We could guess this one was coming – AGV have made Valentino Rossi’s 2016 Mugello helmet available in their Corsa R helmet range. It is being released in limited numbers so don’t expect stock to hang around for that long.
This was the bright and eye-catching helmet that Valentino wore for his home MotoGP for the 2016 season, and whilst the race itself was a forgettable affair for Rossi (he retired with engine failure) his helmet design proved to be unforgettable with the fans who went crazy over this tribute to Mugello.
The helmet was bright yellow and had large black lettering that read ‘Mugiallo’ running around the sides and front of the helmet. The word ‘Mugiallo’ is actually a play on words – ‘giallo‘ is the Italian word for ‘yellow‘ and the term ‘Mugiallo’ is basically stating that ‘Mugello is yellow‘ and it is intended as a tribute to the Rossi fans known as “Popolo Giallo” (the Yellow crowd) who swarm to the circuit for the MotoGP race.
The Mugello track layout is depicted on the top of the helmet. A large ’46’ is featured on the rear with the usual cartoon featuring Rossi’s two bulldogs and cat, while the Italian flag is featured on either cheek of the lid.
Description: AGV Corsa
The New Corsa-R offers most of the same features as the top-of-the-line Pista GP R but in a carbon-fibreglass shell and adjustable vents, the Corsa R is designed for uncompromising performance on the track but also has enough practical features to make it suited for the street as much as the track. A new interior construction provides a stable, pressure-free fit, and the patented, reversible crown pad features two distinct fabrics, allowing riders to select between warm and cool sides depending on conditions or personal preference. A removable nose guard and wind deflector are both included, and the Integrated Ventilation System (IVS) places intake ports at areas of maximum airflow.
The AGV Corsa R Helmet takes many features from AGV’s premium race helmet, the Pista GP R, and combine the raw performance with road-riding features such as adjustable ventilation and improved comfort, without sacrificing the performance standards of the GP model. It is basically AGV’s premium road model, but one you can also take for a tear-up on the racetrack.
- Shell: SSL (Super Super Light) in composite fiber, aramid & Carbon Fiber
- Number of Shells: 4 shell sizes
- Ventilation System: IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) with wide ducts hollowed into the shell
- Interior: Breathable Lycra micro-porous lining and Dry-comfort fabric with sanitizing treatment
- Interior: Fully removable and washable inner liners of CoolMax fabric
- Face Shield: RACE 2 flat, non-scratch shield with wide field of vision and suitable for tear-offs
- Shield Mechanism: XQRS (Extra Quick Release System) in metal with roto-translation opening
- Quick Release Shield: For tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds
- Retention System: Double D
- Safety Certification: DOT and SHARP 5 Star
Here is the Revzilla.com overview of the new AGV Corsa R helmet:
Image gallery of the Valentino Rossi Corsa R ‘Mugiallo’ helmet:
Check out this 360 degree video of the Valentino Rossi ‘Mugiallo’ helmet design:
The Corsa R is AGV’s latest revision to their popular Corsa helmet range. Be warned, this is an expensive helmet that is designed to appeal to the serious rider, and it is safe to say that you won’t be getting the full benefit of the Corsa R’s features and specifications if you are only using this to go to the local shops and back. The distinction that we tend to use is – think of the Pista GP R as AGV’s race helmet (stripped down and optimised for one purpose only: racing) and think of the Corsa R as a track helmet, that can also be used on the roads.
The Corsa R is created from composite construction shell made from carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass so it is heavier than the Pista GP R, but it still feels light and secure. The shape is ergonomically designed to be rounder at the back which then tapers inwards towards the front of the face giving it a sharp and aggressive shape that cuts through the air. Teh spoiler adds extra downforce and even at high speed the stability is noticable.
The Corsa R comes with practical features that you don’t get on the Pista GP R which are designed to make the helmet more functional for the average rider, such as the reversible crown padding which can be flipped around according to the weather, with one side optimised for cold days and other side created for hotter weather. The Corsa R also has operational air vents that can be opened and closed via a slider, where the Pista GP R just has open vents that need to be plugged with a special rubber bung in order to close them.
AGV have claimed that they feel like this is their ‘ultimate track helmet’, and it is hard to pick fault in the claim, especially when many of the accessories and parts for the Pista GP R (AGV’s ‘MotoGP helmet’) can also be used on the AGV Corsa R, which goes to show how close the two models actually are. For example, riders can take a spoiler from a Pista GP R helmet and fix it on to the Corsa R with no issue.
The Corsa R has many of the features that you get on the Pista GP R but comes with a Carbon-Aramidic-Fiberglass shell and enough flexibile and versatile features like adjustable vents to make it suitable for almost any use.
You can expect to pick up a Limited Edition Valentino Rossi AGV Corsa R for around $999 / £699. You will also find that the MotoGP and race replica designs (such as the Valentino Rossi or Andrea Iannone ones carry a higher price point in some places. This Valentino Rossi Mugiallo Corsa R is being released in limited numbers so expect this one to fly off the shelves as this design is a firm fan-favorite.
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