Valentino Rossi returned to the factory Yamaha team in 2013 after spending two frustrating years racing for the factory Ducati team. Valentino returned as the number 2 rider and team-mate to Jorge Lorenzo.
Valentino’s first laps on his return to Yamaha actually took place in 2012 during the winter test sessions. Rossi marked his return to Yamaha in these test sessions with a personalized helmet design called ‘Kendo‘.
This Kendo testing helmet design was then followed by a completely new primary helmet design for the start of the season. This new helmet design was created by Aldo Drudi and became known as SoleLuna.
This new design replaced the ‘Elements‘ helmet, that Rossi had previously been using during his time at Ducati. New team, new bike, new helmet.
The layout of the the helmet continued the main design theme of Valentino’s last few primary race helmets in that it featured the Sun at the front of the helmet and the Moon at the rear. The Sun and Moon have been motifs that Valentino has used since pretty much the start of his racing career, but the SoleLuna design makes them the brightest that they have been for a long time. The bright yellow rays of the Sun have red edges, and they sweep back towards the rear of the helmet where they intersect with a huge blue crescent moon. The number 46 is positioned on the sides, and the Monster Energy logos are placed on the chin and the cheeks.
A beautiful design and one that Valentino has carried through as his main helmet design for a number of seasons, since it was first launched in 2013.
Image gallery of the Valentino Rossi SoleLuna helmet:
Where can I buy it?
AGV always make Valentino Rossi’s helmets available and they have created a few replicas of the SoleLuna design:
- SoleLuna Pista GP: The first replica that was released was a limited edition in the premium Pista GP range. This helmet is basically the same as the one Rossi wears, and it even came complete with Monster Energy logos, which is unusual as many replica helmets feature the design but without the official sponsors logos. Check it out HERE
- SoleLuna Corsa: AGV also released the SoleLuna in the AGV Corsa range, this replica was slightly more affordable than the Pista model, but it came without the Monster Energy logos. Check it out HERE.