Andrea Iannone 2017 ‘Suzuki’ Motegi helmet

Andrea Iannone 2017 'Suzuki' Motegi helmet

He may have been having a difficult first season with the factory Suzuki team, but Andrea Iannone is starting to show signs of the talent that everyone knows he has as the season goes on.

After a solid performance in the Australian MotoGP, Iannon showed up at Motegi with a special one-off helmet design that was designed to pay tribute to the whole Suzuki team…..and after some of his results ths season, many would argue that was the least he could have done.

Jokes aside, this is a beautiful looking design. His helmet featured the Suzuki ‘S’ logo at the top of the helmet in a white circle surrounded by Japanese text that reads: やるっきゃない (Yarukkyanai). This can roughly be translated as a statement saying: “one has no other choice but to do what one has to do” or “have to do it”.

Two blue bands run around the middle of the helmet, and a dark stripe runs around the chin of the helmet. Iannone’s number ’29’ is stamped on the sides of the chin, and his adreneline molecule logo is placed on the rear.

Iannone said the following about his Suzuki tribute helmet:

My new Motegi special helmet dedicated to my team and all the Suzuki people working for #MotoGp project! #Arigato!

A classy and timeless looking design. I have no doubt that if this ever got released as a replica people whould go nuts for it.

Iannone had a good race at Motegi and ended in 4th place. He said:

“I’m glad we finally managed to get a pretty good result,” said Iannone. “After a year of mistakes and struggles, we finally arrived. Let’s say this is the classic experience we needed to have. Plus, Suzuki is working a lot so I’m convinced that we can make important steps forward. It was certainly a positive weekend because Alex [Rins] was also fast. It’s great to be back in these positions, and most importantly, to be able to spend a good part of the race close to the leaders. Eventually, my rear tyre dropped off, but I managed to defend [my position] and take fourth.”

Check out the photos below of Andrea Iannone’s Motegi MotoGP ‘Suzuki Tribute’ helmet below:
Andrea Iannone Motegi helmet
Andrea Iannone 2017 'Suzuki' Motegi helmet

Andrea Iannone 2017 'Suzuki' Motegi helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli secured the Moto2 World Championship at the Malaysian GP in Sepang, and this is the helmet design he had painted on to his AGV Pista GP R helmet to celebrate.

Morbidelli secured the 2017 Moto2 crown at the Sepang International Circuit when Tom Luthi, the only other rider with a chance of challenging Morbidelli, was ruled unfit to ride by medical staff after he fractured an ankle in the qualifying session.

Despite securing the title before the race had even started, Morbidelli still had plenty of fight left and he took 3rd position in the race behind Binder and Oliveira.

Morbidelli’s Moto2 championship victory makes him the first Italian racer to win the second-tier title since the late Marco Simoncelli in 2008.

Shortly after the victory Morbidelli revaled his new helmet design which featured a design painted by Aldo Drudi. The helmet had a cartoon Brazilian parrot wearing a crown on the top of the helmet. Morbidelli has raced with this cartoon parrot motif in past races and he had it created as a tribute to his Brazilain heritage (his mother is from Brazil and his father is Italian).

The helmet also feature gold text on the side that reads ‘Campeao mundial‘ (World Champion) and has ‘Che Ritmo‘ written on the rear, which roughly means ‘That Rhythm’.

Check out the photos below of Franco Morbidelli’s ‘World Champion’ helmet:

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

Franco Morbidelli Moto2 World Champion Helmet

And here is the official AGV announcement of the design that they posted on instagram:

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Jorge Lorenzo ‘Diablo’ helmet (2017)

Jorge Lorenzo Diablo Helmet

Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP Austria 2017

Jorge Lorenzo brought a brand new helmet design to the 2017 Austrian MotoGP – the one-off special design was called ‘Diablo’, which is Spanish for ‘Devil’.

The design was created by Starline Designs, the famous Italian design studio, and they turned the whole of Lorenzo’s helmet into an aggressive looking devil’s head in black and red paint, complete with two yellow eyes glaring out above the visor.

It is a stunning looking design, and it looked incredible on track. It also seemed to give Lorenzo a bit of extra aggression as he scored his best qualifying position so far on a Ducati, and he decisively led the start of the race, and finished in 4th position at the checkered flag.

As always, Lorenzo announced the new helmet design on his Twitter account:

The helmet also reminds us a bit of Darth Maul from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

I can’t imagine that Shark Helmets won’t be planning to release this as a limited edition in a year or so in their premium Shark Race R helmet range, it is too good a design to pass up on, plus the fans will love it.

So watch this space.

