AGV have announced the release of another one of Valentino Rossi’s special helmet designs for the Misano round of MotoGP. Find out where to buy it at the bottom of the page.
Valentino Rossi always shows up at his two home Italian GPs with a special helmet design for the rabid fans, but in 2013 at Misano he chose a more personal and subdued design than previous years.
The helmet used inspiration from Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ album as a tribute to Marco Simoncelli – the 2013 Misano GP was the first time that Rossi had raced there since Marco Simoncelli’s death. Aside from the title ‘Wish you Were Here’, the lyrics of the Pink Floyd track are also especially pertinent and lend themselves well to Rossi’s and Simoncelli’s relationship and their careers as racers:
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.
The design featured two robotic/mechanical hands clasped together with the four elements of fire, water, earth, and wind (recurring motifs on Rossi’s helmets) in he background.
The rear of the helmet features the now iconographic image from the Pink Floyd album of two men shaking hands, with one of the men in flames.
Watch the video below of Valentino Rossi revealing the 2013 Misano ‘Wish You Were Here’ helmet:
The helmet is being released in the AGV Corsa range and is available now.
You can get it at the following places, but be quick as this is a limited edition:
AGV have announced that they will be releasing a new Valentino Rossi replica helmet – this time it will be the ‘Give Us A Hand’ design that Rossi wore at Misano. The helmet design was called “Misano, ci dà una mano” in Italian.
You can find out where to buy it at the bottom of the page.
This will go down as a significant helmet design in Valentino Rossi’s legacy, as it was the helmet that he wore for his victory at Misano 2014 which marked Rossi’s first victory of 2014 in a race that saw him go shoulder to shoulder battling with Marc Marquez.
The helmet design featured hand-prints from Valentino’s mechanics and close friends, as well as lipstick kiss imprints from his mother and girlfriend. It even features the paw-prints from his two bulldogs.
As usual, it is a distinctive and colourful design – one that lacked the humor of previous Misano helmets, but a design that was more far personal.
The helmet also features Rossi’s race number ’46’ and the number ’58’, a tribute to Marco Simoncelli.
Watch the video below to see Valentino Rossi discussing his 2014 Misano helmet:
The “Gives Us A Hand” Valentino Rossi helmet is available now, find out where to buy it below:
AGV have released two new Valentino Rossi helmet designs in the affordable K3 range.
We are pretty excited about the two new designs as they are two of our favourite Rossi helmets designs that haven’t been available for ages.
AGV K3 Valentino Rossi ‘Icon’ Helmet:
The first design is based on Valentino Rossi’s 2002 ‘Icon’ helmet – a design that he wore at the 2002 GP at Mugello.
This helmet is based on his father’s, Graziano Rossi’s, helmet design, but also features various icons around the base representing aspects of Rossi’s life and passions (motorbikes, the sea, the sun, pizza etc…).
Valentino Rossi revealed his latest helmet design at the Misano qualifying session on Saturday.
Rossi showed that he is still keen to poke fun at himself by racing with a new design that portrayed him as a beaten up boxer with the slogan “Come Vado?” written on the top – which translates as “How am I doing?”.
The cartoon helmet design was designed by Aldo Druidi and is a pretty accurate metaphor of Rossi’s troubled time at Ducati. The graphics show Rossi’s face battered and bruised, as he slumps on the ropes for support. The ropes on the helmet are made of two red stripes – a tribute to Marco Simoncelli’s double red-stripe racing design.
On Rossi’s cartoon boxing gloves the words ‘Semprelast’ can be seen, which is a spoof on the ‘Everlast’ boxing brand and can be translated as “Always last”.
The design also featured Simoncelli’s #58, and Rossi’s two cartoon bulldogs.
Ironically, despite wearing a helmet design that poked fun at Rossi’s poor run of form on the Ducati, he went on to have his best race and finished in a comfortable 2nd position, less than 5 second behind Jorge Lorenzo.
Gallery of Valentino Rossi’s 2012 Misano Helmet (click to enlarge):
Want to get your hands on a top of the range Valentino Rossi Limited Edition AGV GP-Tech helmets for a fraction of the price? Well we might just be able to help you out on that.
Sportsbikeshop have got some of the last few units of 2 Valentino Rossi helmet designs and they are selling them with £200 off the retail price. They have the ‘Wake Up’ helmet design that Rossi wore at Misano in 2010 and the ‘Faces’ helmet that Rossi wore at Laguna Seca in 2010.
These Valentino Rossi helmets usually sell out, so even if you have no intention of wearing it, they can make a good investment (or a nice way to make some money by reselling on eBay).
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AGV GP Tech Valentino Rossi Faces Helmet
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AGV GP Tech Valentino Rossi Wake Up Helmet
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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.
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!”
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:
Big AGV GP-Tech helmets sale at Revzilla.com that includes a few Valentino Rossi replica helmets at a 25 discount.
Valentino Rossi replica helmets can be expensive, so getting 25% of the RRP will help to ease the pain a little bit
This limited time sale has three Valentino Rossi replicas at 25% off, including the “5 Continents” design, the “Faces” design, and the “Hands” design from Mugello.
Revzilla.com are based in the US, but have very reasonable International shipping policies, so no matter here you are in the world, this is still a good chance to get your hands on an AGV GP-Tech Valentino Rossi replica.