Yamaha Racing announced this week that Davide Brivio, the Team Manager for Valentino Rossi’s side of the garage, will be leaving the team at the end of the season. Taking on a management role in Rossi’s VR46 brand, Brivio will be replaced by Massimo “Maio” Meregalli, the former factory Yamaha World Superbike team manager. Meregalli’s appointment to the position likely has to to with the entry of Ben Spies into the factory team, as he and Spies reportedly became close during the Texan’s WSBK stint with Yamaha.
Maio will begin his new role in Yamaha Racing when the season officially ends on Monday November 8th, and thus will be at the helm during Yamaha’s MotoGP test at Valencia next week. He will work in-hand with Yamaha’s other Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg, who is again in charge of Jorge Lorenzo’s side of the garage next year. The rest of the Yamaha team is expected to be announced on Monday. Expect one Tom Houseworth and one Greg Wood to be named in the team’s addition, along with the rest of Ben Spies’ garage crew from Monster Yamaha Tech3.
Source: MotoMatters & Yamaha Racing