Another San Marino GP means that we have another special helmet design from Valentino Rossi. Celebrating his home grand prix, The Doctor this time riffs on the movie Back to the Future, borrowing the movie’s typeface for his “Back to Misano” title, and throwing a nod to the DeLoren time machine.
The new design for the Rossi’s helmet is also a reference to last year’s edition of the San Marino GP, which Rossi had to miss because of a training incident where he broke his tibia and fibula bones.
As usual, Valentino Rossi is wearing an AGV Pista GP R helmet. The words “Back to Misano” feature in orange and yellow font on the top of the helmet, while portraits of Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown are replaced with the faces of Rossi and his crew chief, Silvano Galbusera.
There are numerous details to the movie throughout the helmet (note the flux capacitor on the back of the helmet), but the most eye-catching element is the time machine control panel on the right-hand side.
The time machine panel shows the date for Rossi’s last appearance at Misano in 2016, the date that the helmet debuted during the race recent weekend, and the date of the San Marino GP race this year. Notice that all the minute-markers are set to “46” – a reference to Rossi’s racing number.
On the other side of the helmet we see a graphic of the DeLorean time machine car, as it lights the road on fire.
As usual, we would expect VR46 fans to drool over this latest helmet installment from Valentino Rossi, and we would also expect AGV to make a special edition replica available at a later date.
Until then, enjoy these high-resolution photos of the special lid.