Valentino Rossi Helmet Misano 2015 Photos – Watch out for Sharks!
Valentino Rossi was the favorite heading into the 2015 San Marino Grand Prix at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Actually, the nine-time World Champion is a always a favorite there – it’s Rossi’s home circuit, the 36-year-old Italian born only six miles from the circuit in Tavllia.
Rossi entered Misano with a 12-point lead over Movistar Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, but only managed to finish fifth due to some miscalculations regarding a bike swap from a wet to a dry setup. But because Lorenzo crashed out, Rossi was able to extend his lead to 23 points over the two-time MotoGP Champion with five rounds remaining.
One of the main highlights of the San Marino Grand Prix is Rossi’s helmet, which always dons some creative graphics for his hoe GP. Rossi’s lid at this year’s Misano MotoGP – an AGV Pista – was once again created by Drudi Performance.
Speaking of the Valentino Rossi Helmet, AGV says “the graphic design recalls the sea, a typical theme in the area around the circuit, which is situated near the Adriatic shore: a fish (yellow in color, wearing Valentino’s racing number and sporting a recognizable earring) is pursued by the rest of the MotoGP pack, symbolized by a giant shark.
“Obviously, Valentino has no intention of being caught in front of his home crowd, and reinforcing this message are the Italian words on the sides: ‘Via! Via! Via!’ (‘Get away! Get away! Get away!’). Meanwhile, the back of the helmet features Rossi’s No. 46, the No. 58 of his late friend Marco Simoncelli, and Valentino’s pets—dogs Cecilia and Cesare and cat Rossano. For this occasion, the animals are wearing diver’s masks and a snorkels.”
For more on the race, visit San Mario GP Results.