Valentino Rossi’s 1996 SoleLuna helmet design at Sepang

AGV Pista GP R Valentino Rossi 20 years helmet

Valentino Rossi Sepang 2018

Valentino Rossi pulled a classic helmet design out of the bag for the recent 2018 MotoGP test sessions at Sepang.

The past test sessions at the end of 2017 had seen Valentino Rossi wearing a beautiful new design that was inspired by a Mexican art technique known as Huichol, but for the latest 2018 test session Rossi chose to resurrect his original 1996 SoleLuna helmet design. This is the same design that Rossi wore when he scored his first World Title about 20 years ago in 1997.

The Sun and Moon have been symbols that Rossi has literaly raced with for every season in some shape or form during his MotoGP career, and this is the design that started it all off – the original Soleluna!

This 2018 version of the design has been slightly tweaked from the original in order to fit Rossi’s AGV Pista GP R helmet, and the updated design for this Sepang test helmet was done by Aldo Drudi, the man behind the original design (and pretty much every Valentino Rossi helmet design ever since).

Here is Valentino Rossi showing off the new helmet at Sepang:

Valentino Rossi 20 Years AGV helmet

The good news is that AGV are making this exact helmet available as a limited edition in the Pista GP R range. Basically the same helmet that Rossi wore during the test can be yours also.

Stock is due to be available in February 2018, so if you want to secure yourself one (and have the money, the Pista GP R is AGV’s most expensive helmet) then check the links below for where you can secure one of these beautiful limited edition Valentino Rossi helmets:

Valentino Rossi Sepang 2018

Qatar MotoGP Test Day 2 – Valentino Rossi finishes in 8th

Valentino Rossi at Qatar night test 2016

Valentino Rossi at Qatar night test 2016

Day 2 of the 2016 Qatar MoptoGP testing session saw Valentino Rossi finish up in 8th place on the timesheets after a total of 56 laps. Maverick Vinales continued his impressive form to take top slot, with Andrea Iannon taking second, and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo in third.

Despite the dry conditions both Yamaha riders struggled with grip.

Valentino Rossi said:

“The second day was OK, I worked a lot and did a lot of laps because we have quite a lot of work to do. In the end my performance was not fantastic in the lap and the position because I’m a little bit worse compared to yesterday, but in reality we didn’t do a real time attack because we tried to save some tyres because it’s important for tomorrow. We don’t have a lot of tyres, so we’re trying to manage. I think tomorrow will be very important for trying to understand our potential in a better way and especially for trying to improve the lap time and also for making a long run and try to understand our pace.”

Qatar MotoGP test, Day 2: Final times:

1 VIÑALES, Maverick Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:55.436 28 / 42 19:32.427
2 IANNONE, Andrea Ducati Team 1:55.508 0.072 0.072 25 / 41 1:55.553
3 LORENZO, Jorge Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:55.535 0.099 0.027 14 / 48 1:56.685
4 REDDING, Scott Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1:55.677 0.241 0.142 32 / 43 11:32.543
5 BARBERA, Hector Avintia Racing 1:55.815 0.379 0.138 20 / 35 1:56.927
6 DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 1:55.856 0.420 0.041 40 / 46 1:56.468
7 PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 1:55.857 0.421 0.001 42 / 42 1:55.857
8 ROSSI, Valentino Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:55.947 0.511 0.090 24 / 56 1:56.822
9 MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 1:56.046 0.610 0.099 4 / 42 1:56.258
10 ESPARGARO, Aleix Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:56.126 0.690 0.080 20 / 32 1:57.928
11 ESPARGARO, Pol Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:56.173 0.737 0.047 16 / 30 1:57.066
12 BAZ, Loris Avintia Racing 1:56.427 0.991 0.254 27 / 45 2:30.873
13 CRUTCHLOW, Cal LCR Honda 1:56.584 1.148 0.157 48 / 50 3:00.162
14 HERNANDEZ, Yonny Aspar MotoGP Team 1:56.667 1.231 0.083 13 / 38 1:58.957
15 RABAT, Tito EG 0.0 Marc VDS 1:57.263 1.827 0.596 29 / 49 3:05.634
16 SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:57.267 1.831 0.004 7 / 14 1:58.396
17 LAVERTY, Eugene Aspar MotoGP Team 1:57.670 2.234 0.403 25 / 41 2:27.804
18 BAUTISTA, Alvaro Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:57.721 2.285 0.051 28 / 36 1:58.041
19 MILLER, Jack EG 0.0 Marc VDS 1:57.789 2.353 0.068 4 / 20 1:57.793
20 PIRRO, Michele Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1:58.113 2.677 0.324 16 / 21 12.346
21 AOYAMA, Hiroshi HRC Test Team 1:58.347 2.911 0.234 60 / 62 1:58.723
22 BRADL, Stefan Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:58.418 2.982 0.071 8 / 16 2:11.204

