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MotoGP: Rossi’s Turtle Tartaruga Mugello 2013 helmet due in December

Back at the Mugello MotoGP race, before Valentino Rossi crashed out he was frantically waving around his most recent special helmet design for his home GP in Mugello, one of his best of recent years.

As expected after proving to be a popular design – despite the unpopular result for his fans – AGV have made a customer limited Corsa edition of the helmet which is due for release in early December, priced at £649.99 in the UK.

Rossi Mugello 2013

Rossi shows us his turtle themed helmet – available soon! Image for editorial use only under fair use act

From his toy ninja turtle as a child (which he fixed to his helmet in his mini moto days) to the one in the same style seen tattooed on his hip or the decal on his helmet visor the Italian has developed a long association and love for the turtle,  so it seemed likely that one day it may feature as the main design for one of Rossi’s helmets.

The design he chose for the Italian Grand Prix turtle helmet featured a cartoon turtle with two huge manga styled eyes. It was as always designed by long time collaborator Aldo Drudi.

The limited edition Tartaruga Mugello 2013 also features all the usual graphics on Valentino’s race helmet (except for sponsor logos and visor components and accessories) and has Rossi’s number 46 on the back as well as his two trusty bulldogs Cesare and Cecilia who  also wear turtle shells to keep in with the theme.

Here’s the technical bit:

The Corsa combines the performance of the Pista GP with road-going characteristics such as adjustable ventilation and improved comfort without having to forgo the performance standards of the GP version.

Fitted with a Double D retention system, the outer shell is made SSL layers (aramid and glass fibres) and is available in 4 sizes.

The design is intended to cut to the minimum any interference with the racing suit and protective hump and to optimise safety even at high speed.

The spoiler has been designed to detach from the helmet in the event of an accident to increase the passive safety of the helmet

The visor can easily be removed as can the washable inner components.

For further information and more images of the helmet ahead of it’s release visit the AGV website here, which also includes a link at the top of the page to contact your nearest dealer for those interested in purchasing.

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Image of the GP 2 : Rossi strikes back!

Rossi fans got what they had been waiting for in Assen on Saturday, Valentino Rossi back on winning form for his 80th premier class victory .It is also his 106 career win and eighth at Assen.

The Yamaha rider looked extremely happy to be back on the podium for his first win since Malaysia 2010 in a race he described as “one of the best races of my career”.

Nothing says ‘Rossi win’ like a silly face and a whole heap of yellow, so here it is:

Rossi assen win 2013

Rossi back on winning form, now all we need is a crazy celebration!
Image via Yamaha Motor Italia, editorial use only

Rossi continued :“Today was something special, this is one of the best victories in my career because it is one of the most wanted and expected for such a lot of time,” reflecting on his two tough years at Ducati, adding “I’m so happy because I won a real race where all my opponents were very strong and very fast, apart from Jorge with his injury. “

MotoGP: Jerez test round-up – Crutchlow leaves Jerez quickest

After the good conditions the Moto2 and Moto3 teams had at Jerez the MotoGP boys must have had high hopes for a productive test when they arrived at the circuit, instead they had an incredibly wet test, with few laps being done and a lot of time to fill while waiting for the track to dry out to get some valuable work done and some actual testing, some teams had parts to try while Yamaha had a whole chassis to put through it’s paces!

On Top – Crutchlow at the Jerez test
Image: Tech3 Yamaha Facebook, editorial use only

Surprisingly after the Honda dominance of the previous tests, especially Marquez and Pedrosa’s performance at the private Austin test it was British satellite team rider Cal Crutchlow who finished with the fastest overall time of 1m 39.511 set on the final day aboard his Tech3 Yamaha.

Crutchlow was seemingly able to concentrate on pace when the weather allowed after stating on Twitter  “I don’t have any new parts to test at all !” after the official MotoGP website suggested he did.

Despite clocking less than 70 dry laps over the course of the test the Englishman was quick to point out that everyone else was in the same boat and that he was pleased with his consistant “decent lap times”. He also remains concerned about the pace of the Honda bikes, telling MotoGP.com:

“I think it is very difficult to beat the Hondas of Dani and Marc (Márquez) at the moment. I think their package is stronger. We know Dani is obviously very confident because he went home today – so he is happy with the bike! We are still working very hard with the Yamaha, but it’s going to be a big battle in Qatar.”

Dani Pedrosa finished overall fourth while electing not to ride on the final day at Jerez, reasoning a return of the neck pain he has been suffering and having no new parts to test were enough to skip day three. Pramac Ducati rider Ben Spies and Gresini Honda’s Alvaro Bautista also did not ride. Pedrosa’s Honda team-mate rookie rider Marc Marquez finished the test sixth fastest and was fifth on the final day.

