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Vitali proud to see son Luca´s debut at Mugello

Vitali proud to see son Luca´s debut at Mugello

Former 250cc and 125cc World Championship rider Maurizio Vitali, who now works for AGV helmets, is proud to have his son Luca making his Grand Prix debut at Mugello this weekend.

Maurizio Vitali, who manages AGV´s MotoGP helmet deals, is enjoying the Gran Premio d´Italia Alice weekend at Mugello, where his son Luca is making his World Championship debut as a wildcard with the Aprilia-supplied RCGM team.

Having enjoyed success at the Italian circuit during his own riding career, the man responsible for the preparation and maintenance of Valentino Rossi´s helmets told motogp.com, `It´s obviously a great feeling of satisfaction to see Luca make his debut at the track where I took my last win in the 125cc class.´

Reflecting on his progeny´s initial experiences with two-wheeled machinery Vitali continued, `His career has been quite short so far and when he was younger he was mainly into football, playing as a goalkeeper. Two years ago he decided he wanted to give motorcycles a shot and since then, he has never left his bikes!´

`He started racing in the Italian Sport Production Championship. He did two seasons there got a fourth overall and won it once. This year he has done four races in the Italian 125cc Championship and he was awarded this wild-card as he was the best of the rookies.´

Vitali is clearly putting no pressure on his 16 year-old son, and said of his Italian opportunity, `It should be a great experience for him, but I think it´s still perhaps a bit early for him to be racing in Grand Prix.´

Meanwhile, in his role with AGV, Vitali will be looking after a new Aldo Drudi-designed helmet this weekend as Rossi unveils one of his special editions in celebration of his home GP on Saturday morning.

`As usual Valentino will use a new helmet for his home race at Mugello but I haven´t seen it yet as he´ll use it from tomorrow (Saturday) morning,´ revealed Vitali. `He doesn´t want anyone to see it beforehand and even I will only see it at the last minute when I have to prepare it.´

Tags:
125cc, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE

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