MotoGP star Valentino Rossi has unveiled a special winter testing helmet design, during the start of Yamaha's private test at Sepang.

The AGV Pista GP R features a livery inspired by the symbols and colours of popular Mexican tradition.

The famous skulls decorated with geometric shapes and the artistry of coloured beads piqued The Doctor’s curiosity during a recent holiday in Mexico, providing the inspiration for his off-season helmet.

“Huichol art immediately intrigued me, because it uses many of my symbols, like the sun and moon or the turtle” explained Rossi. “We have tried to recreate the effect of the beads that the Mexicans use to bring color and shape to these objects, but to do so with a Valentino Rossi twist.

"The helmet looks really good, Aldo Drudi did a great job, as did Davide [Degli Innocenti, graphics and coloring manager at Drudi Performance] in particular; he created the beads with a brush, one by one.

"We might say that the helmet has become a work of art, something we’ve never seen before."

This week's Sepang test marks the final time that Rossi will ride his M1 this year.



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