Rossi: 'My crew are coming with me'

Old firm will make switch back from Ducati to Yamaha

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Submitted by rgo on Fri, 17/08/2012 - 09:36

JEREMY Burgess and crew will join Valentino Rossi back at Yamaha MotoGP in 2013.

Speaking to the press about his Yamaha move and a potential future in WSBK, Rossi said: "So I think my crew come with me. More or less the same guys that come with me from Yamaha to Ducati. But is still not decided 100 percent. I think we have to fix some of the ties."

Speculation is that Rossi has signed a two-year deal in MotoGP and will help to develop Yamaha's new superbike for the World Superbike series and then make the switch to WSBK to race that bike. However, Rossi hasn't confirmed that rumour and what he will do after Yamaha MotoGP remains open. The Italian also elaborated on the reasons behind returning to Yamaha for next season.

"And about my future well depends a lot from the result of the next two seasons. Because I want to remain more than two seasons in MotoGP but depends how much I'm strong and I'm fast with the M1. And to have the opportunity for the future for Superbike, yeah, I always say. But it's very early to say, because I hope to be faster, to be competitive, to enjoy and remain in MotoGP more than two season."

Speaking to SpeedTV, Jerry Burgess said: "We are still on the same chassis as he raced in Qatar at the first race this year, and he is no closer to the front ten races later.  It was a no-brainer; the only thing Valentino had to get over was that probably Jorge Lorenzo will be the #1 rider. Valentino asked me to go to Yamaha with him and while I haven't yet spoken to Yamaha that is my intention."

Burgess said that it would be up to Yamaha who they employed as taking on Rossi's crew at Ducati would mean Yamaha would have to lose the current crew who were brought in to work with Ben Spies when Rossi uprooted from Yamaha, taking his crew, which was made up of former Honda mechanics and also long-serving Yamaha mechanics to Ducati.

The Rossi whirlwind continues.

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