Here it is, full photos of Valentino Rossi’s new helmet for the 2017 Mugello MotoGP.
The helmet design created by Aldo Drudi and Valentino Rossi is a tribute to both Francesco Totti and Nicky Hayden.
Francesco Totti is a close friend of Valentino Rossi and he recently retired from a long career at Roma football club, so Rossi has had this design created to celebrate his long career.
A cartoon Valentino Rossi can be seen on the top of the helmet, complete with a plaster to signify Rossi’s current injury that he sustained in a Motocross accident that almost ruled him out form this year’s Mugello MotoGP, about to take a penalty. Rossi is pictured as saying “shall I chip” – which is a reference to a “paneka” penalty, which is also the title of Totti’s recent autobiography.
The rear of the helmet has the phrase “One captain. There is only one captain” as a tribute to Totti.
Valentino has also merged his famous race number ’46’ into Nicky Hayden’s race number ’69’ as a tribute to his former team-mate and all-round MotoGP good-guy, who sadly lost his life in a cycling accident. The ‘469’ number is positioned at the sides of the helmet.
Many other riders at Mugello this year also had a number 69, or some other tribute to Nicky Hayden on their helmet or leathers and 69 seconds of silence will be observed prior to the Mugello MotoGP race on Sunday as a tribute to Hayden.
Check out all the photos of Valentino Rossi’s football themed Mugello helmet below:
Check out the 360 degree video of Valentino Rossi’s Mugello helmet:
AGV are putting out some cool looking Valentino Rossi replicas at the the moment that are going to be big hits with fans, first they announced that Vale’s ‘Sweet Home Misano‘ helmet (Misano 2016) was being made available in the AGV Pista GP R range, and now the incredible looking ‘Mugiallo’ helmet (from the 2016 Mugello MotoGP) is being released as a Limited Edition in the AGV Corsa R range.
This helmet design was revealed at the 2016 Mugello MotoGP and it was intended as the ultimate tribute to Mugello and the fans. Designed by Aldo Drudi the helmet was an eyecatching bright yellow with bold black text that ran around the helmet that said ‘Mugiallo‘. The Italian word for ‘yellow’ is ‘giallo’ and Rossi was basically making a play on words with Mugello to say that ‘Mugello is Yellow’ as a tribute to the circuit where he gains so much support from the fans who are dubbed the “Popolo Giallo” (the Yellow Crowd).
The helmet also features the circuit layout on the top of the helmet, with the colours of the Italian flag on either side of the chin of the helmet. The rear of the helmet features a yellow ’46’ and the usual cartoon featuring Valentino’s two Bulldogs and cat.
This is one of Rossi’s most eyecatching helmets, and that is saying something given his history of one-off helmet designs.
It is being made available in the new AGV Corsa R range, which is basically one rung down from the Pista GP R in AGV’s helmet range. It takes many of the features that you get on the Pista GP R but adds more flexibility and customisation options in order to make it a more forgiving helmet making it suitable for road use, as well as track use. Don’t get us wrong, this is a track helmet at heart, but the Corsa R comes complete with features like adjustable air vents (the Pista GP R just has open vents that need to be sealed with a plug) making it a helmet that can hold its own on the track as well as your daily commute.
Description of the Valentino Rossi AGV Corsa R ‘Mugiallo’ helmet:
Offering most of the same features as the top-of-the-line Pista GP R but in a carbon-fiberglass shell and adjustable vents, the Corsa R is designed for uncompromising performance on the track. A new interior construction provides a stable, pressure-free fit, and the patented, reversible crown pad features two distinct fabrics, allowing riders to select between warm and cool sides depending on conditions or personal preference. A removable nose guard and wind deflector are both included, and the Integrated Ventilation System (IVS) places intake ports at areas of maximum airflow.
360 degree video of the Valentino’s Mugiallo helmet:
Shell in CAAF (Carbon-Aramidic-Fiberglass) engineered in 4 sizes with 5-densities EPS structure developed in 4 sizes.
