Talking after the Indianapolis GP, Valentino Rossi explained that he is waiting to hear from Jeremy Burgess as to whether the Australian Crew Chief will retire next season. Assured of the fact that Burgess would not stay behind at Yamaha, and would not work with another rider, Rossi stated the buzz around whether Burgess would move with the Italian to Ducati, hinges as to when Burgess plans on retiring from motorcycle racing.
“So now the question mark is whether he [Jeremy Burgess] retire before me,” joked Rossi. “I speak with Jeremy, and I give him time, but…basically because he don’t know if he’s going to continue.” When pressed about Burgess’ role in keeping Rossi at Yamaha, simply stated: “I don’t think Jeremy continue with another rider, or stay another rider, or stay with me.”
Taking Rossi’s seat next year, Ben Spies said that he would be taking his current crew chief Tom Houseworth with him in some capacity, although that exact role hasn’t been decided. “Tom is going to be going with me, and working at some level…we don’t 100% what yet. But the rest of the crew? No that’s to be decided probably in the next couple of weeks…don’t know.”