Pesaro erects monument to Valentino Rossi Gigantic helmet for Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi is from Tavullia. But the city of Pesaro honors the 9-time motorcycle world champion with a monument.
A gigantic motorcycle helmet, 6 meters high, 4 meters wide and weighing 400 kilograms, was erected in the Piazzale D’Annunzio in the Italian city of Pesaro in July 2022. As a memorial to Valentino Rossi, who was personally present at the festive unveiling.
Valentino Rossi’s second home
As is well known, the 9-time motorcycle world champion comes from Tavullia, not from Pesaro. But on site he explained his personal connection to the city as follows: “Pesaro means a lot to me because my father Graziano was born here and my parents met each other here. That’s why I’ve always come here regularly, Pesaro is my second home. Thank you to everyone involved in this project, the helmet turned out really great. It’s a great honor for me.”
Motorcycle stories from Pesaro
Matteo Ricci, Mayor of Pesaro, was visibly happy about the erection of the extraordinary monument and about the presence of the legendary racing driver, who has had pop star status since the 1990s – not only, but of course especially in Italy. Additionally, Ricci pointed out that Pesaro’s story has several strong motorcycle ties. The Benelli brand is at home in Pesaro, and there are or were two motorcycle museums there: the Morbidelli Museum and a national motorcycle museum. Now the mayor is hoping for pilgrimages by Rossi fans between Tavullia and Pesaro. The XXL helmet was manufactured by Riccardo Sivelli and Extralab, coordinated by Massimiliano Santini. Companies from Pesaro were also involved: Prochima, Pesaro Colori, GTS Digital Print and Arturo Man.
The doctor has achieved a lot, but now it was time to stop.
Rossi is still fast enough, he should have continued.
An XXL helmet as a Rossi monument that fits. However, there is a need for explanation about the Pesaro location, and whether the Rossi fans will make the pilgrimage from Tavullia to Pesaro remains to be seen.
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