Fans around the globe breathed a sigh of relief when on day two Valentino Rossi went quickest, his lap of 1m39.525 remaining the second fastest time after being narrowly beaten by Crutchlow, he was also the second fastest rider on day two.

Rossi had been testing the new chassis on day three and though he felt the test was a success he was not as confident with the new chassis and both he and Jorge Lorenzo will use the old one for the opening races:

“I’m so happy because at the end of today’s session we had some quite good conditions to make some laps in the dry and especially because for us it was very important to try the new chassis. The feeling is generally ok; I was able to be competitive in difficult conditions and I also made good lap times with the used tyre. The new chassis has some good and bad points but I think I will start the season with the one I used yesterday and test this one again during the season. I am happy about the test; I was competitive all three days so I am looking forward to going to Qatar.”

Lorenzo and Rossi in action at the final pre-season test at Jerez
Photo: Yamaha Factory Team Facebook, editorial use only.

Reigning world champion Lorenzo completed the top three fastest times at the Jerez test with his day two time of 1m 39.540 just tenths behind his team-mate Rossi, making an all-Yamaha top three. He was fourth on the final day and was pleased overall after the difficult times the team had faced at the Austin test:

“It’s been a positive test for us to gain some motivation after Austin; that was a difficult three days. It shows that every track is a different world so let’s see what happens in Qatar. There can be a lot of sand on the track there so we’ll see how it is. Like every year you feel a little nervous at the beginning, it’s so important to start in a good way and get some points!”

Displacing the Spaniard from the final day’s top three was Stefan Bradl, who felt he had finally fixed the issues he had been experiencing with the front end of the LCR Honda, which had lead to a series of crashes for the German.

“We have found the right direction to get my front feeling back. Basically we were playing with setup, finding some more grip and confidence in the front which is very important for me because I had a crash yesterday. Finally we found something good and the lap time is not so bad.”

Bradl finished the test fifth overall, with only the top five riders dipping under the 1m 40 benchmark and Marquez narrowly outside he looks in a strong position, despite being the sole rider at his team, to take his first podium MotoGp finish this season.

Below are the final placing for the final test before the season begins in Qatar in April:

 1. Cal Crutchlow  Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.511s (day 3)
 2. Valentino Rossi  Yamaha Factory (YZR-M1) 1m 39.525s (day 2)
 3. Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha Factory (YZR-M1) 1m 39.540s (day 2)
 4. Dani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.630s (day 2)
 5. Stefan Bradl  LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.975s (day 3)
 6. Marc Marquez  Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 40.130s (day 3)
 7. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 40.322s (day 2)
 8. Andrea Iannone  Pramac Racing (GP13) 1m 40.331s (day 3)
 9. Nicky Hayden  Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 40.370s (day 3)
10. Alvaro Bautista  Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 40.686s (day 2)
11. Michele Pirro  Ducati Test Rider (GP13) 1m 40.881s (day 3)
12. Randy De Puniet  Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 40.971s (day 3)
13. Bradley Smith  Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.134s (day 3)
14. Aleix Espargaro  Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 41.218s (day 3)
15. Hector Barbera  Avintia (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 41.376s (day 2)
16. Claudio Corti  Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 41.443s (day 3)
17. Danilo Petrucci  IodaRacing (Suter-BMW CRT)* 1m 41.529s (day 2)
18. Ben Spies  Pramac Racing (GP13) 1m 41.702s (day 2)
19. Hiroshi Aoyama  Avintia (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 41.772s (day 3)
20. Lukas Pesek  IodaRacing (Suter-BMW CRT)* 1m 41.791s (day 3)
21. Karel Abraham  Cardion AB (ART CRT) 1m 41.864s (day 3)
22. Yonny Hernandez  Paul Bird Motorsport (ART CRT) 1m 42.050s (day 2)
23. Bryan Staring  Honda Gresini (FTR-Honda CRT) 1m 42.107s (day 2)
24. Colin Edwards  Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 42.154s (day 2)
25. Michael Laverty  Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM CRT)* 1m 42.470s (day 3)
* Control ECU.

 

MotoGP: AGV announce new ‘Corsa Winter’ Rossi helmet for sale! – UPDATED

AGV announce limited edition run of Valentino Rossi’s helmet from his November Yamaha test – priced £599 and available from April.

UPDATE: The AGV extreme standard helmet specifications are now available and added to the bottom of the post.