Lorenzo top, Rossi third in first night of Qatar test

Valentino Rossi Qatar test 2016

Despite a crash on his first lap, Valentino Rossi finished the first night of Qatar testing in 3rd place overall. Jorge Lorenzo took top spot, closely followed by Maverick Vinales.

MotoGP Qatar 2016 day 1 Test Times

1 Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha 1m55.452s
2 Maverick Vinales – Suzuki 1m55.880s
3 Valentino Rossi – Yamaha 1m55.894s
4 Andrea Iannone – Ducati 1m56.119s
5 Scott Redding – Ducati 1m56.213s
6 Hector Barbera – Ducati 1m56.320s
7 Andrea Dovizioso -Ducati 1m56.388s
8 Cal Crutchlow – Honda 1m56.510s
9 Bradley Smith – Yamaha 1m56.517s
10 Marc Marquez – Honda 1m56.523s
11 Aleix Espargaro – Suzuki 1m56.552s
12 Pol Espargaro – Yamaha 1m56.747s
13 Daniel Pedrosa – Honda 1m56.910s
14 Yonny Hernandez – Ducati 1m57.021s
15 Loris Baz – Ducati 1m57.121s
16 Jack Miller – Honda 1m57.850s
17 Michele Pirro – Ducati 1m57.891s
18 Esteve Rabat – Honda 1m58.016s
19 Stefan Bradl – Aprilia 1m58.066s
20 Eugene Laverty – Ducati 1m58.269s
21 Hiroshi Aoyama – Honda 1m58.744s
22 Alvaro Bautista – Aprilia 1m58.753s
23 Takuya Tsuda – Suzuki 2m00.578s

Valentino Rossi’s crash came on his first lap, but he was unharmed and was able to resume testing on his second bike. Speaking of the incident Rossi said:

Valentino Rossi:

“I started in a bad way, because after ten corners I crashed. I wasn‘t very fast, but maybe because I had too much angle the rear slid, but fortunately it was just a small slide at 70 km/h. It wasn‘t a big problem but to start like this wasn‘t fantastic… After the problem we jumped on the other bike and I‘m quite satisfied about today because, also here in Qatar, it looks like our bike is competitive. We can be strong and fast and this is the most important thing, because it’s already the third track where the Yamaha is competitive. We also started with a good base set-up, in fact I didn‘t work a lot on it.

“I felt good from the first moment and rode quite fast and I was able to consistently improve my lap times and in the end I‘m in the third position, so it was a good day. Today Jorge was very fast, he was faster, but like in Phillip Island me, Viñales and Jorge are the stronger riders. In Phillip Island there was also Marquez, here it looks like he was a bit slower than us today. I‘m happy to stay with the frontrunners and already lap in 1‘55s, a little bit faster compared to the test last year, so it‘s a good result. After the first two tests we decided to go with the bike that‘s more similar to last year and now we have two race bikes ready in the garage, so we‘re already in race-mode.”

Yamaha video footage from Phillip Island MotoGP testing 2016

MotoGP Valentino Rossi Phillip Island test

MotoGP Valentino Rossi Phillip Island test

The first two days of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island are over, and much like the Sepang test in February the teams and riders are finding that the weather conditions are once again against them.

