After Valentino Rossi’s return to Yamaha in 2013 and his struggles to stay with the leading riders (Lorenzo, Marquez, and Pedrosa), Rossi decided to make some drastic changes for the 2014 season and stated that if he wasn’t competitive in the first 6 races then he would re-evaluate his future in MotoGP.
The most notable change that Valentino made in order to give himself extra motivation was a shake-up at the top of his team – in a surprise move Valentino severed his working relationship with Jeremy Burgess, his crew chief, and the man who had partnered Rossi throughout his MotoGP career and was the technical architect behind Valentino’s seven World Titles in the premier class and 80 race victories. Burgess was replaced by Silvano Galbusera.
The changes seemed to work, and Valentino started the season with a new motivation and the gap between Marquez was significantly reduced. Rossi found himself standing on the podium 13 times during the season, with two wins (Misano and Australia). Unfortunately for Rossi his improvement coincided with an incredible run of form from Honda and Marc Marquez, and the defending champion was untouchable as he claimed victory in the first 10 races, before going on to win a total of 13 races over the course season and taking the Word Title with a total of 362. Valentino Rossi was a distant second with 295 points.
Valentino’s primary helmet design for 2014 remained as the SoleLuna design, but throughout the season Valentino had some notable one-helmet designs created, with highlights including his ‘Di Vale‘ pasta box spoof helmet for Mugello, and an eye-catching LED spoiler to his primary SoleLuna helmet for the night race at Qatar.
Check out all the helmets that Valentino Rossi wore during the 2014 MotoGP season below:
For the opening race of the season held in Qatar at the Losail circuit, Valentino Rossi customised his SoleLuna helmet design to feature a spoiler that contained LED lights in it. The spoiler lit up during the night race sessions and illuminated the back of Rossi’s helmet and leathers, creating an eye-catching effect.
When Valentino Rossi returned to Yamaha in 2013 he also updated the design for his primary race helmet to the SoleLuna design. He carried this helmet design over to the 2014 MotoGP season, and it would be the helmet that Rossi would wear the most during the season. The SoleLuna is a glorious and colourful take on Valentino Rossi’s long-running Sun and Moon graphical theme.
Valentino Rossi had a uniquely Italian helmet design for his home race at Mugello in 2014. The helmet was made to look like a pasta box, complete with Rigatoni pasta, a brand label called ‘Di Vale’, and cooking instructions for 46 minutes.
The helmet also featured the phrase “non scuoce mai”, which means “doesn’t overcook” – a reference aimed at his critics.
Valentino Rossi had the ‘power of many’ for the Misano MotoGP as he raced with a helmet that had the hand-prints from his mechanics and family printed on it. This helmet also featured the thumbprint of Aldo Drudi – Valentino’s long time helmet designer.
Rossi won the race taking his 81st victory in the premier class.