Shell shape is designed to maximize aerodynamic performance and to minimize the risk of impact energies being channeled to the collar bone. Rear shape is engineered to minimize interference with racing suits structures in racing position.
IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) ventilation with 5 large front vents and 2 rear extractors hollowed in the shell which direct air to the rider’s head. The unique central upper air intake has been strategically placed to capture maximum air flow in highest air pressure point. All the air vents are adjustable.
New internal chin channels distribute the air flow evenly thru the entire visor surface.
The wind tunnel tested spoiler maximizes aerodynamic performance and stability during high speed riding. The spoiler is engineered to detach from the helmet in case of an accident, therefore maintaining helmet’s round shape for increased safety.
New Corsa R interiors construction is engineered to allow a stable, embracing and pressure free fit and to maximize dynamic comfort. Removable nose guard and wind protector.
Patented reversible crown pad features a double face use that allows rider to select the preferred feel and climate: Warmer Side: with Shalimar fabric for a soft and gentle touch. Cooler Side: with Ritmo fabric for a fluid and fresh fit
The inner of the helmet is designed to offer the highest riding comfort. All parts are easily removable and washable.
Neck roll: Shalimar and Nabuk fabric with water resistant treatment, preventing water to be channeled inside the helmet.
Cheek pads: Ritmo fabric with Sanitized® (antibacterial protection), 2Dry (moisture wicking) and Microsense (premium skin comfort and wearing fluidity) treatments.
Crown pad: Shalimar (warmer side) and Ritmo (cooler side) with the same treatments listed for check pads.
New Patented cheek pads safety release system engineered to remove conveniently cheek pads in case of accident.
New Class Optic 1 visor with 100% Max Vision Pinlock® (120) anti fog technology is designed for maximum vertical view on racing position (85°) and unmatched horizontal view (190°).
Visor is anti-scratch and ready for track use tear-off. A tear-off kit is included in the box.
Patented Visor Lock System (VLS) reduces the risk of accidental opening in the event of an accident: visor thickness is from 4 to 5 mm, increasing face and eyes protection in the case of an accident.
Unique Metal visor mechanism in metal with roto-translation movement for total sealing between visor and shell. Rapid visor release system requiring no tools and allowing the visor to be removed and replaced in seconds. Mechanism is designed to minimize area, therefore supporting peripheral view and impact performance.
Double D retention system
Check the Revzilla.com review below of the AGV Corsa R helmet:
Image gallery of the Valentino Rossi AGV Corsa R Mugiallo helmet:
What do you need to know?:
Expect to pay upwards from $999 / £699.
This is a limited edition and expect it to be very popular. When stock is gone then it really is gone as only a fixed number of units are made available to selected sellers across the globe.
If you find it has sold out then ebay will be your best option as this is a highly collectible helmet.
Check the links below to see who is selling the AGV Corsa R Valentino Rossi Mugiallo helmet and where you can buy it:
Check out the Valentino Rossi AGV Corsa R Mugiallo helmet at Demon-Tweeks.co.uk (UK based, ship globally)
Check out the Valentino Rossi AGV Corsa R Mugiallo helmet at Motoin.de (German based, ship globally)
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Every year at the Mugello MotoGP the crowd is decked out in yellow and they show their support for their local hero Valentino Rossi by letting off yellow smoke bombs. Plumes of yellow can be seen billowing from most of the stands around the iconic Italian circuit on race day.
But it was smnoke that signalled the end of Valentino Rossi’s dream of winning at Mugello for the first time since 2008. The Doctor suffered an engine failure on lap 9 which saw his Yamaha M1 engulfed in smoke forcing him to retire from the race. This is Rossi’s second DNF of the 2016 season.
Here is what Valentino had to say about the incident: “In English they say ‘shit happens’!”
