In 2000, fresh off the back of his 250cc World Championship, Valentino Rossi moved up to the premier 500cc class racing for Nastro Azzurro Honda team on the Honda NSR500.
In his first season in the 500cc Premier Grand Prix class, Valentino carried over his popular Sun and Moon design that he wore when he claimed the 250cc World Title.
It features a bold sun design on the right hand side of the helmet and a crescent moon in a night sky on the left hand side. Both motifs have aggressive looking faces and sit on top of a background with the number 46 repeatedly written on it. Towards the back of the helmet around the base, a collection of flowers are featured. The cartoon figure on the rear of the helmet is based on an Italian cartoon character called ‘Paparinik’ – Rossi developed his own variation of the character called ‘Valentinik’ and featured it heavily in his helmet designs during this period. Rossi’s number 46 is placed just above the visor.
Image Gallery of the 2000 Rossi Sun and Moon Helmet:
A replica of this helmet design was available for a brief period in the AGV Grid range, but it is now sadly discontinued.