Here it is, full photos of Valentino Rossi’s new helmet for the 2017 Mugello MotoGP.
The helmet design created by Aldo Drudi and Valentino Rossi is a tribute to both Francesco Totti and Nicky Hayden.
Francesco Totti is a close friend of Valentino Rossi and he recently retired from a long career at Roma football club, so Rossi has had this design created to celebrate his long career.
A cartoon Valentino Rossi can be seen on the top of the helmet, complete with a plaster to signify Rossi’s current injury that he sustained in a Motocross accident that almost ruled him out form this year’s Mugello MotoGP, about to take a penalty. Rossi is pictured as saying “shall I chip” – which is a reference to a “paneka” penalty, which is also the title of Totti’s recent autobiography.
The rear of the helmet has the phrase “One captain. There is only one captain” as a tribute to Totti.
Valentino has also merged his famous race number ’46’ into Nicky Hayden’s race number ’69’ as a tribute to his former team-mate and all-round MotoGP good-guy, who sadly lost his life in a cycling accident. The ‘469’ number is positioned at the sides of the helmet.
Many other riders at Mugello this year also had a number 69, or some other tribute to Nicky Hayden on their helmet or leathers and 69 seconds of silence will be observed prior to the Mugello MotoGP race on Sunday as a tribute to Hayden.
Check out all the photos of Valentino Rossi’s football themed Mugello helmet below:
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