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Burgess celebrates tenth title

Burgess celebrates tenth title

Burgess celebrates tenth title

Jeremy Burgess celebrated his tenth MotoGP World Championship title as a chief mechanic at his home track on Sunday. The Australian tuner guided Wayne Gardner to premier-class success in 1987 before helping Mick Doohan dominate the 1990s and overseeing the rise of Valentino Rossi from 2001.

Burgess broke a relationship of over 20 years with Honda to join the Italian at Yamaha and, in the eyes of many paddock insiders, is just as responsible for their success as Rossi.

"The target was the championship and we've got it," said a satisfied Burgess on Sunday evening. "We made a decision after the warm up to change the bike and run a harder rear tyre. I think it was vindicated by the win.

"I think we always expect to win but you have to win enough races to win a championship. We approached it one race at a time and it has been a very good year."

Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio also expressed his delight at the achievement, having himself been heavily involved in the move to bring Rossi and Burgess to Yamaha from Honda at the end of last season.

"This is like a dream come true for us all," said Brivio. "Like a movie with the best-ever storyline. If we wrote a script it could not have been better or more exciting.

"It was a hard job for all our engineers and Yamaha took a big risk supporting Valentino in this challenge. This was also a big motivation for everyone and our engineers were obviously just waiting for the opportunity to show what they can do."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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