VALENTINO ROSSI AND ANDREA IANNONE DEDICATE THEIR HELMETS TO TWO GREAT SPORTING CHAMPIONS
Mugello Circuit, June 3, 2017 – In what has now become a tradition, the AGV Pista GP R helmets Rossi and Iannone use during the Saturday morning qualifying sessions for the Italian Motorcycle Grand Prix held in Mugello feature special celebratory designs. Designer Aldo Drudi has transformed heartfelt tributes to Francesco Totti and Nicky Hayden into personalized helmets for The Doctor and The Maniac.
The background colors are green, like the turf on a soccer field, and inevitable yellow. The subject is obviously Valentino Rossi who, with this new helmet, is depicted as a soccer player with the number 46, light blue National team jersey and a band aid on his forehead, poised in front of the goalkeeper and ready to score a goal. The writing next to the cartoon reads, “Mo' je faccio er cucchiaio”, which reveals who the rider from Team Movistar Yamaha has dedicated this helmet to: Francesco Totti, the star soccer player from Rome who just “retired”. On the back of the helmet is another famous statement associated with Totti, “Un capitano… C'è solo un capitano!” (One captain…there is only one captain!) and the sponsor Yamaha Factory Racing peeking out from behind the goal post. On the sides of the chin strap, the number 46 is joined by 69, the number of the great Nicky Hayden, to form a single, dual-tone 469. The AGV shield is positioned on the side and includes the writing, “Mugello 2017”.
The personalized graphics stem from inspiration of the rider in collaboration with Aldo Drudi, who is very adept at transforming ideas into shapes and colors. The AGV helmet, which has been with Valentino for 20 years and by his side each time he took the victory, is also dedicated to his homeland and the hills of Mugello packed with his fans.
For the Saturday session of the Italian Moto GP, Andrea Iannone is also introducing an AGV helmet with a personalized design. His is a very special tribute to American Nicky Hayden, the great champion of motorcycling who recently passed away, before his 36th birthday. The background features idyllic blue sky and white clouds, in Hayden’s honor. The chin strap bears the number 29 for the Team Suzuki Ecstar driver, and 69 for Nicky, whose name in italics fills the head of the helmet. On the back, the Italian flag intertwines with the American flag. The AGV logo, with its tricolor shield, stands out on the sides and back of the helmet. Just like Valentino's helmet, Iannone's was also designed by Aldo Drudi, who masterfully interprets the dreams of his rider friends. Andrea has also dedicated his helmet to the fans who have always supported him during his races.
The Pista GP R, the evolution of the innovative Pista GP, offers the most protection of any helmet ever produced. It is the perfect synthesis of protection, performance and comfort, the three cornerstones in development protocols of AGV Extreme Standards. The Pista GP R offers superior visibility and is characterized by the patented Visor Lock System (VLS). With the use of the new Biplano spoiler, aerodynamic performance is optimized and the comfort level benefits from a patented interior system and the implementation of the Integrated Ventilation System (IVS).