In the past, we’ve seen many differently styled helmets specifically made for Valentino Rossi. Rossi is known for his innovative designs for his helmets. He always does something new for most of the occasions, whether a crash because of his silly mistake or paying tribute to a fellow rider. This time he got inspired by the Huichol bead art after he visited the region on a recent vacation to Mexico.
Speaking about the new design, Rossi says, “Huichol art immediately intrigued me, because it uses many of my symbols, like the sun and moon or the turtle. 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.”
Valentino Rossi will use this new helmet for the winter testing. The next test venue is Sepang. The 2017 MotoGP wasn’t as successful for Rossi as we’d expected. We hope he gets back in shape for the next season and we get to see some action.