With the news that Valentino Rossi would not be continuing with Jeremy Burgess as his crew chief for the 2014 MotoGP season, rumor has been rife as to whom would replace the Australian pit boss. With today marking the first day of the Valenica MotoGP test, we finally have our answer: Silvano Galbusera.
Formerly of the BMW Motorrad WSBK effort, and Marco Melandri’s crew chief, Galbusera has worked with a number of top riders in his career, including Valentino Rossi, as the pair collaborated when Rossi tested on James Toseland’s Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike at Misano, a prelude to Rossi’s return to MotoGP after breaking his leg at Mugello.
Starting his career in motorcycle racing with Gilera in 1979, Galbusera spent 14 years working in both road racing and in the Dakar Rally. In 1994, his attentions turned to the premier class, where he worked with rider John Kocinski at Gilera. Then in 1995 Galbusera joined Yamaha, where he stayed until his 2011 move to BMW Motorrad.
Returning to the tuning fork brand once again, Galbusera resumé also includes working for riders such as Troy Corser, Noriyuki Haga, Cal Crutchlow, and Ben Spies. This week will prove to be difficult for Galbusera, as he comes up to speed with Yamaha’s MotoGP, program, but he certainly sounds like a person who is up to the challenge.
“I’d like to thank Yamaha and Valentino for this great opportunity to work close to such a multi titled, high level champion,” said Galbusera. “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.”
Source: Yamaha Racing