Silvano Galbusera named as Rossi’s new Crew Chief

Meregalli welcomes former WSBK Crew Chief back to the Yamaha family

YAMAHA Factory Racing have confirmed that Silvano Galbusera will replace Jeremy Burgess from today as Valentino Rossi’s Crew Chief for the 2014 MotoGP season.

Rossi’s new Crew Chief said: “I’d like to thank Yamaha and Valentino for this great opportunity to work close to such a multi-title, high level champion. I’m happy to be back in the Yamaha family and to have an opportunity in such a successful team that is always at the top.”

Galbusera previously worked with Yamaha for 17 years since 1995 as both a Crew Chief and Technical Director in World Superbikes and World Supersport. During this time, the Italian worked alongside many riders who achieved multiple race wins including Troy Corser, Noriyuki Haga, Cal Crutchlow and the 2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies.

Since 2012, Galbusera has been working with Italian Marco Melandri in BMW’s World Superbike team, but for the 2014 season the Italian Crew Chief will be back with the Yamaha family.

Yamaha Factory Racing's Team Director Massimo Meregalli added: “It’s nice to welcome Silvano back to the Yamaha family. Having worked with him personally for ten years I have the utmost respect for his skill and technical expertise.

“For sure he will need some time to adjust to MotoGP but I have no doubt that he has the capability to successfully lead Valentino’s crew into and through the 2014 season. It has been a pleasure to work with Jeremy over this last season.

“On behalf of Yamaha I would like to say we are indebted to him for the huge number of successes and invaluable knowledge he has contributed to Yamaha."