Valentino Rossi continued his tradition of unveiling a special one-off helmet design on Saturday at his home Italian MotoGP at Mugello (pictured).

The 2014 version is made to look like a packet of "The Vale" pasta and makes reference to Rossi's 300th grand prix this weekend by stating it does "not overcook ever!"

"Pasta is an Italian icon and we put 'Non Scuoce Mai', because they said I was overcooked!" said Rossi.

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Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet
Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet
Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet
Valentino Rossi's Mugello helmet