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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Here is a quick look back at Alvaro Bautista’s special helmet design for the 2013 Valencia MotoGP.
Bautista doesn’t hasn’t really had too much screen time in recent years in MotoGP due to the fact that he hasn’t been a top 6 regular for some time, so you may not have seen many images of this helmet, but we love it. Recent performances hint that might be changing a bit in 2017…..we hope so at least.
Anyway, let’s step back to 2013 when Alvaro Bautista pulled some special graphics out of the bag at Valencia to celebrate and pay tribute to his family, including a stork dropping in a new addition.
The Mugello round of any MotoGP season usually sees all the Italian riders rushing back to their designer’s studio in order to create a special helmet design to mark the occasion. Valentino Rossi usually steals the headlines with his creations, but Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone usually bring something eyecatching to the track as well.
In 2016 Andrea Dovizioso wore probably one of the best helmet designs he has had in years to the Mugello round of the MotoGP. The helmet was created by Starline Designers, a famous Italian design studio that are probably one of the most active and prolific designers in recent years for creating race helmet designs. You can check out all the images below.
The helmet was dubbed ‘The Italian Stallion‘, and it featured Dovi’s long running ‘stallion’ motif – this is a motif that Dovi has raced with for years and his helmets usually feature a white horse and a dark horse, each horse is supposed to represent the traits that Dovi tries to bring to every race – the dark horse signifying aggression and grit, the white horse representing integrity and honesty.
The two horses in his 2016 Mugello helmet were combined into a single stunning image on the back of the helmet.
The helmet featured deep blue strips at the front of the helmet which changed to red stripes towards the rear of the helmet. A beautiful looking design, classy and striking.
A look at the 2016 Jack Miller MotoGP helmet that he wore for the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
Miller’s previous special helmets for the Australian MotoGP have usually been based around the colours and symbols from the Australian flag, and while some of that influence is still here, this particular design adopts a new colour scheme that throws in some neon pink colours with some sharp patterns and lines.
The Red Bull logo is positioned on the sides and the word ‘Jackass’ is printed at the base on the rear of the AGV helmet.
The design was created by Starline Desingers, the Italian design studio.
Check out the photos of Jack Miller’s 2016 MotoGP helmet for Phillip Island below:
As expected the design sticks with Lorenzo’s ‘Around The Outside‘ logo (the red X circled by a white arrow) which is positioned directly on the top of the helmet. The sides of the helmet feature the Moster Energy green claws logo.
The sides of the helmet feature the Moster Energy green claws logo
A new graphical flourish can be seen on the chin and the rear of the helmet which features a geometric spiral descending downwards with Lorenzo’s ‘Around The Outside‘ logo in the middle. This new graphic is shown in red on the chin and in black on the rear.
The spoiler on Lorenzo’s new Shark helmet is also more pronounced than previous versions, it literally looks like a Shark’s fin. I am sure this helmet will be made available as a replica soon.
Check out the photos below of Jorge Lorenzo’s 2017 MotoGP helmet:
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Check out the image gallery of this Yonny Hernandez helmet:
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Starline Designers were obviously very busy towards the end of the 2016 MotoGP season and have knocked out special helmet designs for the 2016 MotoGP Valencia test sessions for a number of riders including Alex Rins, Alvaro Bautista, and also Aleix Espargaro.
Aleix Espargaro’s helmet opts for subtle silver and black camouflage base, with a solid bright yellow on the top and sides. The rear features the hashtag ‘Believe In Yourself‘ – presumably a mantra for Aleix as he embarks on a new challenge with the Factory Aprilia Gresini team.