The 2008 MotoGP season saw Valentino Rossi claim his 8th World Championship after losing out in the previous two seasons to Nicky Hayden when Rossi crashed out in the final round in 2006, and seeing Casey Stoner dominate the 2007 season. The 2008 MotoGP season also arguably saw Valentino Rossi in his finest racing form to date, and there were some heart-stopping battles that took place on track – most notably the thrilling, and now infamous, mid-season clash with Casey Stoner at Laguna Seca, a race that will go down in MotoGP history.
The 2008 MotoGP season was also notable for some of the most memorable Rossi helmet designs, in particular the ‘My Face‘ or ‘double take’ design worn for the Italian MotoGP, and probably goes down as being Valentino’s most famous Mugello helmet so far. Rossi’s partnership with AGV helmets also developed deeper links and Lino Dainese, the founder and current president of Dainese S.p.a., appointed Valentino Rossi as Honorary President of AGV, the historic Italian crash helmet manufacturing firm that Dainese acquired in 2007.
You can check out all the helmet designs that Valentino wore during the 2008 MotoGP season, and find out the stories behind them below.
2008 Valentino Rossi Helmets:
Rossi celebrated his birthday with a surprise Aldo Drudi designed helmet that he wore during the pre-season testing at Jerez. It also marked his first full season on Bridgestone tyres.
The infamous ‘My Face’ aka ‘Double Take’ helmet, was designed by Aldo Drudi and was worn at the Mugello round of the 2008 MotoGP. Rossi won his 7th consecutive Mugello race in 2008 but his Drudi helmet proved to be be biggest talking point and it was highlight of the weekend for many fans and reporters. This helmet was also issued in a limited edition replica model available to buy.
Valentino sported a tribute to the Italian football team in the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya MotoGP in 2008. The Italians were competing in the European Championships and Valentino’s bike was given a paint job to make it look like a football kit, his helmet had a football design, and the famous 46 number was given a makeover to match the numbers that the Italian football team wore.
The Valentino Rossi 5 Continents helmet was the primary helmet that Rossi wore throughout the 2008 MotoGP season, and its another distinctive design by Aldo Drudi. The design is an evolution of Rossi’s trademark sun and moon themes where each ray of the sun represents one of the 5 continents that MotoGP races in.
The custom designed helmet that Rossi wore at the Misano round of MotoGP in 2008 was designed to celebrate his home race and featured a cartoon house surrounded by common Rossi images, including his late Bulldog Guido. Misano was notable for Rossi earning his 68th Grand Prix victory and matching the record of his countryman Giacomo Agostini.
The Valentino Rossi Dreamtime helmet first appeared in Australia in 2007 testing session, however the helmet was also used in Rossi’s 2008 MotoGP campaign. The helmet design takes its inspiration from ancient Aboriginal art. Once again, this is an Aldo Drudi designed helmet.
The Valentino Rossi Celebr-8 helmet was designed to commemorate Rossi winning his 8th World Championship title. This helmet design was not used in any races but it has been used extensively in 2008 and 2009 testing sessions. In February 2009 at the Sepang tests, Rossi also used newly designed yellow version of the Celebr-8 helmet.