Valentino Rossi debuted his new helmet today at practice for the Qatar GP. The AGV GP-Tech incorporates his number 46 on the rear, surrounded by a crescent moon in Italian flag tricolore, also notable is the inclusion of sponsor Monster Energy’s logo. But the most interesting new graphic isn’t on the helmet itself, it’s a new graphic element on the Desmosedici GP11 that’s a possible nod to trouble Rossi is having taming the machine.
This graphic of Rossi trying to desperately cling on to the Ducati, snapped by Motoblog.it, is new this weekend. The former world champion has been struggling to turn competitive lap times aboard the GP11, failing to crack the top 10 fastest lap times during pre-season testing and today lapping over a second slower than Casey Stoner during free practice.