One of Valentino Rossi’s most used helmet designs during the 2006 and 2007 seasons of MotoGP was the Aldo Drudi designed AGV Gothic helmet. The Gothic design is a simple, bold, and striking paint job that heavily features Rossi’s two most popular recurring themes – the Sun, and the Moon.
The Gothic helmet design had been used previously and had been seen in different colour schemes during the 2006 MotoGP season (see Gothic Black, and Gothic White), but it was the Gothic Yellow that was was seen the most in 2007. The Gothic Yellow featured a yellow sun on a black background on the right hand side of the helmet, and a black crescent moon on a yellow background on the left hand side of the helmet. Like previous Gothic designs used, the rear of the helmet featured ‘VR’ – Rossi’s initials in an embossed looking, gold lettering.
Rossi opened his 2007 MotoGP campaign wearing the yellow Gothic helmet design, and continued racing in it for most races throughout the season…except for the last few where he switched to the more detailed Dreamtime design.
Some of Rossi’s more superstitious fans have suggested that the Gothic design represents bad luck for Rossi due to the helmet’s coincidence with Nicky Hayden’s championship win in 2006, and Casey Stoner’s in 200 – but not us, we think it is a stunning looking lid and it is easily among our favorites.
Image Gallery of the Valentino Rossi Gothic Yellow helmet:
Good new for Valentino Rossi fans, AGV has produced a replica helmet with the Gothic design in their bestselling AGV K3 helmet range. You can check it out here.