1. Sun & Moon (1996)


When an 18-year-old Valentino Rossi entered Grand Prix competition in 1996 in the 125cc class aboard the Scuderia AGV Aprilia, this is the helmet he was wearing. The original Sun & Moon motif set the precedent for future helmet designs, as well as the asymmetrical features of his leathers. This is the helmet design that began his career-long partnership with Aldo Drudi, who has designed all of Rossi’s helmets. It is the helmet he was wearing when he won his first GP – at Brno that same year – as well as his first GP championship in the 125cc class in 1997. Rossi continued with this design through two years of 250cc competition – including one championship – and his first year in the premier class. Rossi has always worn AGV helmets and many of his past and present designs can be purchased today at agv.com.