Now that Valentino Rossi has made his move to Ducati official, the only thing left to speculate upon is who will decide to join him at Ducati Corse. Most of this speculation surrounds Rossi’s Crew Chief, Jeremy Burgess, who many consider to be the man behind the man. However other familiar faces at Fiat-Yamaha could be jumping ship as well, namely Davide Brivio.
Brivio is Rossi’s Team Manager at Fiat-Yamaha (with the wall in the Fiat-Yamaha garage, Lorenzo has his own Team Manager, Wilco Zeelenberg), and if the Italian leaves Fiat-Yamaha along with Jeremy Burgess, the team will see a decisive blow in its talent pool.
Brivio is currently being linked to Rossi on a personal level, and would not be making a direct defection to the Ducati Corse camp. Instead, Brivio would serve as Rossi’s personal manager, and presumably would be advising on Rossi on his progress at Ducati.
“An historic chapter is coming to a close at Yamaha, and I wouldn’t have had much more to contribute. Nothing is confirmed at the moment, but I have plenty of time to sort out the details about my next job,” Brivio told Italian website GPone. “But for now I can exclude the possibility of continuing with Yamaha.”
Brivio’s connection to Rossi stems all the way back to 2002 when the then Director of the Yamaha MotoGP team played an instrumental part in bringing Rossi to Japanese manufacturer. While Rossi is expected to arrive with an entourage of support with him to Ducati, it still remains to be seen if Jeremy Burgess will follow the nine-time World Champion.
Source: Crash.net & GPone