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Valentino Rossi is sporting a new winter test helmet design, as is tradition for the nine-time world champion. Looking like a riff on something you would find at an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party, Rossi’s new lid design is certainly…festive.

Perhaps that’s too harsh of a critique for The Doctor, but you can’t mistake the snowflake’s design as something straight from J.Crew’s yule-log holiday catalog.

Ugly Xmas sweater or not, Rossi put a bow on Wednesday’s lap times — second-fastest overall, and by far the most comfortable looking on a MotoGP bike.

Rossi said at Sepang that he is hunting for his 10th World Championship this season, and we believe him. Only a man with that level of confidence could rock a helmet with a snowflake on it, after all.

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Source: VR|46

  • Jack Meoph

    I’ll still root for Nicky (why not), but I hope Rossi gets #10 this year……time is not on his side however. I wonder how long Nicky has as well.

  • Trane Francks

    I totally dig the design and the humour behind it.

  • John Doe

    Garbage!

  • Highside Specialist

    Great helmet from The Doctor. Not only is his race craft admirable, but so is his disposition. He’s always happy on a bike and pleased in the paddock. Even during the tough times, he’s still a consummate competitor. As for championship number 10, there’s only a few rules in motorsport and one of them is to never bet against Rossi. He’ll prove you wrong.

    Go VR46.

  • Colin Leipelt

    best helmet yet