Straight after his victory in the Dutch GP at Assen, Valentino Rossi hopped on to a flight to the UK to make an appearance at the Goodwood festival of Speed. Rossi was in attendance alongside Yamaha’s Executive Vice President, Takaaki Kimurato, to celebrate Yamaha’s 60th anniversary in motorsport.
Valentino also took part in the iconic Goodwood Hillclimb on his Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike on the Sunday. The Hillclimb is a twisting and technical course that runs for 1.16 miles and rises over 300ft – a challenge for the best of riders.
To mark the occasion Rossi and his Yamaha M1 were decked out in old-school Yamaha livery, and he also wore a classic looking Yamaha race helmet design to match. This new helmet design was created by Aldo Drudi and took in design elements that were used for Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary at Laguna Seca way back in 2005 (the retro American Yellow and Black Molly graphics).
The helmet feature a classic black and white base, with a yellow crown, complete with Rossi’s iconic race number 46. This is a beautiful looking Rossi lid – a simple design that pays tribute to Yamaha’s rich history in Motorsport.
More images of Valentino Rossi’s Goodwood Festival of Speed helmet below:
Valentino Rossi said:
I’m very happy to attend the Festival of Speed at Goodwood this year. It will be my first time at Goodwood, but I know this event pretty well. I have read so many stories about the Festival and I have also seen many videos. The atmosphere looks great. This event has the power to gather so many drivers, riders and motorsport VIPs and it is a great opportunity to have fun together. I’ll ride my Yamaha YZR-M1 to celebrate Yamaha Motor’s 60th anniversary, but I might also drive a few cars… I would like to thank Lord March for inviting me to the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. I am sure it’s going to be an incredible day and I look forward to being there!
Watch Valentino Rossi’s lap of Goodwood:
After his lap of Goodwood Valentino had the rare priviledge of actually riding his Yamaha directly into Goodwood house before appearing on the upper balcony where he was interviewed and waved to the fans. He even dropped a few clues about his plans for the future after he finishes his MotoGP career.
Video of Valentino Rossi riding his Yamaha right through the door and into Goodwood house:
“I am very happy to be here at Goodwood. I have never been before but I have seen videos so it is great to finally be here. I had to leave almost straight after being on the podium at Assen to get here but I have had a great time.
“I was very impressed, it was larger than I imagined! The venue is very big and there were lots of fans, but also famous riders, drivers and other VIPs! There was a great atmosphere when I rode my M1 up and down the hill.”
“When I am 40, I hope to be racing in a way, not with MotoGP but with the cars. Not at the same level, but something to enjoy. I think you have to continue to race as much as possible.
“First we have to make sure we win the MotoGP! This year it is very difficult as the other guys are very strong, especially Jorge who won four races in a row. I have a chance, I have a great chance as the Yamaha is fantastic. It looks like Marc might have come back from his problems so he will too be hard to beat in the next races but we have a good advantage in the points so this is important. It will be tough and I think the battle will continue until the last race.”
Watch more of Valentino Rossi’s Googdwood interview with Suzy Perry below:
We will be watching closley if this helmet is released as a replica as the design is steeped in Yamaha racing history and we would imagine that many fans would love to get their hands on one of these.