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PostSubject: 2000 500cc class   Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:03 am

After proving his talent at the 125cc and 250cc levels Rossi took the leap into the 500cc MotoGp Championships in 2000 and started racing for the Nastro Azzurro works supported Honda team. It was his move to this team that saw Rossi pair up with Jeremy Burgess, the chief mechanic that would prove to be a vital ingredient in Valentino Rossi’s future success. Rossi’s debut season at 500cc started poorly and he crashed out of the first two races, however, he adapted quickly and scored his first podium in April in Spain, and then went on to take his first 500cc victory at Donington Park in the rain.

More podium finishes at the next three races had him challenging Kenny Roberts for the series lead but a crash at Valencia ended his title hopes. Rossi took his second 500cc victory in Brazil towards the end of the season and this was enough to secure him second place in the Championship. Overall Valentino Rossi took two race wins out of 16 and took 8 podium places – Rossi finished the 2000 MotoGP season in 2nd position with 209 points.

In his first season in the 500cc Premier Grand Prix class, Valentino carried over his popular Sun and Moon design that he wore when he claimed the 250cc World Title.

It features a bold sun design on the right hand side of the helmet and a crescent moon in a night sky on the left hand side. Both motifs have agressive looking faces, and sit on top of a background with the number 46 repeatedly written on it. Towards the back of the helmet around the base, a collection of flowers are featured. The cartoon figure on the rear of the helmet is based on an Italian cartoon character called ‘Paparinik’ – Rossi developed his own variation of the character called ‘Valentinik’ and featured it heavily in his helmet designs during this period. Rossi’s number 46 is placed just above the visor.

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