Get in­side Rossi’s head

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Mo­togp lev­els of pro­tec­tion will come closer to the nor­mal rider’s head next year with AGV’S in­tro­duc­tion of the new 2017 Pista GP R.

It’s a mas­sive re­vamp of the lid Valentino Rossi has been wear­ing since 2013, to im­prove aero­dy­namic per­for­mance at high speed and boost rider com­fort, as well as cut­ting weight with a new lin­ing.

The outer shell re­mains the same as AGV felt there was lit­tle im­prove­ment to make on some­thing that is al­ready built from pre-preg car­bon-fi­bre. This en­sures it’s the light­est it can be while re­tain­ing con­sis­tent build qual­ity to en­sure rider safety.

The most eye-catch­ing devel­op­ment is the new drinks tube that’s in­cor­po­rated into the hel­met, with a bite piece fit­ted to the in­ner sur­face of the chin­bar. The tube and con­nec­tor that lead to a reser­voir in the rider’s suit re­main fit­ted to the hel­met, al­though the bite piece can be re­moved.

The other head­line devel­op­ment is the new twin rear spoiler, which is there to de­liver the claimed im­prove­ment in high­speed aero­dy­nam­ics.

The vents re­main sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous Pista GP, but the metal trims this time have ‘scoops’ per­ma­nently bonded to them – the idea be­hind this is to force a greater vol­ume of air into the open vents.

As on the out­go­ing Pista, the vents don’t have slid­ing cov­ers like nor­mal road hel­mets. The Pista GP R comes with sep­a­rate bungs that se­cure in place to block the vents for wet rid­ing con­di­tions.

The visor is new and is now a whop­ping 5mm thick, while some­how still re­main­ing in the Class One op­ti­cal clar­ity cat­e­gory. It also uses a Pin­lock Max Vi­sion in­sert to elim­i­nate fog­ging, though this one is the top­spec Pin­lock 120 for even bet­ter pro­tec­tion than the reg­u­lar Pin­lock 70.

The £999 price is for the Sole Luna de­sign as worn by Rossi in this sea­son’s Mo­togp cam­paign. Two plain car­bon-fi­bre de­signs will also be avail­able for less money, though the price on those has yet to be con­firmed.

The new hel­mets will be avail­able in the UK from next spring. Drinks tube to keep you hy­drated. There’s also a new rear spoiler for high­speeed sta­bil­ity

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