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Valentino Rossi special edition helment for Mugello GP 2019

The 2019 Rossi Mugello helmet: the palette for a pacey ‘artist’

Jun 012019

No cartoon, no gimmicks, no wacky creativity: instead some Italian class. The annual ritual of the Valentino Rossi custom helmet ‘unveil’ that is now almost part of the Gran Premio D’Italia timetable, showed an elegant take on the Monster Energy Yamaha man’s 24th appearance around the hallowed curves of Mugello.

Memories of the ‘freaked out’ Rossi face, the donkey, the chicken, the football, the blues brothers, the fish, the turtle, the eye and many more graphics between Mugello and Misano – the two grand prix epicentres of Rossi’s two-decade career as a motorcycle racing icon - flashed up again as the 40 year old presented his ‘brushed’ take on the ‘il Tricolore’. The latest scheme from Rossi’s friend and famed designer Aldo Drudi is something that helmet brand AGV claim is a ‘new and bright livery that interprets the Italian flag motif like never before.”

“It is very similar to the test design,” Vale said. “Together with Aldo we wanted a hand painted look for the Italian flag, so for this we changed the colour also. I like it!”

“For sure the big difference is the speed,” #46 reflects, who went seven years unbeaten at the track. “Now with MotoGP is more scary because you arrive a bit faster: when you go on the ‘hill’ you jump a little bit with both tyres. With the 500 it was more difficult for the wheelie because we didn't have the anti-wheelie, so you had to control a little bit with the throttle. Now the bike with the wings it jumps more! It is always scary and emotional every lap.”