Daniele Romagnoli, Team Manager on the Lorenzo side of the Fiat-Yamaha garage, has announced that he will be leaving the factory Yamaha team at the end of the 2009 season. A born engineer, Romagnoli is looking to return to his crew-chief roots, and Honda HRC may have that answer.
With the MotoGP Championship still on the line, Romagnoli dropped the news while racing at Phillip Island this past weekend. The news caught most of the paddock by surprise, but didn’t seem to phase Jorge Lorenzo.
For a couple of hours after the news had been leaked, there were rumors that Romagnoli would not be showing up for the last two rounds of the MotoGP season, but Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has put those rumors to rest. Explaining his decision, Romagnoli stated:
“I used to work as a telemetry analyst, and I still have this passion to work inside the garage. I appreciated the opportunity that Yamaha offered me and I accepted it. It’s been a fantastic experience, but I want to to something different that at the present I can’t do in Yamaha because Jorge already has his crew chief Ramon Forcada, so I’ve decided to leave at the end of the season.”
With Andrea Dovizioso’s current crew chief, Pete Benson, also out in the paddock looking for a job, some suspect that Romagnoli could fill that position at the factory Honda garage.