Of course, riders wear special helmets all the time — there’s probably a one-off design at every race — but for some reason Valentino Rossi’s lids, at his home grand prix, are always a special occasion for GP fans.
For the 2015 Italian GP, Valentino Rossi is wearing the very attractive “Yellow Energy” helmet, penned of course by Aldo Drudi. For the VR46 fans in the crowd, we have a smattering of high-resolution photos of the custom AGV Pista GP helmet. Enjoy!
AGV explains the helmet design with the following:
During a typical race weekend, ‘The Doctor’s’ energy level steadily rises until attaining its peak in time for Sunday’s race. To represent this phenomenon, the rear of his 2015 Mugello helmet reflects six different energy levels, beginning with the bright red of the first free practice and advancing session by session to the maximum level—Vale’s signature yellow—just in time for him to line up on the starting grid.
On its right side, the helmet features the Italian words Energia Rinnovabile (“Renewable Energy”), along with a “recycling” icon surrounding Rossi’s No. 46. The helmet’s left side displays the words “Yellow Energy” and the paw-prints of Valentino’s pets—dogs Cesare and Camilla, and cat Rossano. The chin guard provides an additional energy boost through blue solar panels.
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