Location: Mugello, Italy
Date: 8th June, 2003
Valentino Rossi came to Mugello in 2003 needing to take the battle to Sete Gibernau, who had been the strongest rider in the previous few rounds. Rossi rose to the challenge and put his Honda on pole position for the race. When the race got underway it was Loris Capirossi on his Ducati that powered into the lead and a thrilling battle followed for the bulk of the race involving Gibernau, Biaggi, Capirossi, and Rossi. Rossi eventually got the better of the challengers and took the victory.
As was becoming tradition, Rossi had a new helmet design for the race. He took to the track with a blue helmet that featured the colours of the Italian flag as a stripe running from the front of the helmet above the visor to the rear. The crown of the helmet featured the word ‘ROSSI’ in bold white type across the top, underlined with 5 stars. The shade of blue that was used is also that of the Italian football team and the Savoia Royal Family, so this is one of Valentino’s more patriotic helmet designs.
The back of the helmet simply featured a huge white number ’46’. The Rossi name and the number 46 were supposed to look like a football shirt, with the players name positioned above the player number, just like you would see on the Italian Football team’s shorts at the time. This helmet is fairly rare in the fact that the usual imagery of the Sun and the Moon are relegated to being minor features under either side of the visor.
This is a simple and classic looking Valentino Rossi helmet design that looked stunning in the Italian sun on race day.
Image Gallery of the Valentino Rossi Mugello 2003 Helmet: