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2018 Franco Morbidelli helmet shots

#mylid 2018: Franco Morbidelli and a bit of spice with the salsa

Jun 012018

Moto2 World Champion and current MotoGP rookie Franco Morbidelli is one of the more curious characters on the Grand Prix grid. The Italian seems to aptly combine the laidback approach and feverish racing style of both his Brazilian and Italian roots; the mix of cultures from his parents is something that the very first graduate from the VR46 Academy to reach the MotoGP class acknowledges through his ‘lid’.

“It is very easy for me to get a design for the helmet because I like to bring my origins!” the 23 year old smiles.

Italian and Brazilian flags and shades jostle for space on the AGV headwear and the explosion of colours was created by a famed helmet designer and painter who has been Valentino Rossi’s friend and style guru for two decades.

“I’m lucky to work with a great designer, which is Aldo [Drudi],” ‘Morbido’ explains. “I go to his place and we spend an afternoon together and we think about things. He’s a genius and it is very easy to work with him. I let him come up with ideas and just give a few pieces of advice how I’d like to see and have the helmet. He does most of the job and makes it look so good.”

Morbidelli faces the first of his home Grands Prix (and perhaps the most iconic) with the Gran Premi d’italia at Mugello and the fearsome 360kmph start straight. It will be another episode in an educational maiden term in MotoGP where he is striving to write the next chapter of his career. With fellow Academy rider and countryman Pecco Bagnaia due to make the MotoGP step in 2019 and other athletes like Lorenzo Baldassarri shining it is a good time to standout and be seen…and not just for the results.


“It’s important to have a good design, it is my identity and I want to show it in a nice way,” Franco says. “When everything fits and all the colours match then it is something to be proud of.”