Misano Rossi Helmet: Time to Wake Up

09/04/2010 @ 6:01 am, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

At Misano this morning, Valentino Rossi debuted another of his famous helmet designs for his home crowd. Adorned with a painted clock on the top of helmet, Rossi will use a different helmet for each session during the San Marino GP. The time on the clock is set to five minutes before the session’s start, and labeled with “wake up and get going,” which for Rossi is both a literal and figurative reminder.

Critical of his results lately, Rossi is acknowledging that he needs to start turning around his season at Misano, and once again ride at the front of the pack. Hopefully these helmets (last year Rossi was the donkey) will be a reminder to the Italian rider, who has struggled since returning from a compound fracture to his leg.

At Indianapolis Rossi said the fault rested on him, and that his physical fitness was to blame for not only his poor results at Indy, but also for many of his crashes. With only a few days time to make the trip from the US to San Marino, it’s unlikely Rossi is feeling better about his condition, but we think the nine-time World Champion will dig deep in front of his local crowd.

Photos: Alex Briggs (via Twitter)

  • RGR

    Rossi will go down in history as one of the greatest champions of motorcycle racing ever, no matter who beats his records. It’s not just his super-human ability, but also his self-deprecating and silly sense of humor. I love the turtle on the helmet with the #46 on his shell and his two dogs come to life on the back. I don’t know the exact definition but Google’s translation gives the general idea: “that there is reason to worry”.

    As much as I always root for the home team (Go Ben, Nicky, and Colin!!!!), Rossi will always be my favorite. He has been ever since his 250 days. Even though the championship is pretty well out of the question, especially with the streak that Lorenzo’s been on, I hope to see him get back to his winning ways before the end of this season so he can leave the Yamaha portion of his career on an up-note. He deserves it, and his fans deserve it.

    Good luck Vale!

  • Chris

    Well said RGR! Rossi embodies a true champion. Never bitchy, never whiney, never blaming this or that if he doesn’t perform up to expectations. A true role model, someone for all racers to look up to. How can you not idolise the man ? Go Vale.