Location: Misano, Italy
Date: Sunday September 15th, 2013
Race Position: 4th
Valentino pulled a very special helmet design out of the bag for the San Marino MotoGP held at the ‘Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli’.
It has gone on to be know as the ‘Wish’ helmet, or more specifically ‘Wish You Were Here’.
The helmet was a tribute to Marco Simoncelli, a close friend of Valentino Rossi who was killed in an accident during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on 23 October 2011, where he was hit by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.
Choosing Misano as the track to reveal this unique one-off helmet design was significant on a number of levels – firstly both Simoncelli and Rossi were both locals to the area, Rossi’s home town of Tavullia is only a few miles away from the circuit, and Simoncelli was from Cattolica, a seaside town just up the road from the circuit. Secondly, in tribute to Simoncelli’s memory the circuit was renamed from ‘Misano World Circuit‘ to the ‘Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli‘.
Aldo Drudi was involved in the design of this beautiful helmet, and Drudi and Rossi turned to Pink Floyd for inspiration. The design takes imagery from Pink Floyd’s 1975 album ‘Wish You Were Here’ (see it on iTunes). The helmet features the two robot arms clasping hands above the four elements of Fire, Wind, Water, and Earth that were featured on the album. The rear of the helmet features the famous photo of the two men shaking hands, with one of them on fire, from the album sleeve.
Around the crown of the helmet are lyrics from the title track ‘Wish You Were Here‘ (iTunes). Aside from being moving lyrics that can obviously be interpreted about dealing with loss and missing loved ones, the lyrics are also strangely applicable about the life of a motorcycle racer who spends every year going to the same places and circling around the same tracks – example lyrics from the track featured on the helmet can be seen below:
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.
This is an unusual Valentino Rossi helmet design in that it is far more serious and elegant that his usual cartoon style specials that are often chosen for the Italian Grand Prix’s.
Valentino Rossi spoke about the ‘Wish You Were Here’ helmet:
“This time we decided to make something more serious because it is already quite a long time that Marco is not with us, but here is his racetrack – more than me because his house is closer and also the circuit is in his name,”
“So we decided to remember him with a song from Pink Floyd, that every time I hear I remember Marco. This was the idea. A tribute to him.”
Image gallery of the Valentino Rossi ‘Wish You Were Here’ helmet from Misano 2013:
The actual race was dominated by Jorge Lorenzo who bolted to an early lead and stayed there. Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa took second and third place, with Rossi finishing in fourth position
Where can I buy it?:
Needless to say this was a hugely popular Valentino Rossi helmet design and AGV made it available as a limited edition and you can see where you can still get it at our Product Page, or if you are too late to pick one up you can also check