AGV Rossi-Replica Corsa Turtle Helmet
The new AGV Rossi-replica helmet is now available in North America through Dainese USA and Parts Unlimited.
The Corsa Turtle helmet has graphics used by Valentino Rossi at last year’s Mugello round. It features graphics of a turtle, a character that fans of the “Doctor” will recognize. The story goes that when Vale was a youngster his mother gave him a toy turtle that he mounted on his helmet. The plaything is long gone, but a small turtle icon has regularly appeared on his helmets ever since; he even has the character tattooed on his hip. For Mugello 2013 the turtle had a much more prominent placement on the lid, as Rossi poked fun at his early-season performance that hadn’t met his expectations.
The design also includes Rossi’s pet bulldogs, Cesare and Cecilia, both wearing turtle shells, along with a miniature figure of Rossi pursuing his top competitors.
Made in Italy, the helmet was designed, developed and tested with the help of Rossi. It features an outer shell made of SSL (Super Super Light) composite fiber (aramid and carbon fiber) as well as a 15-degree wider field of vision than the GP-Tech it replaces. Aerodynamic performance is enhanced by the rear spoiler and smaller front and lateral sections, and fit is customizable via replacement of the AGV Dry-Comfort cheekpads.
Here is a video of Rossi talking about the specifics of the helmet graphics.