Check out the ‘Making of’ video below on how the Jorge Lorenzo ‘Diablo’ helmet was created:

Photos of the Jorge Lorenzo ‘Diablo’ helmet:

Jorge Lorenzo Diablo Helmet

Jorge Lorenzo Diablo Helmet

Jorge Lorenzo Diablo Helmet

Jorge Lorenzo Diablo Helmet

Jorge Lorenzo Austria MotoGP

Dave Brook 2014 Shoei helmet

Dave Brook 2014 Shoei helmet

Dave Brook is a Bradford born motorcycle racer, and this is a closer look at his helmet design from 2014 that was created by PaintNation.

PaintNation created a custom design over a Shoei XR1100 helmet that was based around a yellow arrow zig-zagging from the chin of the helmet, towards the back, over a white and metallic grey base.

A simple and beautiful looking helmet that really brings this Shoei XR1100 to life.

Dave Brook 2014 Shoei helmet

Dave Brook 2014 Shoei helmet

Dave Brook 2014 Shoei helmet

Dave Brook 2014 Shoei helmet

Dave Brook 2014 Shoei helmet

Dave Brook 2014 Shoei helmet

Dave Brook 2014 Shoei helmet

Andrea Iannone Mugello helmet (2017)

Andrea Iannone Nicky Hayden tribute helmet Mugello 2017

Andrea Iannone Mugello 2017

The Mugello MotoGP always inspires many of the Italian riders to come up with a special one-off helmet design to mark the occasion, and many riders this year are choosing to pay tribute to Nicky Hayden in their designs.

Valentino Rossi used a football design to honour both Francesco Totti (his friend who retired from football) and Nicky Hayden, and Andrea Iannone has used his entire helmet to pay tribute to Hayden.

The design features a blue sky graphic with clouds covering the helmet, with the word ‘Nicky’ written in large letters across the top of the helmet. One side of Iannone’s helmet also features Haydens ’69’ race number, while the other features Iannone’s usual ’29’ race number.

A simple and effective tribute to Nicky Hayden who is greatly missed by the riders and fans alike.

Here is a 360 degree video of Andrea Iannone’s ‘Nicky Hayden Tribute’ helmet:

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Check out more photos of Andrea Iannone’s Mugello helmet for 2017 below:

Andrea Iannone Nicky Hayden tribute helmet Mugello 2017

Andrea Iannone Nicky Hayden tribute helmet Mugello 2017

Andrea Iannone Nicky Hayden tribute helmet Mugello 2017

Andrea Iannone Nicky Hayden tribute helmet Mugello 2017

Andrea Iannone Nicky Hayden tribute helmet Mugello 2017

Andrea Iannone Nicky Hayden tribute helmet Mugello 2017

Andrea Iannone Nicky Hayden tribute helmet Mugello 2017

Andrea Iannone Nicky Hayden tribute helmet Mugello 2017

Valentino Rossi’s Mugello helmet (2017)

Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet (2017)

Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet (2017)

You know the drill by now, every year for the Mugello MotoGP Valentino Rossi produces a new one-off special helmet design to mark the occasion. This year, Valentino Rossi has gone for a football theme with a couple of tribute woven into the design.

This year’s Mugello helmet is a tribute to Rossi’s good friend Francesco Totti who announced his retirement from football. Totti had spent about 26 years at Roma and has just called time on his career. The helmet shows a cartoon of Valentino about to take a penalty on a football pitch, the cartoon Rossi is pictured as saying “Shall I chip it?“. This is a reference to a penalty known as a ‘paneka’ where the player chips it in over the goalkeeper. The rear of the helmet features the Italian flag with the phrase “One captain. There is only one captain” as a tribute to Totti.

The helmet also features a tribute to Nicky Hayden. Hayden sadly lost his life in a cycling incident in Italy and Rossi has merged his famous ’46’ race number with Hayden’s ’69’ race number.

Here is a 360 degree video of Valentino Rossi’s 2017 Mugello helmet:

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Also, check out the picture gallery below to see more shots and close-ups of Valentino Rossi’s new Mugello helmet for 2017:

Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet (2017)

Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet (2017)

Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet (2017)

Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet (2017)

Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet (2017)

Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet (2017)

Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet (2017)

Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet (2017)

Romano Fenati ‘Red’ helmet (Misano 2012)

Romano Fenati Misano Moto3

Romano Fenati Misano Moto3

In 2012 Romano Fenati wore a brightly coloured red helmet for the 2012 Misano Moto3 GP.

The red helmet, which was pretty much devoid of any sponsorhip logos, was a tribute to the graphics that you see on TV when a rider scores a fastest lap time, which is represented by a red helmet icon next to their name.

