Vale's favourite animal on his helmet at Mugello
The Italian Grand Prix just wouldn't be the same without Valentino Rossi dedicating a new helmet to it, and, in 2013 too, he didn't let us down. For Mugello, the Doctor chose a 'turtle helmet' decorated with a design featuring a cartoon type turtle shell with two huge eyes at the front. Since his childhood, Valentino has always been fascinated by this animal: the first furry toy his mother gave him was a ninja turtle and when he rode in the mini moto series, he always had it fitted to the top of his helmet. Since then he has always had the same graphic on his helmets in one way or another and even has one tattooed on his hip.
In the presentation video the Yamaha rider explains his choice: “We have always used my turtle as an ironic comment about performance and added four men (…) who in order are: Pedrosa, Marquez and Lorenzo and I'm the one in yellow chasing and trying to catch them…”. Right from the start of the Championship, Valentino has been chasing the Spanish riders. You can see the video at http://youtu.be/cG2wQxtbyq4
This limited edition faithfully reproduces the graphics on Valentino's race helmet except for other sponsor's logos and visor components and accessories. The helmet features splashes of fluorescent colours and has Valentino's lucky number 46 on the back as well as his two trust bulldogs Cesare and Cecilia who mimic their master by also having turtle shells. As usual this image was created and developed with the designer Aldo Drudi. The Corsa is a supersport helmet which combines the performance of the Pista GP with road-going characteristics such as adjustable ventilation and improved comfort without having to forgo the performance standards of the GP version.
EXTREME STANDARDS HELMETS is the name of the revolutionary new range of AGV helmets which includes the Corsa. It is based on the “Human Engineering” concept and applies to a new design process which starts from the components that are in direct contact with the head and gradually progresses to the outer shell. As a result, the structural shapes imitate the area of contact thus providing greater safety and smaller dimensions.