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Rossi shows off new helmet design in Malaysia

Rossi shows off new helmet design in Malaysia

Valentino Rossi lit up the dreary weather at the Sepang circuit this morning with a typically bright and colourful new helmet. Rossi, who is known for his unique decorative style, was widely expected to come up with an alternative design since being crowned World Champion at Phillip Island a week ago. The Malaysian public were not let down, when the flamboyant Italian emerged with a sparkling new AGV lid, adorned with an aboriginal style design and a variation of the crescent moon motif.

´The new helmet is special because it is a completely different style from my normal one and it is hand painted,´ explained Rossi. ´I went to see the designer, Aldo Drudi, and we went through lots of different designs together. I told him my ideas and he put them into practice until we came up with the final pattern.´

´Normally the process is to take a helmet of the chosen colour and then add the design with water-based transfers and cover it with a special protective coat. This one, though, was just a plain white helmet, with everything hand-painted on afterwards. I don´t know how many hours it took him to do it but for sure it was a long time.´

´I will wear this helmet for the last two races of this season and for the whole of next season. The other one won the World Championship and the Suzuka 8 hour, so I think that is enough.´

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500cc, 2001, Valentino Rossi

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