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

Valentino Rossi ‘Wish You Were Here’ (Pink Floyd) helmet replica

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:

Valentino Rossi 'Wish You Were Here' (Pink Floyd) helmet replica
Valentino Rossi 'Wish You Were Here' (Pink Floyd) helmet replica
Valentino Rossi 'Wish You Were Here' (Pink Floyd) helmet replica

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 release brand new Valentino Rossi ‘Icon’ and ’46’ helmet designs in K3 helmet range

AGV K3 Valentino Rossi Icon HelmetAV K3 Valentino Rossi 46 Helmet

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:
Valentino Rossi AGV K3 Icon

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…).

Where to buy it:

AGV Valentino Rossi K3’46’ Helmet:
Valentino Rossi AGV K3 46

This is probably one of our favourite Valentino Rossi helmet designs. This helmet is based on the design that was worn by Rossi between 2003 to 2005.

It features a bold ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’ logo in blue, black, and yellow. Compared to Valentino Rossi’s usual over-the-top colours and graphics, this is a moody and dark looking helmet.

Where to buy it:

Confirmed: Valentino Rossi to leave Ducati and return to Yamaha

Valentino Rossi Qatar 2012

So that’s it – it has now been confirmed that Valentino Rossi will be leaving Ducati at the end of the 2012 season and will rejoin Yamaha alongside Jorge Lorenzo in a two year contract.

Lin Jarvis – Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing
“This announcement is once again excellent news for Yamaha. In June we were able to sign Jorge Lorenzo for the 2013-14 campaign and now we are able to confirm Valentino Rossi for the next two years. In doing so we have been able to put together the strongest possible team to challenge for victories and to promote the Yamaha brand.

“We have run this ‘super team’ together in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and during that time we achieved the ‘triple crown’ titles with Rider, Manufacturer and Team World Championship victories for three consecutive years.

“The target for the future is obvious and we will do our utmost to achieve our goals.

“I have no doubt that with the experience, knowledge, skills and speed of these two great champion riders we will be able to challenge for many race wins and for the 2013 and 2014 World Championship titles.

“The signing of Valentino completes our future planning for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team. Now that this is done we will put our 100% efforts into completing the job at hand and to supporting Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo in their search for race victories and for Jorge’s 2012 World Championship title challenge.”

And here is the Ducati press release on the matter:

As the MotoGP series awaits its return to action for the August 19 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Ducati announces that its working relationship with Valentino Rossi will conclude at the end of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.

Ducati wishes the Italian well for the new challenges that await him, and in the meantime, the team will continue to give its best effort in order to improve over the latter part of the season.

Racing has always been in Ducati’s DNA, and now more than ever, it is integral to the Borgo Panigale company’s product development and image. Audi shares Ducati’s strategic approach and agrees with its growing commitment to competition.

Valentino Rossi’s 2012 Mugello helmet “Let’s Stick Together”

Valentino Rossi's 2012 Mugello helmet "Let's Stick Together"

Valentino Rossi has finally unveiled his latest helmet design for Mugello.

This year’s special Mugello helmet has already set tongues wagging about the possible hidden messages contained within the design.

The helmet has a flowery design that features Italian TV personality and singer Gianni Morandi on the top of the helmet with the phrase ‘Restiamo Uniti’ – which can be loosely translated as ‘Let’s stay united’ or ‘Lets stick together’. The saying is one of Morandi’s most used catchphrases.

Is this a message to Ducati that possibly hints that Valentino Rossi will be staying for another two years? Rossi has been in discussions with Audi, who have just bought the company and initial rumours suggest that they want Rossi to stay with the team and will committed to constructing a more competitive bike.

The phrase ‘Festival of Mugello’ [“Festival Del Mugello”] is written on the rear, and the title of Morandi’s song “Fatti mandare dalla mamma a prendere il latte” is also written around the helemt.

The rear of the helmet features the usual Rossi logos, including his sun and moon motif, his bulldogs Cecilia and Cesare, and the #58 in tribute to Marco Simoncelli.

Image Gallery of Valentino Rossi’s 2012 Mugello helmet (click to enlarge):

Valentino Rossi and the story of Mugello – Valentino’s iconic helmets

Monster Energy have just released an interesting video of Valentino Rossi describing some of the special one-off helmet designs that he has worn for the Mugello MotoGP over the years.

Valentino Rossi talks about some of the most important helmet designs and describes the story and the meaning behind some of his most famous Mugello helmets.

Official Description:
Valentino Rossi’s connection with the Italian Grand Prix has never been short of emotion. From his seven consecutive race victories, through to the anguish of 2010 and the return on a Ducati machine to its spiritual home, the race has always left a huge impression on the tens of thousands who come to idolise him. Starting in 2002 the Mugello story took an added twist and tradition of a one-off helmet which was often dedicated to Italy and his fans. Never short on imagination or humour Valentino’s delivered a sense of fun and an insight into his private thoughts each year. The 2012 story will be unknown to the world, as is tradition, until Valentino produces the helmet on Saturday morning but the best place to start is to look through some of his own personal favourites form years gone by.

The Mugello story continues with Aldo Drudi and Valentino sharing some of the behind the scenes work that goes into the helmets.

Valentino Rossi vents frustration after poor Qatar performance

Valentino Rossi Qatar 2012

Valentino Rossi had a terrible start to the 2012 MotoGP season at Qatar – after hinting that there might be some set-up tweaks that would slightly improve performance on the night, Rossi went on to finish in 10th position and over 33 seconds behind race winner Jorge Lorenzo.

In a post race interview with Sportmediaset, Rossi vented some of his frustration in what could only have been described as a calm and controlled outburst.

Rossi said:
“We ran out of hope last season. When Barbera passed me, with a hard move that pushed me into the runoff area, he had only one objective: getting in front of me. The actual race position didn’t matter. I even thought about pulling into the pits and finishing my race there, but I kept going only out of respect for my team members, and to collect useful data.”

Rossi then went on to critise Ducati by saying:
“Ducati didn’t follow the direction that I indicated, but I’m not an engineer and I can’t solve every problem. It wouldn’t have changed much to finish sixth. This certainly isn’t an appealing result for me, and I’m aiming at least for the podium. I’m not able to ride the bike as I like. I’m faster on used tires than on new. The rear is pushing a lot, and things only improve slightly when the tires start to slide. I have no confidence, and I can’t even get ahead of Hayden, who gave everything he had to finish 28 seconds behind the leader. The problems with the bike haven’t changed, and neither have my requests. It’s unrideable, and it doesn’t make much difference what track we are on. I’m not able to enter the corners hard on the brakes, and we can’t hope the situation will change completely with the new Bridgestone tires. These aren’t problems you can solve with setup alone.”

The official Ducati press release was a lot more ‘neutral’:
“Unfortunately, I lost a lot of time in the beginning because when I had new tyres with good grip, the rear pushed a lot, making it very difficult under braking. Then Barbera pushed me off the track and I lost five or six seconds. Otherwise, I could have stayed with that group. As the tyre became used and began to slide, I started to ride a bit better and to do better times, to the point that I matched my best time on the last lap. By that point though, it didn’t count for much.”

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.”