The 2010 MotoGP season marked another significant year for Valentino Rossi, as he announced that it would be his final year racing for Yamaha as he had signed a two year contract to race for Ducati. Ultimately things would not work out as expected and Rossi would return to Yamaha after two years at Ducati, but the news of his departure from Yamaha was the main story of the year.
The season also saw Valentino Rossi sustain worst injury of his career when he high-sided off his bike at Mugello and broke his leg – Rossi was forced to miss four races before returning to action at Sachsenring in Germany. It was to prove costly and despite his relatively quick return to the track, he was unable to bridge the points gap that had opened during his absence.
Despite the drama, Valentino still managed to pull a few new helmet designs out for the season, including the popular ‘Clock‘ and the barely seen ‘Jolly Joker‘ helmets. Check out all the helmet designs below.
2010 Valentino Rossi Helmets:
The Rossi ‘5 Continents’ design had been Valentino’s primary race helmet since 2008, and once again it was being worn throughout the 2010 MotoGP season. The design is a spectacular and eye-catching variation 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 ‘Jolly Joker’ helmet was the first custom design helmet that Rossi wore in 2010.
The helmet was only briefly seen out on track, as Rossi suffered a crash that broke his leg, an injury that left him out of the next 4 races. Being the superstitious type, we doubt you’ll be seeing this helmet being used by Rossi again.
The Fiat Yamaha team were decked out in special livery to mark the launch of the Fiat 500 in the US, and both Rossi and Lorenzo had bike designs to match – both riders had 500 photos of fans on the fairings of their M1 Yamaha’s.
Valentino took the opportunity to take the design further and customise his helmet with all the faces of the people who were most important to him.
As has become customary, Rossi used another one-off helmet design for his home race at Misano.
The design featured an alarm clock, with transfers for the clock hands that were moved to reflect the time of qualifying, and then the race. The alarm clock was supposed to signify it was time for Rossi to wake up and start winning races and scoring decent points again.
Less that 48 hours after the final race of the 2010 MotoGP season Valentino Rossi was back on track in the first official test as a Ducati rider.
This test was highly anticipated and the world’s press gathered to see how Rossi would do on the factory Ducati. Rossi wore a special helmet for the test – a pretty basic design by his standards, but it did feature a mysterious ‘?’ logo.