimes hanging above the window at the back of the helmet. As always, Valentino creates all his special Misano helmet designs with Aldo Drudi.
Since 2008 Valentino has often used the Misano MotoGP as the backdrop for some of his most memorable helmets – in 2009 after crasing out at the Indianapolis MotoGP in the previous round Rossi returned to Misano with a giant donkey on his helmet to poke fun at his mistake. Rossi also used Misano to pay tribute to his fallen friend Marco Simoncelli in 2013 with the beautiful ‘Wish You Were Here‘ helmet which used artwork from Pink Floyd’s album of the same name.
Other crowd-pleasing helmets from Misano have included the WTF! helmet, which showed Rossi’s mindset during his difficult time at Ducato when he was struggling to be competitive on the Desmosedici, or the ‘Watch out for Sharks‘ helmet from 2015.
Here is a great Valentino Rossi video from 2013. Made by MCN, the video took place just before Valentio Rossi was about to start his 18th season in motorcycle Grand Prix racing.
Valentino touches on issues such as maintaining his passion for motorcycle racing, his reaction to Casey Stoner’s retirement, and how he can only really live a normal life without press intrusion in his home-town of Tavullia.
Also Valentino Rossi seems to be wearing an amazing T-Shirt with the slogan ‘Nurses do it Better’ on it….kind of appropriate for ‘The Doctor’. Don’t worry, we have tracked them down and you can get one HERE.
If you have read Valentino Rossi’s autobiography ‘What If Had Never Tried It‘ then you will know that when Rossi was young he used to race ‘Ape’s’ (Italian 3 wheeled vans) around his home-town of Tavullia…..probably much to the displeasure of the residents. This is before we was a local hero and had speed limits in the town based on his racing number 46.
Here is some great old footage of YouTube of Valentino and his friends messing around in these vehicles, before jumping on to mopeds and bikes and pulling wheelies in the town.
Watch Colin Edwards interview Valentino Rossi for BT Sport.
Colin Edwards was Valentino Rossi’s team-mate at Yamaha for a number of years, and both riders always got on during their time at Yamaha and they have remained good friends….something that won’t be happening between Valentino and Lorenzo 😉
The rapport that both the riders have makes for a great interview, and Edwards definitly has a future job as a full-time pitlane pundit if this is anything to go by.
The interview was conducted for BT Sport, and they discuss Rossi’s strained relationship with Jorge Lorenzo and how it contributed to his decision to make the ill-fated move to Ducati, amongst other things.