Valentino Rossi was racing the Aprilia RS125R in 1997 and it was to be the season where he came of age and turned the potential he showed in 1996, into actual results and a consistent race winning form. In his 1997 season Valentino Rossi became the 125cc World Champion, collecting 4 pole positions and 11 race wins along the way.
Rossi was not yet in the habit of creating custom helmet designs for various races during the season, but he did change his primary Sun and Moon design for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Check out the helmets the Valentino wore during this historic season below.
1997 Valentino Rossi Helmets:
In his 1997 125cc world championship winning season Rossi mostly stuck with his helmet design from 1996 which featured the sun and moon on eithet side of the helmet, with his ‘number 46’ racing number on the top of the helmet above the visor.
Rossi came to the second race of the 1997 season in Japan with a rising sun design dominating the top of his helmet. His usual Sun and Moon designs were pushed down towards the base to make room for the Japanese sun. Rossi ended up having a tough time on race day and it was the only Grand Prix round in 1997 that Rossi would not complete.