“It’s a great shame, because it’s always a pity when you have a problem with the bike in the race, but here even more so because it was in Mugello in front of all the crowd. I was very competitive in the race and very fast, I had a good start and I was there. I think I could have fought for the victory because I had a very good feeling and a strong pace. It’s also a great shame because this zero points score for the championship weighs very heavily. Lorenzo and Marquez finished first and second, so now the distance is hard, but it’s like this. The positive thing is that I was competitive over the whole weekend and I was strong. I could have fought for the victory, so now we wait for the next race in Montmeló. Catalunya is one of my favourite tracks, I like to race there a lot, so I think we will have a good potential, but now we have to wait ten days and after that we will see.”
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 has a deep history with the Mugello race circuit which is located in the heart of Italy’s Tuscan hills. For many years Valentino Rossi could do no wrong at the racetrack, it was a charmed place for ‘The Doctor’ and Italian race fans flocked to the Italian MotoGP every year to see their most famous modern morotcycle racer work his magic.
Between 2002 and 2008 Valentino Rossi was untouchable at Mugello and he managed to score seven consecutive wins at the racetrack, and in total he has nine victories at the circuit, the most wins any rider has at Mugello.
It is understandable that with such a dominant record at Mugello that anyone would feel superhuman at the racetrack, and the fans expected Rossi to win at Mugello. It had become his track – how could he lose?
Motorcycle racing is a fickle sport, and Mugello had other ideas about Rossi’s invincibility there. At the 2010 Mugello MotoGP Valentino Rossi suffered a high-speed crash during the morning warm-up and broke his leg. The injury meant Valentino would miss the next few races and it basically ruled out any hope of Valentino winning the championship that year. At the time of writing this, Valentino Rossi hasn’t won at Mugello since, although he has been on the podium a couple of times.
A quick look at the Mugello circuit: The Mugello race track is 5.245 km (3.259 miles) long. It is situated in a dip in the Tuscan hills and it is a twisty but fast racetrack that has 15 turns and a long straight (1141 metres). It is a great venue for fans as the sloped sides of the hills means you can usually get a great vantage of the track and its beautiful surroundings no matter where you are.
Valentino Rossi’s Mugello helmets:
Valentino Rossi first wore a different helmet design at Mugello in 2001, it was created to match his bike which was decked out in Hawaiian livery. The 500cc race was ultimately red flagged due to severe rain and Rossi failed to finish the race after crashing twice, but a new tradition was born.
In 2002 Valentino Rossi wore his first custom Mugello helmet (one that was not part of a wider motorcycle livery design) and it was a tribute to his father – called the ‘True Italian’ the design was an updated version of the helmet graphics that Rossi’s father used to race in. You can see it below.
The tradition of revealing a new helmet design for Mugello has now become an event in itself and the journalists and fans wait with baited breath on the morning of race day when the latest design is usually unveiled. As each year has passed, Valentino has had increasingly elaborate designs created for Mugello, often using them as a way to communicate with the fans, to celebrate recent successes or to poke fun at recent failures, or to simply make people laugh.
Probably the most famous helmet design that Rossi has ever revealed at Mugello came in 2008 when he wore a helmet that had a photo of his screaming face on the top which could be seen when Rossi put his head down when riding his Yamaha M1. The helmet was intended to show fans what it felt like to cling on to a MotoGP bike as you hurtle around the fast circuit and try and brake at the end of the long straight.
All Valentino Rossi’s Mugello helmets:
Check all of Valentino Rossi’s special Mugello helmets below, you can click on each one to find out a bit more about the story and inspiration behind each design:
Watch the mini-documentary in 2 parts where Valnetino Rossi talks about some of his most meaningful Mugello helmets designs and take a look behind the scenes at footage of Rossi and Aldo Drudi creating the 2012 Mugello helmet:
Good news for MotoGP fans and Valentino Rossi fans, the special helmet design, usually most commonly known as the ‘Mirror’ or ‘Yellow Energy’ that Rossi used for the Mugello GP in 2015 is now in stock at numerous places, including the ever wonderful Sportsbikeshop.co.uk. And it looks beautiful.
This beautiful looking helmet was created with a battery/energy gauge up the rear of the lid, with solar panels painted on the sides – Rossi used the helmet to give an indication of the energy that he gets from his fans at Mugello during a race weekend.
