It is another winter testing period for the MotoGP riders, and that means that Valentino Rossi has another special “Winter Test” AGV helmet design for us. This year, The Doctor takes his inspiration from Huichol bead art, after he visited the region on a recent vacation to Mexico.
As such, Rossi’s winter test AGV Pista GP R helmet features a hand-painted bead design that plays on the winter motif, with the Italian’s usual affinity for symbols.
“Huichol art immediately intrigued me, because it uses many of my symbols, like the sun and moon or the turtle,” explained Valentino Rossi. “We have tried to recreate the effect of the beads that the Mexicans use to bring color and shape to these objects, but to do so with a Valentino Rossi twist.”
“The helmet looks really good, Aldo Drudi did a great job, as did Davide in particular (Davide Degli Innocenti is the graphics and coloring manager at Drudi Performance); he created the beads with a brush, one by one. We might say that the helmet has become a work of art, something we’ve never seen before.”
As you can expect, AGV will be making Valentino Rossi’s winter test helmet design available as a limited edition model for enthusiasts.
In the meantime, we will have to see whether the Huichol design can bring The Doctor some extra luck for the 2018 season, as the factory-backed Yamahas struggled throughout 2017.