No other rider has brought more to the sport of Motorcycle racing and enjoyed more success then Valentino Rossi. Over 26 years, Valentino has won 9 World Championships across all categories of racing and with three different manufacturers.
235 Podiums, 65 Pole Positions, 96 Fastest Laps, 432 Race Starts & 6357 Career Points over 26 years, a feat that no other rider will probably ever match.
The 2021 MotoGP season marked the 26th year of Valentino Rossi’s Grand Prix career and his final one. Aside from a few Mugello/Misano special edition helmets and some goofy winter liveries, the Sole Luna (sun and moon) motif has decorated the Doctor’s lid throughout his career.
From the brash designs of the ‘90s to the refined iterations of today, Vale frequently updates the graphic to match the times. On March 25, 2021, Rossi unveiled his latest lid and the livery captures a novel message with familiar symbols. Luckily, legendary motorcycle apparel designer and frequent Rossi helmet collaborator Aldo Drudi helped everyone decipher the coded message in the 2021 Sole Luna helmet.
“Initially Vale wanted to stay with his helmet, the one of the last two seasons, blue and yellow,” Drudi told Men On Wheels, “because actually we had arrived a little to the essence, to the maximum simplification to represent a crazy story and career”
Drudi is referring to the design the Doctor donned between the 2018 and 2020 MotoGP seasons. The helmet’s simplistic graphic merged Yamaha team colors and Rossi’s iconic Vale Yellow. However, the decorated racer moved over to the Petronas Yamaha SRT satellite team in 2021.
His newest helmet design commemorates the time he spent with Yamaha and his new team with a sunrise and sunset theme. The gradient on each side of the helmet represents the transition from dusk to dawn (and back again). Though many consider Vale in the twilight of his career, he sees the transition as a revitalizing new chapter.
“Vale is very keen to symbols as well as symbology and if you rotate the helmet you will have night, sunrise, sunset, night, sunrise, sunset: the cycle that closes and is renewed at the same time,” remarked Drudi. “And this is what Vale, and me too, really liked to mark this 2021”.
He joins his protégé Franco Morbidelli in the Petronas paddock and recently set his best ever lap time at the Losail circuit in Qatar. No, he isn’t the dominant force he once was, but that doesn’t mean the Doctor isn’t the biggest star in MotoGP. The AGV Soleluna 2021 captures that.
“The sun and the moon, when you look at them, you never see them in a perfectly defined way, with sharp lines, because they are sources of light, and therefore we have blurred the helmet,” concluded Drudi.
This very special release top of the line AGV Pista RR helmet is the latest evolution of the MotoGP helmet. It is the most protective helmet ever developed. Its new wind tunnel tested “Biplano” spoiler has multiple wings to maximize aerodynamic performance and add stability at high speed. The 100% carbon fiber shell is designed to minimize interference with the racing suit, while the interior has an adaptable fit and places no stitching in sensitive areas. Along with the hydration system, the Pista helmets takes AGV’s safety and performance to the next level.
It’s been an incredible honor and privilege that Valentino Rossi has trusted Autographed Collectables since 2000 to produce his range of Official Licensed Memorabilia for his fans worldwide, a feat no one else in the world can claim.
Valentino Rossi signed this edition of only 46 worldwide exclusively for Autographed Collectables on the 22nd of November 2022 in Tavullia, Italy. Each helmet will include the Official VR46 hologram and is backed by our 100% Guarantee of Authenticity which confirms the edition size, signing date, location, and photo from the signing session.
Each helmet will also include his sponsors logos as well as a bonus dark visor which will also include his famous Turtle. Each helmet is also presented in our deluxe acrylic case with exclusive photos base. PLEASE NOTE THE SAMPLE OF THE VALENCIA HELMET IS ONLY TO SHOW AN EXAMPLE OF HOW OUR OUR HELMETS ARE PRESENTED, AN ACRYLIC TOP WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED. UPDATED ARTWORK WILL BE SHOWN SOON!
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The acrylic case has been produced to the highest of standards locally in California and includes the exclusive photo base.
Cased Size: 43.75 x 41.25 x 30cm High / 17.5 x 16.5 x 12″ High