The reflective top of the helmet made it an eye-catching sight as he roared around the Mugello circuit.
Here are the specifications:
AGV Corsa Rossi – Limited Edition 2015 Mugello
The all new AGV Corsa Helmet is constructed from SSL (Super-Super-Light) Carbon-Kevlar and is based on same helmet worn by the top class Moto GP rider Valentino Rossi (Pista GP). With an all new shell shape and aerodynamically tested venting system hollowed directly in the shell, the AGV Corsa helmet longs to be at the track. The AGV Corsa has a Cool Max removable and washable interior with hygienic treatment. It has a Double D retention system and a clear, flat, anti-scratch, Pinlock ready polycarbonate race 2 visor with XQRS (Extra Quick Release System) and tear-off system.
SSL Carbon-kevlar 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
Weighs 1350g (+/- 50g)
This Valentino Rossi replica is available in the AGV Corsa range, which places it slightly under the Pista GP in spec, but above the K3 SV range, and Sportsbikeshop.co.uk are selling it £699.99, which is pretty good for a Limited Edition.
Where to buy it:
If you are based in the US or in Europe then there are other online retail outlets that you can order the Valentino Rossi 2015 Mugello helmet from – check the full list here.
For our money, this is probably one the the best Rossi replicas in years, and it will probably appeal to those riders that want something beautiful and slick looking, without the usualy Rossi craziness or cartoons as a design.
AGV will be making lots of race fans happy with the news that they are making the helmet design that Valentino Rossi wore for the 2015 Mugello MotoGP available as a race replica in the Corsa range. This is real eye-catching design!
As usual, Valentino Rossi showed up at the Mugello MotoGp round with a custom designed helmet to celebrate the occasion – gone was the usual Soleluna helmet design in favor of this reflective helmet design that is often referred to as the ‘mirror’ design, ‘yellow energy’, or ‘solar power’.
The helmet featured a battery energy level gauge on the rear where each level corresponds to each of the sessions over the course of the race weekend (e.g. red for the first free practice, all the way up to yellow at the top for race day). The sides of the helmet had a solar panel design and the top of the helmet had a reflective mirror effect which created a stunning effect during the race.
This is a spectacular looking Valentino Rossi helmet – be warned though, this is a limited edition and will likely sell out quickly and when stock is gone, then it really is gone.
Official description of the AGV Valentino Rossi Corsa helmet:
The Corsa has the performance of the Pista GP and the characteristics of a helmet for road use.
The carbon-fibre/glass-fibre/aramid SSL (Super Super Light) shell was designed using FEM techniques (Finite Elements Analysis) and features EPS internal ducts in the shell to provide a small, light helmet which is both comfortable and extremely safe. The result is a helmet that is significantly superior than the limits set by ECE standards and that weighs just 1350 g (refers to MS size ECE 2205 version).
Unlike the Pista GP, the Corsa comes with a system for opening and closing the air vents which makes it a less extreme, more versatile helmet. The entire ventilation system was designed using computational fluid dynamic modelling and wind tunnel tests. This helmet is highly efficient at removing heat and moisture from the rider’s head. Thanks to its large rear spoiler, the Corsa boasts first class performance in terms of aerodynamic penetration and high speed stability. Overall, the visor aperture is 9% bigger meaning a 15° improvement in vision which obviously enhances the active safety factor.
The fit of the Corsa was developed using “Human Engineering” whereby the design starts from the surfaces in contact with the wearer’s head. The inside of the helmet starts with a concave 3D structure that is pre-shaped to match the contours of the rider’s head and any surfaces in contact with the head are stitch-free. The Lycra® and Shalimar® sanitized internal components are fully adjustable due to the fact that the position and depth of the crown pad can be modified as can the thickness of the cheek pads.
The combination of these solutions, which are covered by three separate patents, make the Corsa fit the different cranial shapes as never before.
