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At the recent Milan bike show we met with members of Marco’s management team responsible for his fan club and merchandise programme.

For the Malaysian race, Marco’s team was planning to launch a new website and supporters’ club.

With the tragedy that unfolded that weekend, those plans have been shelved, although Marco’s father, Paolo, still wants there to be a range of Simoncelli merchandise in 2012 in memory of his son and, as we speak, there are discussions going on about the creation of some form of charitable foundation, along the lines of Ayrton Senna’s.

For the Malaysian Grand Prix, Marco’s team had produced a new T-shirt and cap to launch the Supporters’ Club, but given that this is now not going to happen, we were asked if we would offer the small quantity of merchandise that had been produced, to his British fans.

This we agreed to do. The T-shirt is, as you may recall, the T-shirt that Valentino wore in tribute to his close friend on the parade lap at Valencia.

The quantity available, of course, is very limited and it will remain so, as we are told that these pieces will never be remade.

That weekend in Malaysia was, of course, a tragedy; a tragedy for his family and friends but also for the entire sport. Characters like Marco don’t come along very often, especially ones with his racing mentality and never give up attitude.

And so it is with some humility that we find ourselves in a position to offer his fans this exclusive T-shirt and cap. Buy the Marco Simoncelli supporter T-shirt and cap here.

Valentino Rossi Occhio T-shirt

Valentino Rossi Occhio T-shirt

This fantastic Mugello limited edition Valentino Rossi T-shirt features the dramatic eye graphic which Rossi sported on his helmet at Mugello. It has become a tradition for Rossi to wear a new and sometimes crazy graphic on his helmet at the Mugello Grand Prix and this season was no exception. A gigantic eye stared out at everyone as Rossi rode around the track to say look out, Mugello can hurt you, referring to his accident in 2010 and also as a message to his fans to say keep an eye out because sooner or later Rossi’s and Ducati’s fortunes will turn around. This limited edition T-shirt features the eye graphic printed across the front with the word occhio printed above (Italian for eye) and an eye test graphic printed across the back.

Click here to order yours now.

The new Valentino Rossi Bye Bye Baby T-shirt at Grand Prix Legends

As I’m sure you’re all well aware, this season’s Valencia MotoGP was Valentino’s last with the Yamaha team. Rossi joined Yamaha from Honda in 2004, and has helped move the team from mid-grid no-hopers to championship winning material. Rossi has taken the MotoGP crown on no fewer than four occasions with Yamaha and has won, ironically, 46 races.

To mark the end of this highly successful era, Rossi sported a fantastic T-shirt on the podium which had the ‘Bye Bye Baby’ logo on the front, and a caricature of Rossi kissing his beloved YZR-M1 on the back, something he did after both his first, and last races with the team.

This morning, we were delighted to hear that this T-shirt will be added to the official Rossi collection, though there is only going to be one print run of it. It is therefore a limited edition, although it won’t be officially numbered. We hope to receive the T-shirts in early December, so it will make a great Christmas present for any Rossi fan, or indeed a nice gift to give to yourself!

Either way, you can order yours by clicking here. The price, by the way, is £32.99.

Defending MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has this weekend released a statement from his home in Italy with news of his condition, and his return to the world of motorcycle racing.

“Three weeks have passed since the accident and two since I was discharged from hospital, and I am very happy about how my recuperation is progressing. I am feeling a lot better and I’m starting to live a semi-normal life again, although for a completely ‘normal’ life I will have to wait until I’m back on my bike!

“I am walking with crutches and since a few days I’ve been able to put my foot to the floor. Honestly, I didn’t expect to feel this good just a few weeks after the incident, and I mean both physically and in my ‘spirit.’

“The rehabilitation is continuing as usual, both sitting in the hyperbaric chamber and with some exercises in the gym. Unfortunately my shoulder is still giving me some pain but I am working on the muscles to reduce the pain a bit. If the rehabilitation proceeds without trouble and if everything continues in this way, then my objective is to return at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno.

“I have started to leave the house and my good friends haven’t left me on my own for even a minute, although I’m not used to spending so much time in Tavullia! I miss my bike, my team and the paddock a lot and this ‘new’ sensation is pushing me to get better as quickly as possible.

“I’ll speak to you, but more importantly see you, soon.

“Ciao, Valentino Rossi.”

So there you have it. We’ll see you in Brno Vale, it’ll be good to have you back.

Click here for all of the latest Valentino Rossi merchandise

What an exciting piece of news we have for you today! We have received into stock the first pieces from the 2010 Valentino Rossi VR|46 official merchandise range!

The items we have received so far represent just a small fraction of the full range that we are expecting, and more and more new designs will be going onto the site in the coming weeks. But, if you like the look of the new pieces, the good news is, it’s in-stock now, and ready for immediate despatch!

Click here to view the new pieces on our site.

The official 2009 Valentino Rossi merchandise collection

Click here for the official 2009 Valentino Rossi merchandise collection

Today, (August 26th 2009) we are delighted to be able to launch the official 2009 Valentino Rossi merchandise range, manufactured under the Italian’s brand new VR | 46 label.

There are some fantastic pieces in the range, from the black and yellow cap that Vale has been seen sporting during press conferences, to his trademark yellow hoodie, apparently his favourite piece in the collection!

Click here for the official 2009 Valentino Rossi merchandise collection