Location: Grand Prix of Community of Valencia, Valencia
Date: Sunday, November 6th, 2005
Race position: 3rd
Valentino Rossi had already secured his world championship title prior to the Valencia round of the MotoGP 2005 season, and he found himself starting the race in 15th position on the grid due to a qualifying incident. In typical Rossi fashion he staged a rapid comeback and cut through the field, but it wasn’t enough to catch the leaders Nicky Hayden and Marco Melandri. Melandri went on to win the race with Hayden coming in second, and Rossi third.
The factory Yamaha team had brought a new livery for this final MotoGP of the season. To continue their 50th Anniversary celebrations the factory M1’s of Rossi and Edwards were decked out in the traditional white, red, and black racing colours of Yamaha Japan’. The team had done a similar thing as part of their anniversary celebrations at Laguna Seca where they adopted the yellow, black, and red colours of ‘Yamaha USA’ earlier in the season.
To celebrate retaining his world championship title, Rossi had a custom designed helmet created by Aldo Drudi that featured a cartoon ‘zoo’ of exotic animals, as well as his trademark sun and moon motifs. The colours were made to match the white colour scheme of the Yamaha livery.
A bright red phoenix can be seen on the rear of the helmet rising towards the sun, and a hippo sits on the top facing forwards. Various other cartoon birds can be see towards the top of the helmet, while the lower part of the helmet features sea-life, like fish and dolphins.
Image Gallery of the Valentino Rossi White Zoo Helmet: