Overshadowed by Rossi’s highside and subsequent injury, one thing we missed at Mugello (besides the Italian himself) was Rossi’s traditional custom helmet for the Italian GP. Always one to pander to the home crowd, Rossi has made it a tradition to have a special helmet designed for when he races at Italian tracks (with Mugello in particular), and this year was no different.
Playing to the theme of the “The Jolly Joker”, the AGV lid features a large card graphic on the very top that has Rossi portrayed in a jester’s hat. Written across the visor is “Tribu dei Chihuahua”, Italian for “Chihuahua Tribe”. On the back of the helmet are Rossi’s dogs, which also make their usual appearance on the back of Rossi’s Yamaha YZR-M1. Considering the bad luck the helmet proved to be for the GP Champion, we doubt AGV will be making any race replicas of it any time soon.