Once upon a time, one rider switching teams was a relatively simple affair, requiring no more than a new set of leathers and a new patch to sew on a paddock jacket. Those days are long gone, but the extent of changes brought about by Valentino Rossi's move from Yamaha to Ducati is virtually unprecedented. Today, Yamaha officially announced news that MotoMatters.com had brought you from Aragon in mid-September: that the departure of Rossi's crew from Yamaha would see the reuniting of Ben Spies crew at the factory Yamaha team, when the 2010 Rookie of the Year moves up from the Tuesday after the Valencia test.
It had already emerged at Phillip Island that Rossi's pit crew would be following the Italian to Ducati, making way for Tom Houseworth and Greg Wood to move into the factory Yamaha slots vacated by Burgess and crew. It was also an open secret that Rossi's team manager Davide Brivio would be leaving along with Rossi, a fact now confirmed by the factory Yamaha team. Brivio will be moving into a management role with Rossi's VR46 merchandise brand, though the exact details are yet to be defined, according to GPOne.com.
Taking over Brivio's role inside the factory Yamaha team is Spies' former WSBK team manager, Maio Meregalli. The Italian and the Texan forged a strong bond at the Sterilgarda Yamaha World Superbike squad, and the pair are to be reunited - along with press chief Gavin Matheson - in the factory Yamaha MotoGP squad.
Meregalli's departure leaves a vacancy in Yamaha's World Superbike structure, and it was announced today that former Hayate manager and current Forward Racing Moto2 team manager Andrea Dosoli is to take over the reigns at Yamaha's WSBK squad. The move sees Dosoli reunited with his former Hayate rider Marco Melandri, who is also leaving MotoGP to race for the Sterilgarda Yamaha team, alongside Irishman Eugene Laverty.
The press releases announcing the total reshuffle are shown below:
Yamaha Factory MotoGP Team - Management Changes
Yamaha Factory Racing would like to inform the media of a change of management within the Yamaha Factory MotoGP Team.
After the last race of the 2010 season in Valencia on November 7th Davide Brivio will leave the Yamaha MotoGP organisation. Davide has been working with Yamaha in a variety of roles over a 19-year term, including as Team Manager of the Factory Yamaha World Superbike Team and also as Team Director and most recently as Team Manager of Valentino Rossi's crew in the Factory Yamaha MotoGP Team.
Yamaha would like to express its sincere thanks and appreciation for the long collaboration and specifically for his involvement in the highly successful partnership with Valentino Rossi over the past seven years. We wish Davide all the best for the future.
At the same time we would also like to inform you of the appointment of Massimo ("Maio") Meregalli, who will join the Yamaha Factory MotoGP Team in the role of Team Director. Maio joins the MotoGP Team as a next step in his successful career to date with Yamaha as Team Manager of the Yamaha Motor Italia Supersport Team and, more recently, as Team Manager of the championship-winning Yamaha World Superbike Team.
Maio will begin his new role from Monday November 8th in preparation for the 2011 MotoGP tests in Valencia and he will work together with Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg to form an experienced and unified management team for 2011 and beyond.
Further details of the complete 2011 Yamaha Factory MotoGP Team organisation will be issued on Monday November 8th in Valencia.
Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager Announcement
After several years as team manager for the Yamaha Motor Italia Supersport Team and then manager for the World Superbike Team from 2005 to 2010, Massimo Meregalli will now move across to join the Yamaha Factory MotoGP Team in 2011 in a management role. Joining the WSB team for 2010 to replace him will be current Moto2 team manager and fellow Italian Andrea Dosoli.
Massimo Meregalli’s career with the World Superbike Team reached a high in 2009, securing the World Championship title with American rider Ben Spies. Over the five year tenure under Massimo’s management the WSB team achieved an impressive 24 Superpoles, 104 podiums and 33 race wins with riders including Spies, Noriyuki Haga, Troy Corser, Cal Crutchlow, Andrew Pitt and James Toseland. The team also secured the World Superbike Constructors’ Championship in 2008 for Yamaha.
38yr old Andrea Dosoli brings a wealth of road racing experience to his new role with the team, having been chief mechanic, responsible for data acquisition, MotoGP team manager and Moto2 team manager/co-owner for the duration of the 2010 season. Andrea will take on the responsibility of team management with the Yamaha World Superbike Team from the 10th of November 2010.
Yamaha Motor Europe wishes to express thanks and appreciation for Massimo’s loyalty, dedication and hard work with the World Superbike Team and wish him all the best in his new role with the factory MotoGP team next season.