Valentino Rossi and Aldo Drudi have made a behavior of debuting test-edition designs for the Pista GP R helmet that the Physician dons through the MotoGP preseason. And 2019 isn’t any totally different, with Rossi taking time forward of the opening winter 2019 take a look at to point out off his newest lid.
The Winter Take a look at 2019 Pista GP R is daring and vibrant, precisely what we’ve come to anticipate from Rossi and his favourite helmet artist. This version is sort of a piece of road artwork, with broad brushstrokes careening down the crown and across the sides. Earlier years have seen quite a lot of totally different approaches, however this one, had been it laid flat on a canvas moderately than a carbon-fiber shell, might have a spot in a contemporary gallery.
The trademark solar and moon parts stay in play, abstracted alongside the highest and facet of the helmet. A thinly lined “46” ensures there’s no query who owns this lid.
Right here’s what Rossi needed to say concerning the latest Pista GP R creation in an AGV press launch:
“As for each season’s checks, I made a particular helmet for this 12 months as properly. It’s all the time an ideal expertise to work on a particular version. We attempt to discover new concepts each time, but it surely’s not all the time simple. For this 12 months’s helmet, we had a tough time making up our minds, however in some unspecified time in the future I checked out Aldo and I requested him to do one thing for me—to do what we used to do, choose up a paintbrush and draw the helmet freehand, like in years previous. And that’s what we did! At first, Aldo was hesitant, however then he began to have a blast. When all was mentioned and accomplished, it got here out nice. As a result of they’re drawn by hand, every helmet is exclusive.”
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As with most different Rossi editions, the Winter Take a look at 2019 will doubtless be on the market quickly. Nonetheless, a Pista GP R ain’t low-cost to start with, and as soon as it has Rossi and Drudi’s stamp on it, you’re trying to be within the $1,500 vary to get one for your self.