Location: Valencia, Spain
Date: 2nd November, 2003
The final race of the MotoGP season in 2003 was held in Spain at Valencia, and it was also Rossi’s last ever race as a Honda rider. Rossi would move to Yamaha for the 2004 season, but that was not yet announced.
Rossi dominated and won the race ahead of Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi, and managed to do it in a unique style with a flower power helmet and bike livery (this design is also referred to as the ‘Austin Powers’ design).
Despite being no stranger to flamboyance, the design for this race was not actually choden by Valentino. The livery was chosen after Repsol ran a competition with Spanish motorcycle magazine, Motociclismo, where readers had to create a design for the bike and rider that also included the Repsol name. Repsol Honda and Valentino Rossi chose the winner from the shortlist and this hippy inspired flower theme was the winner. This is probably one of the rare Valentino Rossi helmet designs that wasn’t cooked up by Rossi and Aldo Drudi.
The helmet design was covered in flowers and featured a small sun and moon under the visor towards the front of the helmet. The left and right sides of the helmet had the word ‘Valentino‘ in 1960’s style text running along the base of the neck, with the word ‘Rossi‘ running along the top of the helmet.
The back of the helmet featured the number 46 in a similar flowery font. The rest of the helmet was covered in 1960s psychedelic style colours, shapes, and flowers. When combined with the bike it was a very eye-catching livery.
The would be the last helmet design that Valentino Rossi would wear on a Honda. To celebrate his victory, and to stay on point with the 1960’s / flower power theme, Valentino took to the podium wearing a huge afro wig.
Image Gallery of Austin Powers / Flower Power Helmet:
This is a beautiful helmet and livery, and whilst you can’t get the helmet as a full replica, you can get it as a scale model from official manufacturers like Minichamps. Check out the link below to see it for yourself.
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