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The ex-rider factor: Maurizio Vitali

The ex-rider factor: Maurizio Vitali

In the 1980s Maurizio Vitali was a somewhat obscure and - by his own admission - unlucky 250cc and 125cc rider, who has subsequently enjoyed more success assisting other riders in his more recent role managing Italian helmet maker AGVs MotoGP program.

In the 1980s Maurizio Vitali was a somewhat obscure and - by his own admission - unlucky 250cc and 125cc rider, who has subsequently enjoyed more success assisting other riders in his more recent role managing Italian helmet maker AGVs MotoGP program.

His collaboration with the Piemont-based company led him to work alongside riders such as Max Biaggi and Valentino Rossi.

A four-time Italian Champion on machinery as diverse as MBA, Gazzaniga and Garelli in 250cc and 125cc, he raced in the World Championship from 1981 to 1993 and took two home victories in 125, at Imola and Mugello.

Vitalis riding career was stopped by an injury but two years after he retired, he was keen to come back into the Grand Prix scene, this time working backstage. Thus he became involved with AGV as Racing Coordinator and if at first he treated the role as a hobby, working only on race weekends, it soon developed into a full-time job.

Today, Vitali relishes the opportunity to encourage young riders and offer them guidance, and also still enjoys working closely with Rossi. His involvement in MotoGP may take another turn in the future as his son Luca has embarked on a racing career, as a fledging rider in Aprilia´s Junior GP cup - a one-make competition aimed to promote young Italian talent.

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MotoGP, 2007

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