The meanings behind the eye on Rossi's AGV at Mugello
At the last MotoGP round at Mugello Valentino Rossi kept with the home-race tradition of changing his routine to feature a new helmet design - featuring his baby-blue eye atop of the AGV helmet.
In a design collaboration with Aldo Drudi, Rossi's pupil was incorporated into a design that featured the Italian flag, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, together with a caricature of Valentino's dogs.
Typical with the helmets of the seven-time champion the latest design featured a message to anyone listening, much like the wooden design from 2004 in reference to his string of fourth place finishes, or the heart to signify that he still had a passion for racing in 2007. The eye, according to Rossi had a double meaning: the first was "look out because Mugello can hurt you", referring to the accident that changed his luck in the last MotoGP season, while the second meaning is "watch out because sooner or later things will turn around."
Aside from the official description from the man himself, the helmet had triple and quadruple meanings, countless understandings of a simple paintscheme. All eyes were on Vale at his home-race and although he wasn't spectacular and this season isn't going to plan it is clear that Il Doctore already has one eye on next season.
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