Day 1:

The first day was frustrating due to cold and wet conditions, but as the track driend up towards the end of the session Valentino Rossi managed to post a lap time of 1’33.088 to finish the day in sixth place.

Valentino Rossi on the first day of Phillip Island testing:

It‘s very positive to come here to Phillip Island, because we have a lot of different things to try, especially tires and we know this track is always very demanding for the compound. Unfortunately we expected summer, but it‘s winter. Today the season changed a minimum of ten times, we had to wait a lot and it was quite frustrating because it was important to do some work, but we didn’t do a lot of laps. We were able to do some wet laps and also some dry laps at the end. We hope that tomorrow and Friday the weather will become better. It‘s always difficult to find the right window to use the intermediate tyre, but it can help. In the past, with the slick, it was quite dangerous to go out in half and half conditions. I think this year we can use the time more effectively, but here in Phillip Island the feeling with the bike and the tires changed a lot compared to last year, so we need to work; every track can be different.

Watch video highlights below from the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team on the first day of testing at Phillip Island:

Day 2

The second day of testing saw Valentino Rossi end in fourth position after posting a lap time that was only 0.273s off the pace of Maverick Viñales the surprise leader for the day. Track conditions were not as bad as day 1 and dry line developed on track over teh course of the session that the riders tried to exploit to its maximum.

Valentino Rossi on the second day of Phillip Island testing:

“We‘re lucky and happy, because the summer arrived today and we could work on the bikes and understand more, especially about the tyres. Sincerely, I‘m very satisfied about today because from the morning until the end I was always fast and competitive and in one of the first positions. I also had a good feeling with the bike and I was able to improve, from the morning to the afternoon, the pace and the lap times. The only thing we haven‘t had time for was to compare the two bikes; we will do it tomorrow, hoping we have good weather like today. About all other things I‘m satisfied, because I have a good pace and also my best lap is good. I got fourth position, but the first four are the four riders that were more competitive today and are close in times, so we are there at the front. For sure, keeping up the pace in the race will be harder, simply because you get less help from the electronics, you have to do more work with your body and the throttle, so that will be a bit more demanding.”

Watch the Yamaha MotoGP team highlights for day 2 of Phillip Island testing below:

Video and Photos of Valentino Rossi’s return to Yamaha (Testing 2012)

valentino rossi yamaha 2012

Valentino Rossi’s long awaited return to Yamaha was a subdued affair, with much of the testing session held at Valencia being rained off.

Rossi managed to squeeze in 28 laps on the first day of testing, and the Yamaha team then packed up the garages to head off to Aragon for day 2 of testing…..where they were hit by more rain. It looks like MotoGP fans will need to wait a while longer before they can see just how competitive Valentino Rossi is back on the Yamaha.

Despite the lack of track action, there are still plenty of photos and videos from the test to check out:

Video footage of Valentino Rossi’s 2012 1000cc Yamaha Test:

Photo-montage of Rossi’s return to Yamaha:

Valentino Rossi pleased with set-up in Jerez

Rossi Jerez Test

Valentino Rossi completed the final 2012 MotoGP test at Jerez, and despite a disappointing start to the weekend, the Italian managed to finish in 6th position by the final day.

Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 6th, 1:39.733 (90 laps)
“Today went much better than Friday, and I’m pleased… we’re pleased. Unfortunately, we made some mistakes at Sepang 2 chasing a bad setup, and we paid for that a bit on Friday because we started from that base. Then Saturday’s rain cost us an entire day, but today we finally worked well all day long. Step by step, we arrived at our current potential: I’m sixth, and I did a 1:39.7, which is a good time considering that we’ve only really ridden this bike for six or seven days. We changed the setup, first the rear and then the front, and now I enter the corners pretty well again. I’m able to lean and I can ‘risk’ a bit more. Although we know very well that we still have a long road ahead, if we look at the gap to the front we can say we’re ready for the first race.”