It seemed to work well for Fenati who bagged his best qualifying result to date and secured 2nd place on the grid behind pole sitter Antonelli.

Fenati said:

“Finally on first row! I want to thank the mechanics and the red helmet, which brought me luck. This one of the few tracks I already know and where I can fight on the same level as the others. I want to race at the front.”

Check out the photos of Fenati’s Misano helmet below:
Romano Fenati Misano Moto3

Romano Fenati Misano Moto3

Romano Fenati Misano Moto3

Romano Fenati 2017 Moto3 helmet

Romano Fenati 2017 helmet

Romano Fenati 2017

Okay, so he may have been kicked out of the VR46 Moto3 team part-way through the 2016 Moto3 season for ‘behavioural’ issues, but there isn’t a race fan that didn’t welcome the news that Romano Fenati would be returning to Moto3 in 2017 for the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers team.

Fenati’s race-day attitude and aggression won over many fans, and Moto3 is a more entertaining class with him in it.

This is Fenati’s new 2017 helmet that has been created by Starline Designers.

This is a really nice lid – it is very understated in the design and colour scheme, but it really works in our opinion.

The design is devastatingly simple and understated. A white and silver base with a lattice pattern criss-crossing across the top. The base of the helmet features a silhouette of a town (Fenati’s home town of Ascoli Piceno maybe?), and the rear features a huge silver ‘V’ – the roman numeral for ‘5’, Fenati’s race number.

You can check out the photos of this great looking Moto3 helmet below.

Romano Fenati 2017 helmet

Romano Fenati 2017 helmet

Romano Fenati 2017 helmet

Romano Fenati 2017 helmet

Romano Fenati 2017 helmet

Romano Fenati 2017 helmet

Romano Fenati 2017 helmet

Romano Fenati 2017 helmet

Romano Fenati 2017 helmet

Andrea Iannone Indy MotoGP 2013 helmet

Andrea Iannone Indy MotoGP 2013 helmet

Andrea Iannone Indy AGV helmet

Andrea Iannone is no stranger to dropping a new special helmet design to pay tribute to a race or a significant event (our favorite was probably the tribute to the Seagull he killed in Australia).

Iannone will usually have a special design for the Mugello Italian MotoGP and he has also adpoted one-off graphics to celebrate the US rounds in MotoGP.

In 2013 when he was racing for the Pramac Ducati team, Iannone and AGV ran a competition for fans to come up with a design for the Indianapolis MotoGP. The winner would see their design get created on Iannone’s Pista GP helmet and used in the race.

The winning design was a beautiful looking ‘Stars and Stripes’ design, which featured the stars at the front of the helmet, with the red and white stripes running across the rear. The top of the lid had a huge silver star, and the chin and sides featured Iannone’s race number.

Video showing the making of Andrea Iannone’s 2013 Indianapolis race helmet:

Andrea Iannone Indy MotoGP 2013 helmet

Andrea Iannone Indy MotoGP 2013 helmet

Andrea Iannone Indy MotoGP 2013 helmet

Andrea Iannone Indy MotoGP 2013 helmet

This particular helmet is not available as a replica, but you can check out all the other Andrea Iannone race replicas that are available HERE.

Marc Marquez 2015 Catalunya Special Helmet

Marc Marquez 2015 Catalunya Special Helmet

Marc Marquez 2015 Catalunya

In 2015 Marc Marquez announced a competition – people could go to a web page and create a special helmet design that Marquez would wear during the Catalunya MotoGP.

The competition was open to Spanish fans only, and Marquez himself picked the winner.

It is not the first time a MotoGP rider has allowed fans to design their helmet, Jorge Lorenzo has famously done it a number of times allowing Anna Vives to create special one-off designs for him to wear for Spanish GPs.

The eventual winning design was an incredible multi-coloured mosaic pattern that made the famous Marquez ant logo look like it was made from stained glass. A really beautiful looking helmet.

Despite the stunning new lid, Marquez had a bad race and crashed out while Jorge Lorenzo stormed to victory.

Video showing some of the creation steps taken to create Marc Marquez’s 2015 Catalunya special helmet:

More photographs of the Marc Marquez Catalunya MotoGP helmet from 2015.

Marc Marquez 2015 Catalunya Special Helmet

Marc Marquez 2015 Catalunya Special Helmet

Marc Marquez 2015 Catalunya Special Helmet

Marc Marquez 2015 Catalunya Special Helmet

Marc Marquez 2015 Catalunya Special Helmet

Marc Marquez 2015 Catalunya Special Helmet

You won’t find this helmet available as a replica, but you will find a loads of other stunning Marquez replica helmets available for sale – browse all Marc Marquez helmets.