One thing is for sure, Valentino Rossi knows how to get a message across. In his Jerez testing sessions whilst preparing for the 2007 season (just after he lost his world championship to Nicky Hayden), Rossi came out on track with a sword graphic embedded into his helmet, there was also a graphic of a sword plunging into the front of his Yamaha.
The sword was a reference to Excalibur, a sword that legend states was encased in stone, and could only be removed by the true king (Arthur, in the tale). It is said that Rossi was implying that he would come out fighting hard for the 2007 season and that the true king will return to his throne; and an impostor (Nicky Hayden) currently stands in his place.
Image gallery of the Valentino Rossi Sword Helmet:
Rossi said about the sword design:
“They’re a reference to the legend of King Arthur and “Excalibur! I want to show everyone that we’re ready to fight back and that we’re ready to do our very best throughout these winter tests. This is an important test, we could only do a few laps this morning before it rained, but hopefully we’ll get better weather on Wednesday and Thursday so we can get some important work done,”
The good news for bikers and Rossi fans is that AGV have released a replica version of this helmet for sale. Check it out here