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Available soon! New Rossi test helmet from AGV
image via agv-moto.com

As their own (no doubt profitable) celebration of Rossi’s return to Yamaha AGV are releasing a limited edition helmet for retail based on his test helmet from when he had access to the 2012 championship winning bike from the November test in Valencia.

Here’s a reminder of how the test went:

https://survivalofthefastest.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/valentino-rossi-back-on-a-yamaha-in-the-wet/

In the grey/black testing colours and the bright, flourescent yellow associated with ‘The Doctor ‘ the Pista GP helmet features his ever-present sun and moon graphic and also has a symbol on the back for the Japanese word “kando”, usually used to show intense emotion and excitement.

The word was first used by Masao Furusawa when Valentino arrived at Yamaha in 2004 and the version seen on the helmet was designed by Masao’s wife.

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‘Kando’
Image via agv-moto.com

The photos show the actual helmet worn by Rossi during the tests at Valencia in 2012. The sponsor logos, components and visor accessories are not included on the limited edition model.

You can reserve one now by ordering from your nearest Team AGV dealer. The link to do and more images of the helmet can be found on AGV’s webpage here: http://www.agv-moto.com/agv-corsa-winter-test-limited-edition

Valentino Rossi Test Yamaha Valencia

That new helmet in action at Valencia
Image: MotoGP.com

Helmet Specifications:

•Shell: SSL (Super Super Light) in composite fiber, Kevlar & Carbon Fiber
•N° of shells: 4 shell sizes
•Ventilation system: IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) with wide ducts hollowed into the shell
•Fabric: Breathable Lycra® micro-porous lining and Dry-comfort fabric with sanitizing treatment
•Liners: Fully removable and washable inner liners
•Visor: RACE 2 flat, non-scratch visor with wide field of vision, PINLOCK ready and suitable for tear-off strips. PINLOCK comes as standard.
•Visor mechanism: XQRS (Extra Quick Release System) in metal with roto-translation opening. Quick release system for tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds
•Retention system: Double D
•Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

Moto3: Rossi’s half-brother set for Misano wild-card?

Valentino Rossi’s half-brother Luca Marini could be set for his World Championship debut, with rumours of a wild-card at Misano circulating in the Italian and Spanish press.

The 15-year-old is currently signed to Team Twelve Racing in the Italian CIV Championship.

According to both Italian sport paper Tuttosport and Spanish website Marca.com the teenager will be using Team Italia’s 2012 FTR Honda which Romano Fenati rode in Moto3 last season and took to four podiums, including a victory at Jerez.

Though currently not old enough to compete in the class, Marini turns 16 on August 10th ahead of the rumoured ride at the Misano Grand Prix on September 15th.

Both news sources also report that following a recent rain and wind spoiled test in Valencia, where the youngster said he used the weather interference to “study physics in my free time”, Team Twelve are also considering racing their signing in the Spanish CEV and European Championships.

The 2011 Italian 80cc MiniGP Champion is currently training on Saturdays at Rossi’s ‘MotoRanch’ in their home town of Tavullia using a Honda CRF 250.

Also available, in detail and with social media links and discussion at crash.net: http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/188610/1/moto3_rossis_half-brother_set_for_wild-card_debut.html

MotoGP: Rossi’s test Yamaha reveals itself – on Twitter!

In an age where technology is king and social media is often the quickest (if not always most reliable) source of breaking news, the test Yamaha M1 Valentino Rossi will be using revealed itself in a picture posted to it’s own Twitter account @YamahaYellow46 (seems the new M1 is so technologically advanced it can type and upload!).

Already gaining over 5,000 followers since the account opened on November 13th, the bike claims to be “Waiting for my love @ValeYellow46” while showing off the new Monster logo for 2013:

Rossi Yamaha M1 2013

Waiting for Rossi…The Yamaha M1 is looking forwad to testing apparently!
Image by Yamaha M1 via Twitter

The wait for the M1 will be over when MotoGP’s three days of official testing start on Tuesday at Sepang, with the CRT bikes getting some extra testing before that to help with the massive task of setting up their new spec ECU for the coming season.

MotoGP: AGV announce new ‘Corsa Winter’ Rossi helmet for sale!

AGV announce limited edition run of Valentino Rossi’s helmet from his November Yamaha test – priced £599 and available from April.

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Available soon! New Rossi test helmet from AGV
image via agv-moto.com

As their own (no doubt profitable) celebration of Rossi’s return to Yamaha AGV are releasing a limited edition helmet for retail based on his test helmet from when he had access to the 2012 championship winning bike from the November test in Valencia.

Here’s a reminder of how the test went:

https://survivalofthefastest.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/valentino-rossi-back-on-a-yamaha-in-the-wet/

In the grey/black testing colours and the bright, flourescent yellow associated with ‘The Doctor ‘ the Pista GP helmet features his ever-present sun and moon graphic and also has a symbol on the back for the Japanese word “kando”, usually used to show intense emotion and excitement.

The word was first used by Masao Furusawa when Valentino arrived at Yamaha in 2004 and the version seen on the helmet was designed by Masao’s wife.

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‘Kando’
Image via agv-moto.com

The photos show the actual helmet worn by Rossi during the tests at Valencia in 2012. The sponsor logos, components and visor accessories are not included on the limited edition model.

You can reserve one now by ordering from your nearest Team AGV dealer. The link to do and more images of the helmet can be found on AGV’s webpage here: http://www.agv-moto.com/agv-corsa-winter-test-limited-edition

Valentino Rossi Test Yamaha Valencia

That new helmet in action at Valencia
Image: MotoGP.com

 

MotoGP: Ducati 2013 livery revealed- plus Pramac!

Ducati have used the annual Ducati/Ferrari press event Wrooom for a snow covered unveiling of the paint job they will be running for the forthcoming 2013 MotoGP season on the bikes of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso.

Also present was the Pramac team (Ben Spies, Andrea Iannone), who will be running with factory support and  who’s paint scheme is an inverted version of the factory team, with slightly different sponsors too.

Dovi has chosen to run with 04 instead of just 4, no-one seems sure why, it looks a little confusing from a distance as it could be mistaken for 84 at speed.

Ducati factory team and Pramac launch 2013 at Vrooom
Image by @Ducatiweb via Twitter

The paintwork appears to be a little closer to the red the fans love instead of the orangier hue used while Valentino Rossi was in the team, and using inverted colours for Pramac makes the team feel nice and uniform, a nice touch to cement their new factory backing.

MotoGP: Rossi Reunited with Yamaha in pictures!

Rossi recreates his iconic Welkom pose to kick off the press for a new era at Yamaha.

The Yamaha 2013 season press machine hit a new peak today with Yamaha releasing a series of images and video available at http://www.yamahamotogp.com  to tease the upcoming rivalry between team mates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

The promo shots feature both riders though the new livery is not on show yet, and the star of the set is undoubtedly Rossi recreating his Welkom celebration in front of the Yamaha :

Official: Valentino Rossi reunited with Yamaha (Welkom)

Rossi and Yamaha Reunited: Welkom style

There is a whole gallery to enjoy at the Yamaha website, they also added a video, link here:

http://youtu.be/QUbZnpmNcVA

 

MotoGP: Bridgestone retain Rossi as tyre development advisor

Bridgestone tyre

Bridgestone retain Rossi as tyre development advisor
Image by Gilles Munten (Flickr) used under creative commons license

A Press release courtesy of Bridgestone has announced that Valentino Rossi will continue as their tyre development rider once again.

As under the previous agreement, Rossi and Bridgestone will work together to promote  motorcycling to bikers and enthusiasts throughout Europe, directly supporting the Bridgestone ‘track to street’ concept. Rossi will act alone as a professional rider; his MotoGP™ team and sponsors are not involved in the deal.

“I’ve been working with Bridgestone in MotoGP for many years and have always been impressed by their professionalism and the quality of their products. Continuing this agreement gives me an exciting opportunity to contribute to new Bridgestone motorcycle road tyres”, commented the Italian.

As part of his role, Rossi will provide his evaluation and opinions on the performance of Bridgestone motorcycle tyres, particularly in the hyper-sport, racing and sport touring sectors. Bridgestone in turn will use his input in tyre development to deliver road tyres with better performance and improved safety margins.

Franco Annunziato, CEO and President Bridgestone Europe, added: “Valentino Rossi is a great ambassador for our company. With the extension of our agreement, we have secured advice and recommendations from one of the greatest motorcycle competitors of all times, thereby ensuring that we bring the best new Battlax tyres to market.”

Bridgestone entered MotoGP™ in 2002 and in 2009 became the first Official Tyre Supplier to the World Championship. This was in part down to Rossi’s insistence on a mid-season change the previous year from Michelin tyres he thought were below standard by comparison and losing him races. Bridgestone welcomed their 100th win last season at the San Marino Grand prix.

Rossi to continue as Bridgestone Tyre Development Adviser

Rossi to continue as Bridgestone Tyre Development Adviser