After winning the 125c World Championship in 1997, Valentino Rossi moved up to the 250cc Class and made an immediate impact on the Aprilia RSV250.
Rossi has stated in the past that he often holds the 1998 250cc season to be one of his toughest seasons as he was rapidly becoming a celebrity and felt under pressure from Aprilia (who were a team with a formidable record) to perform on a bike that he was still trying to learn. Despite this, Rossi finished in second place in the championship, only a mere 23 points behind the 250cc World Champion of that year, Loris Capirossi.
1998 Valentino Rossi Helmets
In his 1998 250cc debut season Rossi mostly stuck with his helmet design that he had been running since 1996 which featured the sun and moon on either side of the helmet, with his ‘number 46’ racing number on the top of the helmet above the visor.
The 250cc race at Imola in 1998 saw the showman in Rossi beginning to emerge, with a Tricolore colour scheme painted across his bike and helmet. Rossi won the race with Loris Caprirossi coming second.