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Brivio confirms Yamaha HQ switch

Brivio confirms Yamaha HQ switch

Brivio confirms Yamaha HQ switch

Gauloises Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio today confirmed that the factory's racing headquarters will move from the Netherlands to Italy for 2005.

Speaking at the team's preseason press conference in Bormio on Wednesday, Brivio commented: "There are big changes this year; Yamaha Motor Racing has moved from its previous home in the Netherlands to Yamaha Italia's headquarters here in the Lombardia region of Italy. So now the administration and management of the Factory Team is all in one place."

Brivio also discussed Yamaha's latest evolution MotoGP prototype, which was tested by Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards at Sepang recently, and welcomed the arrival of Edwards to the team, having already worked with the American during his time in the World Superbike series.

"The 2005 version of the YZR-M1 is very different, it has had an engine redesign, although we still have an in-line four according to Yamaha's philosophy," he explained.

"Yamaha has also changed the chassis and cowling and there are many other new details. Already we have made progress in the development of this new bike and we have five more tests to continue to improve, so we hope we will be ready.

"We're very pleased to welcome Colin back; he started with us in Superbikes in 1995 when he was very young and it was his first time away from the US! Now I think he's ready to achieve the best possible results with us and we have a great team with him and Valentino."

MotoGP, 2005

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