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10 ageless GP racer helmet designs

From the days when helmets weren't littered with energy drink sponsorship and designs didn't look cluttered and complicated

The helmet catalogue of time reveals a selection of interestingly simple, effective and creative schemes that had a greater impact on rider recognition. The designs provided an identity for the racers and an opportunity for individuality to shine through, in comparison the modern era is a mismatch of colours congregating on the top of helmets.

With this in mind cycle through an exhibition of the iconic and memorable Grand Prix helmet designs from the past.

10. Eddie Lawson

10. Eddie Lawson

Three-time champion Lawson adopted this jagged lines that intercepted and overlapped each other when he rode for the Marlboro Yamaha and Cagiva teams in the late '80s and early '90s.

09. Mike Baldwin

09. Mike Baldwin

Mike Baldwin was one of the many American riders to join the travelling Grand Prix circus in the 1980's and also was amongst the many American riders to have a recognisable helmet design with the blue/white/red pattern that followed the shape of the helmet.

08. Luca Cadalora

08. Luca Cadalora

Luca Cadalora was the one of the most suave racers within the GP paddock with a smooth riding style worthy of imitation. But to match this was an equally debonair paint scheme that adorned his Arai.

07. Kevin Schwantz

07. Kevin Schwantz

From Schwantz's days racing in the States to his debut in the 500GPs he wore the design pictured here. The clean motif on this helmet and the clinical looking Pepsi paintjob of his RGV500 was somewhat juxtaposed to Schwantz's wild riding style.

06. Giacomo Agostini

06. Giacomo Agostini

Ago has the official title of MotoGP Legend and the pattern that adorned his AGV throughout his 15 World championship and 122 race wins featured Il Tricolore covering the top, but the gold surrounding the bottom is suitable for one of the greatest riders of all time.

05. Jorge 'Aspar' Martinez

05. Jorge 'Aspar' Martinez

Now one of the most successful team managers in the paddock, Jorge ‘Aspar’ Martinez was also successful as a rider. The four-time champion had a pattern that swayed a top the Kiwi lid as if they came from the brush of an artist.

04. Randy Mamola

04. Randy Mamola

An entertaining character both on and off the track, the red and black design combined to make an iconic design for one of Grand Prix’s nearly men. The revamped version that is currently terrifying celebrities doesn’t quite live up to the original.

03. Barry Sheene

03. Barry Sheene

Sheene's helmet remained the same throughout his career with simple and distinctive elements, black/gold colours, the iconic number 7 and donald duck. Increasing Sheene's legendary status was the story of the drilled hole to provide, not a vent, but a way to smoke a cigarette on the grid.

02. Kenny Roberts

02. Kenny Roberts

The bald eagle is symbolic to America, and appropriate for Kenny Roberts to wear on his helmet with being the first American to win a Grand Prix championship with his revolutionary riding style. The design was passed down from father to son, and saw championship glory on the head of Kenny Roberts Jr.

01. Freddie Spencer

01. Freddie Spencer

25 years ago Freddie Spencer was victorious in both the 500 and 250 Grand Prix championships, and the gifted racer used this iconic helmet to cover the racing history pages as the last rider to win two GP championships within the same year.