This is the special helmet unveiled by Valentino Rossi on Saturday during his local grand prix at Misano.

The helmet has a smiling image of the donkey's face from the film 'Shrek' painted on top - similar to Rossi's memorable 2008 Mugello helmet, featuring a shocked picture of his own face. The choice of a donkey is a joke at Rossi's own expense for crashing at Indianapolis last Sunday.

"If anyone is wondering about my helmet - I have the donkey on it because in Italy, if you make a stupid mistake we say that you are a donkey.

"As soon as I hit the ground at Indianapolis I thought what a donkey I was. Later I thought that would make a good helmet design for my home race.

"So, I may have lost 25 points but I solved the problem of the helmet design for Misano!" smiled the eight time world champion. "I think it's very funny."

The Indy fall marked Rossi's first non-finish since 2007 and means he starts round 13 of 17 with a reduced 25 point lead over Lorenzo.

Rossi took his special helmet design to pole position in qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix.