Location: Sepang, Malaysia
Date: Monday January 30th, 2012
As well as getting his hands on the new Ducati GP12, Valentino Rossi also had a new AGV prototype helmet to try out at the first official 2012 MotoGP test session at Sepang.
No official statement has been released from AGV about the new helmet, but first glances at the helmet revealed that the shape was very different to the standard AGV race lids.
The helmet itself was mostly free of the usual Rossi graphics and trademark motifs, and instead it simply featured a black shell with a few minor symbols on the top. The side of the helmet also featured the words “46 Project”.
The helmet featured an extended spoiler on the rear, 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, pointed, and shaped.
The hot and humid temperatures at Sepang will have given the prototype helmet a good shake-down……especially the ventilation system.
The helmet also has a wide visor giving a greater field of vision. When trying the new prototype helmet on, it is reported that Rossi said: “wow, it’s like being at the movies!”
Rossi wore the helmet on Day 1 of the Sepang test before reverting to his ‘Marco Simoncelli Tribute Helmet‘ later on in the test.
More images of the Valentino Rossi AGV Prototype Helmet: