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

  • Bill

    Interesting names that he has worked with. Let’s hope they have some chemistry.

  • smiler

    Good move. Allows Yam to move forward without losing Rossi and Burgess at the same time. Known to Yamahaha and also looking for his next promotion.

    Anyone who has worked with John Bonkers and is still in the business gets a vote.

  • L2C

    No disrespect to Galbusera, but I kind of had the feeling that Rossi would hire someone new, young and hungry to the game. The new boost and motivation that Rossi is looking for could come with working with Galbusera, though I think a young gun would be more likely to shake things up for him than a member of the old guard. Experience does count, for sure it does — but if Rossi is seeking innovation, he probably should have sought out someone from Generation Tech, rather than another baby boomer.

    Just my opinion. Doesn’t really mean anything.

  • John

    Didn’t Rossi break his leg at Mugello, not Sachsenring? Just a minor point.

  • SBPilot

    If first day test times are anything to go by, which they sort of are for riders like Rossi (who know what their times should be), I’d say he’s doing pretty darn good. Lorenzo at the top with a very fast lap time (faster than DP fastest lap of the race), and Rossi was only .098 slower than Lorenzo on the 2014 bike.

    If you watch the coverage, seems like Silvano and Rossi et al are getting on pretty good, couple laughs and well, drastically improved lap times.

    What’s quite interesting is seeing Aoyama only 1.7 seconds down on the RCV1000, after only a few laps and also interesting seeing Iannone only .6 seconds down riding the factory bike not the satellite bike.

    I have to say though, Ducati needs some else to design those fairings because that black test fairing Dovi was using is so ugly I can’t even believe it’s on a GP bike. Like a fat childs face that got smushed.

  • upgrayedd

    Man, Louis CK looks like shit.

  • Horhenzo

    Louis CK, shit, one of my favourite comedians and it didn’t even cross my mind..brilliant