Valentino Rossi first moved up to the 250cc class in 1998 racing for the Nastro Azzurro Aprilia team on the Aprilia RS250. He finished his debut 250cc season in 2nd place, 23 points behind Loris Capirossi, and Valentino decided to stay with the same team for the 1999 250cc season.
It turned out to be a shrewd move, and with a season’s worth of 250cc experience under his belt, Rossi went on to dominate the 1999 250cc class and took the World Championship, after scoring five pole positions, nine wins, twelve podiums, and a total of 309 points – which was over 100 points more than he collected i his second place 1998 season).
1999 would be Valentino’s last season in the 250cc class and he moved up to the 500cc Class in 2000 with Honda.
During 1999 Valention Rossi mostly raced with his Sun and Moon helmet design that was created by Aldo Drudi, aside from slight variations Valentino had stayed with with design since his first season in the 125cc class in 1996. However, 1999 did see Valentino Rossi bring his first customised one-off helmet design to the Mugello round, starting a tradition that would last every year from there on.
Check out the Valentino Rossi helmets from his 250cc World Championship winning 1999 season.
1999 Valentino Rossi Helmets:
The Sun and Moon remained a constant design in 1999, and Rossi wore a number of variations on the same basic design. This version was the predominant helmet and was worn for the greater part of the season.
Rossi took his second victory of the season at Mugello in 1999 and came dressed for the occasion as a celebration of ‘Peace and Love’.
In 1999 Valentino Rossi became the youngest ever 250 World Champion riding for Aprilia. To celebrate his achievements a special Aldo Drudi designed World Championship helmet was created.