Built in conjunction with Valentino Rossi and tested at the highest levels. The Corsa is not a full carbon fiber shell but the shell shape, aerodynamics, ventilation and eye-port improvements will be shared cross platform with the Pista GP Helmet.
Shell: SSL (Super Super Light) in composite fiber, aramid & Carbon Fiber
Number of Shells: 4 shell sizes
Ventilation System: IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) with wide ducts hollowed into the shell
Interior: Breathable Lycra® micro-porous lining and Dry-comfort fabric with sanitizing treatment
Interior: Fully removable and washable inner liners of CoolMax fabric
Face shield: RACE 2 flat, non-scratch shield with wide field of vision and suitable for tear-offs
Shield Mechanism: XQRS (Extra Quick Release System) in metal with roto-translation opening
Quick Release Shield: For tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds
Retention System: Double D
Safety Certification: DOT and SHARP 5 Star
Images of the AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi Mugello 2015 helmet:
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One good thing about AGV making Valentino Rossi race replicas available in their entry and mid-level helmet ranges is that you get the chance to pick up some really iconic (and official) Valentino Rossi designs at an affordable price.
And now it is the turn of the Turtle, or ‘Tartaruga’, design that Valentino wore for the 2013 Mugello MotoGP. This helmet was originally released as a limited edition in the expensive AGV Corsa range, but now it is available in the bestselling AGV K3 SV range. The K3 is an upper ‘entry level’ helmet that takes many of its features from AGV’s premium helmet ranges, but comes in at around $/£200….even with official Valentino Rossi graphics.
The turtle design was inspired by Rossi’s first racing mascot from his childhood – a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle that he stuck on his helmet when he raced at Mini Moto. The helmet pays tribute to this by featuring a cartoon turtle positioned on top of his helmet. The rear of the helmet also contains a message as 4 stick figures can be seen. These stick figures represent Marquez, Lorenzo, and Pedrosa, with a yellow stick figure (Rossi) running to catch up with them – this was an acknowledgement by Rossi that he hadn’t been fast enough to stay with the top 3 so far in the season, and had to up his game to break into the top positions.
This is a beautiful looking helmet with a fun and memorable Rossi design.
Official description of the AGV K3 SV Valentino Rossi Turtle Helmet:
The AGV K3 SV is an exciting addition to the street/road collection of AGV helmets. This is a helmet to suit many riders: from the first time biker who wants a quality lid from day one, through to the more mature biker who is interested in balancing safety and performance on a budget. At such a sensible price, the AGV K3 SV really is an impressive lid.
The K-3 SV was developed from the experience AGV gained during the design process of the Pista GP and Corsa helmets. Thanks to the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEM), the technical department developed a benchmark product in terms of comfort, aerodynamics and safety. This helmet has a wide appeal and is suitable for young riders with a passion for racing as well as for more mature riders looking for comfort and high performance characteristics.
2 sizes of HIR-TH external shell (High Resistance Thermoplastic Resin)
Inner shell in EPS in 4 sizes
Shell and EPS dimensions optimised using the FEM (Finite Elements Analysis) system.
Ventilation system designed and optimised in a wind tunnel, comprising 4 front vents (3 at the front and one on the chin guard) and 2 rear extractors
XQRS (X-tra Quick Release System) visor mechanism
For tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds.
Visor mechanism with PVS system (Perimetrical Visor Seal) for improved seal and protection against draughts and noise thanks to the seat for the visor edge.
GT2 (sizes ML-L-XL-XXL) and GT2-1 (sizes XS-SMS) visors in scratch resistant and anti-fog polycarbonate with 100% UV-ray protection
Integrated removable Sun Visor (ISV) with scratch-resistant visor with tool-free repla-cement system
Removable breath deﬂector
Removable windproof chin strap protection
Fully removable and washable 3D inner liners
Sanitised Dry-Comfort fabrics
Micrometrically adjustable strap retention system
Anti-theft ring on strap
Asian Fit option
With Pinlock Visor
Image gallery of the AGV K3 SV Valentino Rossi Turtle helmet:
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