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Rossi's 2012 season helmets

by Arun Mohan Nadar Posted on January 17, 2013 20:56 IST 3,126 Views

Valentino Rossi is known for his vibrant personality and feels that his helmets are the best canvas to express his thoughts

Rossi with the
project 46 helmet



Project 46 helmet:

Apart from the Ducati GP12 for the 2012 pre-season testing, Rossi had a new AGV prototype helmet which was free of the usual Rossi graphics and was finished in bare carbon fibre. The Italian debuted the same 'Project 46' helmet with colours and graphics in the first race of the season at Qatar. The helmet was literally built around Rossi with the help of a biometric scan of his head and face to ensure that it fitted better. AGV was also able to increase the air flow by an incredible 193 per cent. Further the field of vision and aerodynamics were also improved. AGV also manufacturerd just 100 helmets without any sponsor logos as a collectors items for Rossi fans.



Rossi with the Marco Simoncelli
tribute helmet



Marco Simoncelli tribute helmet:

For the first official pre-season testing of 2012 at Sepang, Rossi returned to the track where he had lost his friend Marco Simoncelli in 2011. For him, Simoncelli was not just another rider but more like a ‘brother’ and he wore a special helmet as a tribute to him. According to the veteran the helmet that was designed by Aldo Drudi is a blend of Simoncelli’s helmet and his own lid. The helmet featured the deceased rider’s trademark red and white stripes at the front, which blend to give way for Rossi’s ‘Elements’ design at the rear. The helmet also features Simoncelli’s iconic number 58 above the visor.


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