“On Monday you start to feel butterflies in your stomach, you feel nervous and you realize that this is the Mugello race weekend. It’s a special appointment, maybe the most important in the whole race calendar. For sure the place I love most. Then arriving on Wednesday, breathing the fresh air and the beauty of the Tuscan hills, I feel so excited. This is my 27th time. I started in the Sport Production. Every year the excitement is always the same”, confessed Valentino Rossi on the eve of the 2021 Italian GP.
There is a special relationship between Valentino Rossi and the Mugello circuit. A love affair that was formed by seven-consecutive wins in the MotoGP class between 2002 and ’08, and a total of nine victories and 14-podium finishes in all classes.
Every year Valentino celebrates the Italian GP with a special helmet, and his traditional Saturday-morning unveiling has become a special moment in the season. Each helmet tells a story, a particular moment in Valentino’s career. “I communicate through symbols, colours and numbers in the design”, continued Rossi, talking about the tradition of his helmets. “Ever since I have been a rider, on my helmet, I have always had the symbols of the sun and the moon. I like them graphically, but in a way, they also represent me: I’m both the day and the night, the good and the bad, the angel and the devil. In a way this is what every good rider should be”. On the helmets are also the iconic images that accompany Valentino’s epic battles like the Ninja turtle, Guido the dog, Rossifumi, Valentinik, and then the Doctor.