Valentino Rossi is considered to be one of the greatest Motor-cycle racers of all time. With nine World Championships, Rossi is still one of the top riders in the world and capable of winning title number ten before he retires. Rossi has won across all racing categories, the 125cc in 1997, the 250cc in 1999, the 500cc in 2001 as well as the MotoGP class in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 & 2009.
With his ongoing struggles trying to be competitive on the Ducati, Valentino Rossi arrived at Misano, his second home race of the season, with a helmet that really reflected his state of mind. This unique helmet design was laced with dark humor and it was a creative way for Valentino to get a message across to his fans.
Rossi’s Misano helmet was bright yellow, and featured a thought bubble coming from under the visor filled with cartoon style expletives and curses. The various expletives reflected Rossi’s frustration with the Ducati, and his ongoing battle with the bike during his debut season on it.
Rossi stated “It’s what I think when I ride. It is just for make a laugh. When you read the comics and one is very angry you have all the bad things like the bomb or the gun like this, it’s try to understand without say exactly what you think, try to explain without saying exactly the word because a helmet with the word ‘fuck’ is not very polite!”
Writing on Twitter, Rossi’s mechanic Alex Briggs said of the new helmet: “The basic translation in english would be WTF!”
The race didn’t make things any better either – Rossi started from the 4th row and suffered gearbox issues during the race that saw him run wide on numerous occasions. Rossi had to push hard for his 7th place finish.
AGV released this unique helmet in a GP-Tech shell as part of a worldwide unsigned edition of only 1800.
Valentino Rossi signed this exclusive edition of only 12 worldwide during the 2012 Silverstone MotoGP race weekend. Each helmet includes the Official VR46 hologram and is backed by our 100% Guarantee of Authenticity as well as a photo from the signing session.
The helmet offered for sale is the #1/12 in the edition.